Archive for May, 2012

May 30

Do non-Caucasian men do crafts?

When I go to craft shows and meet other crafters, I see Caucasian men who do crafts. Crocheting, sewing, woodworking, etc. I even met one who collages things. They’re not usually gay either. But, I never see Black or Latino or Chinese etc. men who do a craft. Are they in hiding? Plenty of artists, but no crafters or artisans.

when i was a practicing psychiatric nurse at a large teaching hospital i had a male, black orderly who used to crochet while at work. he was a big burley man with a lovely wife. he made many beautiful afghans. he really did fabulous work and said his father taught him.


May 30

which japanese and chinese martial art is more effective for explosive strength and improving physique?

I would like to know from people with a great height of experience in this field. Also, how often should I train and practice what I am taught? I don’t really know a thing about martial arts but i have seen a couple of martial arts movies (Enter the Dragon, Kill Bill vol. 1and2, The Next Karate Kid, and The Karate Kid-which i loved both the girl and boy main character! Please let me know!

you have to go with Hung Gar or Karate. it’s a chinese kung fu. it’s more than fighting (, taekwondo and boxing…all they do is ‘watch you fight’ )

Hung Gar has forms that….
- are good for your health (gong ji, a meditation form)
- build strength
- help you with fighting applications

- improve hand-eye co-ordination
- calm the mind etc….

some schools have you learn the traditional lion dance.!

the hard part is finding a GOOD master.


May 29

Tree Ripened Loquats – Chinese Watercolor Painting Demo with Henry Li

chinese painting Loquats are unusual among fruit trees in that the flowers appear in the early winter, and the fruits are ripe in early spring. This golden fruit is a very common subject matter in traditional Chinese Painting.
Colors used: Marie’s Chinese watercolors (Gamboge Yellow, Orange Yellow and Verminion, Indigo Blue and Burnt Tea(dark brown).
Brush used: Piston-filler Waterbrush Pens
Paper: Single Layer Xuan(Shuan or Shuen) Rice Paper
All supplies can be found at
Thank you for viewing!

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May 29

China UFO Sighting of 9 Ghostly Craft in Sky, Sept 1, 2010, 2nd Eyewitness Video.

chinese crafts Date of UFO sighting: September 1, 2010
Location of Sighting: Xi’ian, China
Source: China Daily Newspaper

Full report at:

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May 29

Inexpensive Chinese Calligraphy Four Treasure Combinations for Absolute Beginners (#1-b)

chinese calligraphy These combinations for practicing Chinese Calligraphy without buying DVD or expensive books and tools upfront are designed for absolute beginners to learn Chinese characters (hanji, kanji). I have been researching these resources in U.S. over the years and have recommended for friends and students as a starter kit combination.

Forbidden City:
Robert Bo 薄先生
(972) 758-7238
Please call between 12-6 PM, Mon to Sat, Texas time
Near Coit & Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas or
(Bamboo paper sold out in 2008 / available after 2009)
Bamboo paper from bookstores in Dallas (Richardson) China Town, Texas
唯美書局 LaserTrek Books & Music (972) 235-8678
世界書局 Chinese Daily News Books (972) 690-0163
Online shopping:

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May 29

The Chinese Arts Spoken in English, for English Speaking Students. “It makes sense!”

chinese art The Chinese Art Channel explained in Plain English, for English Speaking People.
Someone recently complained to me that most Chinese Art Channels on YouTube are all in full spoken Chinese. “What use is this to me. It’s useless. I speak English like everyone else in the West.”
This is a dilemma and a short-sightedness of those irresponsibly handling what is supposed to be an international arena of shared leisure and spiritual pass-time but moreover, a way of life. on the other hand, you can at least watch the method, though I admit, many Chinese Art videos spent long periods of time explaining things about the brush, its handling and so on, for long long periods of time, all in full blasting Chinese.
I am as clueless as anyone else when it comes to such education but at least the Chinese can benefit from this. I hope anyway. There are many languages in China. The on commonality is the Written language.
Chinese Bamboo Painting Education for English Speaking Students.
A little lesson in Bamboo Representation in China. I ama lways intrigued with the degree of variance one can find even in spontaneous painting Chinesewise with bamboo.
It is singularly one of the most painted plants of China.
Here is lesson TWO about the Symbology and attitude towards Chinese Bamboo.

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May 28

The Incomparable Paris

The world’s largest number of tourists flocks to Paris. It occupies an exalted place, unapproachable by any other tourist spot. Politics and History, Renaissance and Revolutions, Modernism, monuments and museums all jostle here side by side and delight the tourists. To exhaust visiting places of interest and instruction in Paris, it would take several weeks. Art or Architecture, Music or Painting, history or philosophy, Dancing or Sculpture, Food or Wine, delights to the senses or intellect, name anything, you can have it in Paris.

Having played a very laudable part in the European Renaissance and political Revolutions of modern times and having had such rulers like Louis XIV and Napoleon Bonaparte, it is not surprising that Paris echoes with the spirit of enlightenment. We have a trail of great historical monuments which played a turning point in the history of not only the whole of Europe but the world as well.

Of great museums alone 40 or more must be visited. Among them a few like Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, Musee d’art Moderne, Marmottan Museum, Picasso Museum, Mussee d’ Ennery, Musse Henner, Musee Grevin, etc. are notable. The exhibits in different museums often deal with different areas like medieval art, painting, Chinese Art, oriental antiquities, fashion through the ages etc. Even the notable are only illustrative and by no means exhaustive.

The magnificent monuments from the middle ages through the nineteenth century are a delight to the eyes, besides making us wonder at the splendor of French monarchy. Louvres, Versailles, Invalides, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel tower, Grande Arche are accorded the highest value by the tourists. The Church did not lag behind in leaving its legacy in such structures like Notre-Dame, Sacre-coeur, and Sainte Chapelle. The serenity and solemnity in these places are an addition to the spiritual solace they offered to the faithful ones.

We must bear in mind that apart from this tryst with the spiritual and secular past, the greatness of the present must be sought after and appreciated. Countless hotels and clubs offer music, dance and other programs to enthrall the senses. Paris is considered as a delight for the discerning gourmets as well.

There are more than 2500 hotels and depending upon your budget and expectations, you can book online reservations in almost all of them. Starting as low from 35 Euros, the prices go up to several thousand Euros depending upon the taste of the individual tourists. Luxury buses, taxis, tourist vehicles and all modes of conveyance would make you feel at home in Paris, the city of light and delight.



May 28

A Renaissance of Chinese Culture

Over the past four years, under the auspices of New Tang Dynasty TV (NTDTV), a group of artists and scholars have breathed new life into Chinese culture. Together they have produced a world class annual cultural show that is bringing about a renaissance of ancient Chinese culture and traditons. Their annual global Chinese New Year Spectacular is touring the world’s top theaters around the globe. In just a few short years the production has grown from seven performances in five cities in 2004, to 76 performances in 30 cities in 2007. Audiences have swelled, in turn, with last year’s shows landing on Billboard Magazine’s number seven slot for most successful productions. But the real story lies not in the figures, however striking they may be, but in the meaning of it all. Behind the numbers is a tale of tragedy, perseverance, hope, and renewal.

After the takeover in China by the communists in 1949, traditional Chinese culture and spiritual traditions were destroyed and outlawed. Almost all the temples and many invaluable art treasures were smashed and burned. They, the communists, then went ahead to change history books and brainwashing generations of Chinese with party culture, class struggle and Marxist ideology.

Many of the show’s artists and creators have firsthand experience of the oppression of traditional culture and human rights. One of them is artistic director Rutang Chen who went through the pain and humiliation of the Cultural Revolution. He and his wife were separated and sent to the countryside to be “reformed” through hard labor—all for the crime of being artists who played the cello and flute. Years later, when they were allowed to play their instruments again in China’s leading Central Symphony Orchestra, all classical and traditional music had to be scrapped in favor of patriotic songs. Many orchestras were disbanded altogether.

With NTDTV’s shows, gone are the red flags of Chinese communism. Gone are the pirouetting People’s Liberation Army soldiers. Gone are all those lyrics crafted to stir patriotism. In their absence is a cultural space that has been missing for years.

Instead, NTDTV’s Spectacular serves up China’s best traditional arts in all their glory, vigor, and spiritual robustness. Many traditional Chinese instruments are used, and costumes are faithfully recreated from old manuscripts, paintings and pottery. Everything, including the magnificent backdrops, evoke the grandeur of China’s great dynasties and legends of remote history.

You can see it in each carefully placed step of the Lotus Arts Troupe dancers. You can hear it in the deep, heartfelt playing of the Erhu, an ancient Chinese two-stringed violin. And you can feel it in each act—that intangible ingredient that makes the difference between ordinary and magical.

This is Chinese culture brought to life by people who live it. But it’s also culture meant to inspire, ennoble, and nurture its audience. Unlike shows produced in China, where under communist rule today much of the arts is like a plastic veneer, playing to the fancy of the passing tourist, the NTDTV show runs deep—true to the profound, 5,000 year-old culture of China.

Between January and March the 2007 NTDTV Chinese New Year Spectacular tours Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and major cities in Canada, Europe and Asia.

John Augustyn


May 28

Traditional chinese painting course in china for English Speakers.?

Hi, does anyone know of a good traditional Chinese Art school in china which teaches in english. I was looking at a year course or so. The more traditional the best. Many thanks, Andre

There is a link below that gives you a choice in Shanghai. It does mention for foreigners and the page title is "Four art schools with most Chinese Painting courses in Shanghai"

Hope this helps.



May 28

what are the differences between zen chinese buddhist art and zen japanese buddhist art?

I’m writing a paper on buddhist art in japan and china. I need some helpful resources. Particularly on the meaning of enlightenment depicted in the paintings

Wikipedia has a good article on Buddhist art, with sections on Chinese and Japanese Buddhism.

Open Directory has links to some good resources:

Best wishes on your project.