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October 07, 2010

Dispatch from Carol Stepanchuk, CCS Outreach Coordinator


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What’s Happening! Fall 2010

Calendar Facts at Your Fingertips
The harvest moon is waning, but Fall activities are in full swing. Look below for workshops, drama, exhibitions, and global education resources. FYI: The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, the time of year when the moon is at its brightest, was celebrated on September 22 (15th day of the 8th lunar month). The treat of the day was the succulent paste-filled moon cake (1/6 of a serving is all that is really required for celebratory etiquette)—a global favorite now made even more delectable by a new addition: Haagen-Dazs chocolate and vanilla ice cream moon cakes. For the discerning eater.

Also, back-to-schoolers, note: Sept 28 marked the birthday of China’s best known philosopher, Confucius, aged 2,561.

ARTS, MOVIES, DANCE, AND MUSIC

Asia After Dark Moviescape October-November
• Folktales, Legends, and Stories of the Supernatural
October 31, November 7, November 14 1:00 pm
International Institute, 1080 South University, School for Social Work, Ann Arbor

U-M Centers for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Studies
Our autumn moviescapes provide a cross-cultural, cross-regional look at demons, ghosts, and superheroes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cultures. Featured films include Princess Mononoke, Shanghai Film Studio excerpts of Journey to the West, and a Tale of Two Sisters. Stay tuned for details.

Comic Relief
• Living Dreams: Memories of the 1980s Generation
我的醒着的梦—80后的回忆
October 9 (7:00pm)
Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Drama Center, U-M North Campus
1226 Murfin, Ann Arbor, MI
Put aside your preconceived notions about China and allow yourself to become transported into the vivid lives of the 1980s generation. Performed by U-M Chinese students passionate about theatrical arts, Living Dreams tells a complex story about longing, memory, and identity, with captivating music and imagery.
Performed partially in Chinese with English subtitles. Great language opportunity for students of Chinese …

Haiku in Motion
• Hibiki: Resonance from Far Away
Sankai Juku (Studio by the Mountain and Sea)
October 23 (8:00 pm) and October 24 (2:00 pm)
Power Center, Ann Arbor
University Musical Society www.ums.org
This dance company performs butoh, a form of movement often defined by its playful and grotesque imagery, taboo topics, and absurd environments.

Comic Arts
• Danny Yung: TTXS - Soliloquies and Dialogues
天天向上 - 自说自话」:香港文化教父荣念曾漫画作品展
October 15-November 30
715 North University, Suite 201, Ann Arbor
Confucius Institute
A selection of the comics by one of the most influential artists in Hong Kong and neighboring regions, Danny Yung. After returning to Hong Kong he became deeply involved in all aspects of the arts – including comics, theatre, film, conceptual and installation art; a catalogue of his works is in the making… Another unique opportunity for using your Chinese skills.
For more information, email: yangrc@umich.edu; p.734 764-8888

China Photo Album
• Imaging China
October 15-November (TBD)
International Institute, 1080 South University, School for Social Work, Ann Arbor
U-M Center for Chinese Studies
As a student, scholar, traveler, or artist, one’s views about China are constantly shifting.
What will the future of China look like—what from the past will contribute to the fabric of tomorrow? How will innovation, politicization, and cultural trends affect everyday life next year, a decade from now, or well into the future? This exhibit shows the many ways in which participants questioned the future and imagined a response.

Full Orchestral Sound
• Concerto for Orchestra: Zodiac Tales
Bright Sheng, U-M composer
November 11-14, Detroit Orchestra Hall
3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit (313) 577-8416
Every person is born in a zodiac year symbolized by a specific animal that accompanies the person throughout his or her life: the year of the mouse, the buffalo, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the serpent, the horse, the ram, the monkey, the rooster, the dog, and the pig.
Legends of these astrological animals have been appearing throughout history of Chinese literature; and some of the most vivid images of these largely fictional tales have provided the composer with inspiration as a point of departure…The God of Rain, Of Mice and Cats, Three Lambs under the Spring Sun, The Elephant-Eating Serpent, The Tomb of the Soulful Dog, and The Flying Horses.

KEEPING ON TOP OF GLOBAL EDUCATION

Films in the Classroom
Energized Films www.energizedfilms.com education through documentary films
Journeys in Film www.journeysinfilm.org curriculum to accompany films
Asian Educational Media Service www.aems.uiuc.edu focus on Asian materials and media library services
Fresh Takes on a Flat World (see below under classroom projects) stories that photos tell

Connecting Classrooms with Technology
IREX (US State Dept) www.irex.org online projects, audio greetings, digital stories
Global Nomads Group www.gng.org (Asia Society?) interactive videoconferencing, media literacy workshops, broadcasting live field programs; 12 years, 45 countries, over 1 million students
ePals www.epals.com K-12 school safe e-mail for Global Community, includes automatic language translation, STEM connections with students, 200 countries

Connecting Classrooms with Projects
New Global Citizens www.newglobalcitizens.org High school campus teams select a global partner project, educate the community, and fundraise to affect real change (partnerships with IDEX, Youth Action International and others)
World Savvy www.worldsavvy.org Middle and high school students study critical issues surrounding an annual global theme, research an interesting aspect of the theme, participate in field trips and take action at international, national and local levels.
Fresh Takes on a Flat World http://issuu.com/wkcd/docs/ayv_book_for_flip_book What Kids Can Do and Adobe Youth Voices helps young people document their lives and communities using digital cameras and audio recorders—then sharing their results through multimedia projects and photo essay books.

Travel Opportunities for Teachers
American Councils for International Education administers a variety of cultural exchange, study abroad, and research programs for teachers on behalf of both public and private funders.
Earthwatch Institute’s Fellowship program enables teachers to participate in science-focused research expeditions worldwide.
Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program provides funded programs for teachers to participate in international exchanges and conduct research abroad.
Funds for Teachers provides educators with grants for travel to enhance their classroom skills and knowledge.
Toyota International Teachers Program offer fully funded, international, professional development opportunities for US educators.
World View, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, annually provides international summer study visits for teachers.

Local Connections
Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
"Adventures in Multicultural Living" column at www.annarbor.com; www.franceskaihwawang.blogspot.com
• IMDiversity.com Asian American Village Editor, http://www.imdiversity.com/villages/asian

May the season be full of success—all the best to you and your students!

Posted by zzhu at October 7, 2010 10:27 PM