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My heart follows

2021-02-24

On 21th Feb. 2021, a bilingual lecture was given by Zhou Changu Art Museum to a group of children at age six to 13.As the volunteer teacher, I named this lecture “My heart follows" based on the art exhibition on set, "Classic of the times by Lu Yanshao, Song Wenzhi and Zhou Changu." It also meant that my heart followed three great Chinese painters, and I wished to pass the Chinese culture to the young generation.During the lecture, I mainly talked about how to appreciate the Chinese Paintings, such as the arrangement of the pictures, poem, calligraphy and seals.Both Lu Yanshao and Song Wenzhi had created many landscape paintings according to Tang Poem of ancient China. Such as painting“轻舟已过万重山”by Mr.Song Wenzhi. The name of this art work is from well-known poem “Leaving the White King’s town at dawn by Li Bai.He also painted many pictures of Southern China. Such as “江南春”,it matched Bai Juyi’s poem, “Dreaming of the Southern Shore”.After listening to the lecture and visiting the real masterpieces on set, Children were satisfied and contented. Their eyes shone, their faces were bright with happy and sweet smiles. They learnt not only how to appreciate the traditional Chinese paintings and poems but also the language of English.As the saying goes, “The old must make way for the young.” Children are the future of our country, and it is my great honor to equipment them   with a sense of perspective of our great culture. Let them to promote the traditional culture in the future.

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All day long the rain has been beating against the windows. I can’t bear to see the foggy sky on Monday morning at nine o’clock. I was depressed and didn’t know what to do at the moment.   Suddenly, my phone ringed, “Hello, Miss Chen. Are you at school or home?” The ring saved me. It was from Mr. Zhao Bohui. Voice continued:” I will arrive at my studio in twenty minutes, come to pick up the scarf I promised if you are free now.”  I remembered I did ask him for a scarf which was the extension products of his last exhibition, but I didn’t expect that he would take it seriously. Honestly speaking, I didn’t trust celebrities; those people have very short memories. So I quickly looked around my room to see if there was anything I could use as a return gift. Well, I’ve bought some Soft Waffle from Walmart yesterday. I took it and went to meet him.It was the first time I met the artist in person. I didn’t know him well. When I arrived, the gift bag was ready on the tea table. Inside the paper bag was a silk scarf, a cotton bag and a magazine. To be polite, I didn’t take the gift and leave at once. To be selfish, I missed the smell of the paints and the chaos of the studio. I needed a little time to sort myself out. “Are you going to paint this morning? I began to talk at random.“No.” He leaned on his sofa and lit up a cigarette.“May I take photos of your paints?”“Make yourself at home.” He smiled.I realized he was a man of few words just like me. But I did appreciate his warmth and suited myself.There were paints leaning against the walls, piled on the desk, then, I found several paints hid in the corner. Three framed portraits in black and white, another group of comprehensive paintings. Those were not the same as the ones on his last show and feelings cannot be ignored. The show was sweet, bright, full of happiness and prosperous. “My world is just like this paint, dark and heavy.” I pointed out one of the paints. “Tell me what you think,” he demanded with another old paint on hand. “I am not sure if it worth keeping.” He said bitterly. “It’s hard to say.” I gave a wry smile. I knew he could paint over previous work. But I didn’t stop him from tearing off the canvas. The sound was clear on air and I hate to see that. A song appeared on my mind.“ Through early morning fog I seeVisions of the things to beThe pains that are withheld for meI realize and I can seeThat suicide is painlessIt brings on many changes And I can take or leave it if I pleaseThat game of life is hard to playI’ m gonna lose it anywayThe losing card I’ll someday laySo this is all I have to saySuicide is painless…To answer question that are key“Is it to be or not to be”(To be continued)

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【Lixia】立夏

2019-05-06

Every solar year around May 5th, as the sun reaches the celestial longitude of 45 degree. Everything grows bigger and faster since then. It is the end of Spring and beginning of the summer. In the afternoon of May 4th, many people gathered together at the backyard of WaSun Cottage ,an intangible cultural heritage, to welcoming Lixia and the May 4th Youth Day. Parents and kids enjoyed the origin of Lixia, stories given by Mr. Zhao shunlong, former vise president and researcher of folk literary, brought cheerful laughers to the summer air.Every year on Lixia, peas, plums, loquat and tea flavored eggs are the traditional food people usually eat. It is called “xia san xian”(夏三鲜) in Chinese. it contains three kinds of food from the earth, the trees and under water. According to Chinese medicine theory that if you eat these three kinds of food on Lixia, you would not have an eating disorder and you would grow throughout the summer. It is also based on “Yin and Yang”, to keep a balance of your body,to resist the summer heat.In ancient days, parents would like their kids sitting on a stone mill and eating boiled soft, sweet peas. So the kids can resist the summer heat and live a long life. This is so called “zuo zai dao jiu shang mian chi mei mei”,(坐在捣臼上面吃豆子) 。“mei mei”is a local dialect, it means “peas”. After eating peas, children also play a game with fried peas with their friends. It brings back some good old times for parents and great joys for children while trying to win more peas fromtheir competitors.

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