John Pomfret examines the remarkable history of the two-centuries-old relationship between the United States and China, from the Revolutionary War to the present day.
As The Story Unrolls
Exhibition focused on the importance, beauty and historical significance behind Chinese scroll making.
Real or imaginary stories have played a dynamic role in the paintings of premodern China. Whereas a single event might be effectively depicted in hanging-scroll format, the handscroll, unrolled right to left and section by section, lent itself to both panoramic imagery and sequential compositions. The figures depicted in these paintings range from rustic to highly cultured, and their settings from boundless landscapes to intimate gardens. The most idyllic imagery, painted in finely ground and colorful mineral pigments, depicts a peaceful and bountiful farming valley suspended in time within a mountain cave. From right to left, its scenes closely follow that described in a narrative poem by Tao Qian (365–427). In a more realistic image, scholarly figures lead the viewer through China’s traditional Four Accomplishments: painting and calligraphy, strategy, music, and literature.
Lenora Chu explores what takes place behind closed classroom doors in China's education system. Chu’s eye-opening investigation challenges assumptions and considers the true value and purpose of education.
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a book talk by Scott Tong and a unique perspective on the transitions in China through the eyes of regular people.