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.
Zhihua Buddhist Temple Ensemble
Hear Chinese Buddhist music dating to the seventeenth century when the Zhihua Buddhist Temple Ensemble performs on traditional ritual instruments.
Hear Chinese Buddhist music dating to the seventeenth century when the Zhihua Buddhist Temple Ensemble performs on traditional ritual instruments. This six-member ensemble is led by the double reed (guanzi), accompanied by flute (dizi), mouth organ (sheng), gong chime (yunluo), and large drum (dagu). The group’s liturgical music is drawn from some of the oldest written scores in China, including the Golden Character Scripture dating to 1694, which includes a melody used in the early Ming court.
Flutist Chen Tao can be heard on the soundtracks to the film Seven Years in Tibet and the PBS documentary Under the Red Flag. Along with double reed player Bao Jian, he is part of the twenty-seventh generation of Zhihua Temple musicians. Hu Jian-Bing, performing on mouth organ, is a former member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Flutist Xu Yu-Yuan appeared for many years with the Shanghai Peking Opera House Orchestra.
These performances are presented in conjunction with Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia .
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a talk by Lenora Chu, whose new book 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, USC Pacific Asia Museum, and USC Shoah Foundation present a screening of the film Above the Drowning Sea, the story of the dramatic escape of European Jews from Nazi-controlled Europe to Shanghai on the eve of World War Two. Followed by a panel conversation.