Film Screening: Erma's Wedding (尔玛的婚礼)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wang Center Theater

Caught between two worlds (one ancient and one modern) and two cultures (the Qiang and Han ethnic groups), lovely Yina Erma finds her life filled with chaos and intrigue as her wedding day approaches in this romantic comedy. Filmed in an area of China’s Sichuan province that was later largely destroyed by an earthquake, the movie chronicles the challenges of traditions and families as they decide whether the nuptials should take place i n the country or the city. No charge. Open to all.


Film Screening;If You Are The One (非诚勿扰 )

December 5, Thursday, 6:30 PM

Wang Center Theater

A contemporary Chinese romantic comedy, If You Are The One is a lighthearted look at how difficult it can be to find the right person. (130 min.) No charge. Open to all.


Film Series: China Biographies, Traditional and Contemporary Influences

September 12, Thursday, 6:30 PM

Wang Center Theater

Confucius (孔子決戰春秋 ) From the producer of Red Cliff and Warlords and presented in the same lavish, epic style, this film stars Chow Yun-Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as the legendary hero and sage of the title. The cilm was the winner of the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Cinematography, Golden Phoenix Award for Best Actress, and nominated for Best Actor, Best Music, Best Art Production and Best Make-Up and Costume Design.
(125 min.)
No charge. Open to all.


Film Series: China Biographies, Traditional and Contemporary Influences

October 17, Thursday, 6:30 PM

Wang Center Theater

Forever Enthralled ( 梅兰芳 ) Inevitably recalling director Chen Kaige's 1993 masterpiece, the internationally acclaimed Farewell, My Concubine, this sumptuous period epic Forever Enthralled (originally given the biographical title Mei Lanfang) dramatizes the life of Lanfang (Leon Lai), widely regarded as one of the most legendary opera performers in Chinese history. The Mei School, the performance system named after Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang, is regarded as the representative of Chinese opera and one of the world’s three major opera performance systems. This film is being shown in conjunction with the visiting performance of the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera at Binghamton University on September 25, at the Wang Center. No charge. Open to all.


Film Series: China Biographies, Traditional and Contemporary Influences

November 7, Thursday, 6:30 PM

Wang Center Theater

Behind every great man there lies a teacher, and this was certainly true of Bruce Lee, who claimed as his mentor the martial arts expert Ip Man (1893-1972). A genius of Wushu (a Chinese martial arts school,) Ip Man grew up in country nearly destroyed by racial hatred, nationalistic strife, and warfare. He rose like a phoenix above these ashes, ultimately training martial arts icons such as Lee. Director Wilson Yip dramatizes Ip's life story. No charge. Open to all.






Mid-Autumn Festival

September 25, Wednesday, 6:30 PM

Wang Center Theater and lobby

Performance by the Peking Opera Company of Binghamton University

The Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera (CICO) at SUNY Binghamton will join with the Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. Its internationally recognized performers include faculty from the Binghamton University School of Music and the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. Their performances will feature jingju (Peking Opera) vocals, music, dance, and acrobatics. The performance will be followed by a reception and light refreshments. (Further information will be made available on our website.

China’s Intangible Cultural Heritage: Traditional Chinese Papercutting Workshop ~Jianzhi (剪纸)

Cultural Workshop with Weiwei R. Zhang

September 27, Friday, 4:00-6:00 PM

Wang Center, Room 201

China, where paper was invented, has a long history of the decorative folk art “ psaligraphy” or, jianzhi , which means ‘cut paper’. Paper cuts can represent wishes for good health, good fortune and are used as decoration during the Chinese New Year and other festivals as home décor and are also used as patterns for other artwork. One of the most popular of the decorative arts, it is such an intrinsic and important part of Chinese culture that it is recognized as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO in 2009. Join Ms. Zhang in a hands-on workshop as she demonstrates how to create your own “jianzi” and shares the history of this traditional art form.





Cultural Workshop with Dr. Wang, Xin

October 11 and November 1 , Fridays 4:00— 6:00 PM

Wang Center Theater

China’s Intangible Cultural Heritage: Chinese Calligraphy Workshops by Dr. Wang, Xin Calligraphy, the writing of characters and an art which developed over many centuries in China, is not only a form of communication, but also a means of expressing an aesthetic sense. What makes the written language distinctive is its visual form. “Unlike written words formed from alphabets, Chinese characters convey more than phonetic sound or semantic meaning. Traditional writings about calligraphy suggest that written words play multiple roles: not only does a character denote specific meanings, but its very form should reveal itself to be a moral exemplar, as well as a manifestation of the energy of the human body and the vitality of nature itself.” ( Metropolitan Museum of Art) The traditional Chinese art of calligraphy is recognized as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO . Dr. Xing Wang’s first class was so popular he has returned to lead this 2 session hands-on class on the basics of calligraphy


Cultural Workshop with Dr. Sun, Xiu Rong

November 22, Friday, 4:00-6:00 PM

Wang Center Room 201

Traditional Chinese medicine encompasses different practices rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism dating back more than 5,000 years. Today, traditional Chinese medicine is practiced side by side with Western medicine in many of China’s hospitals and clinics and is now widely used in the United States. Underlying the practice of traditional Chinese medicine is a view of the world and the human body that differs from the concepts of Western medicine. This view is based on the ancient Chinese perception of humans as microcosms of the larger, surrounding universe—interconnected with nature and subject to its forces. The human body is regarded as an entity in which the various organs, tissues, and other parts have distinct interdependent functions. In this view, health and disease relate to balance of the functions. The traditional Chinese practice of acupuncture has been nominated as a UNESCO “Intangible Cultural Heritage.” Join Dr. Sun Xiu Rong, a research scientist at Stony Brook University, and a trained practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine for this lecture and demonstration. No charge. Open to all.