Western classical music was condemned during China's Cultural Revolution. But China is now the principal producer and largest consumer of many "Western" musical instruments.
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! 中秋节快乐!
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Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋節 (or Moon Festival) has been marked in East Asia for millennia. It's tied to the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month and arrives this year on September 21. It is a traditional time for families to gather. All Chinese know the story of Chang'e 嫦娥 stealing the medicine of immortality and fleeing to the moon. Houston flight control discussed the legend with the Apollo 11 astronauts just before their 1969 moon landing (095:17:28). Chang'e is the name used since 2007 for China's lunar missions.
Mooncakes are the stars of the mid-autumn festival. The round pastries are filled with a variety of items. They symbolize reuniting, sharing with family and friends. Mooncakes are popular gifts and, as the chart below shows, sales are rising in China. And beyond. Here in the U.S., grocery stores catering to those of East Asian ancestry prominently feature a variety of mooncakes. Pallets of them can be found at Costco. Walmart and Amazon sell moon cake molds.
We at the USC U.S.-China Institute wish your family plenty of mooncakes and a happy, safe reunion (whether in person or digitally)!
Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a look at the resurgence of classical music in China through the legacy of the Philadelphia Orchestra, from its first performances in the PRC in 1973 until its most recent tour in 2018.
Kirk Denton will look at the role of politics—especially political parties—in the establishment, administration, architectural design, and historical narratives of museums in Taiwan.