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200 moving Tang-era poems speak to the reader across the ages

As I read In the Same Light: 200 Tang Poems for Our Century, translated by Wong May, I remind myself that they were written about 1,200 years ago, spanning more than 250 years, longer...

Cheryll Leo-Gwin’s ‘Larger Than Life’ exhibit at Jack Straw is more like poetry than...

As I walk through Northwest artist Cheryll Leo-Gwin’s exhibit Larger Than Life at the Jack Straw Cultural Center, I am first attracted by the colorful images and beautiful compositions. I sense that each work...

The Chinese language revolution

Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern, by Jing Tsu, takes us through the beginning of the Chinese language in revolution, the challenges to make Chinese typewriters, telegraphy, creation of a...

Can art bring healing? Four artists at the Wing Luke Museum say yes

Suchitra Mattai, “Recognition: Pratyabhijna, Homer and Susheela.” Photo by Fred Wong Wing Luke Museum’s current art exhibition is titled “Reorient: Journeys Through Art and Healing”, and is curated by Lele Barnett. “ the innovative work of...

An artist to remember: Cascadia Art Museum showcase the work of Kenjiro Nomura

Cascadia Art Museum’s exhibition (through 2/20/22) of Kenjiro Nomura is a rare chance to see the works of a Japanese American artist that have been nearly forgotten for 60 years. The exhibition wall text...

A book review of “The Rise of West Lake: A Cultural Landmark in the...

Xiaolin Duan is great at telling the story of how beautiful West Lake became a tourist destination, political symbol, extension of the imperial capital city of Hangzhou, market place, religious place, poetic symbol, and...

“A Song Everlasting” asks, would you sacrifice your personal freedom by following the rules...

There is a Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times!” And as we still inhabit the drama of the COVID-19 pandemic and 2020, it’s a breath of fresh air to read a story...

Monkey King: An ancient Chinese superhero about to take America by storm

Monkey King is a new translation of Journey to the West, “one of the all-time great fantasy novels”, written in China in the 16th century. I’ve loved the adventures of Monkey King since I...

“Spirited Stone: Lessons from Kubota’s Garden” is a celebration of this special place in...

Reading Spirited Stone brings back memories of many visits to Kubota Garden. I remember my first visit to Kubota Garden. I was looking for a place to spend a beautiful day outside with my family....

“Modern Ink: The Art of Wu Changshi” is filled with personal meaning

The Modern Ink series features innovative painters starting from “the first Opium War in 1840 and ending with the beginning of the Cultural Revolution in 1966. was characterized by profound political, economic, and...