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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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【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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