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China-Related Talks + Performances

“Writing systems of the Yi peoples of Southwest China: past and present” , Monday, November 14 from 12:00-1:00 pm, HUB 214.

Professor Steve Harrell will talk about the magic of the Yi people’s systems for writing their own language which are not related to any other systems on earth while all other writing systems in use today are derived from the Phoenician alphabet devised in the second millennium BCE. This illustrated talk will introduce how there systems work, the known history and the imagined prehistory of the systems, and some of the problems encountered in trying to use these systems to communicate in today’s society.


–          “Peking Opera Demystified”, November 30, 12:30-2:00 PM, Anderson Hall 223.

Ghaffar Pourazar, an internationally renowned Peking Opera master will give you an insider view and share his secrets and wonders about Peking Opera, one of China’s most famous arts. Performer will talk, sing, act, dance and perform while giving you the information you need to understand the Opera’s traditions and origins. Come experience Chinese culture, language and tradition as never experienced before at this unique talk and performance!


–          “A Reflection on the Dilemma of modernizing education for the Yi Ethnic Minority People”, December 9 , 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, HUB 340.

Prof. A Ga from Sichuan Normal University. The introduction of modern education into a society which in the past did not have a formal education system, coupled with the three forces of globalized capitalism, the modernization of the state and the development of nationality minorities is a dynamic process which has encountered many difficulties. The modernization of the education of the Liangshan Yi has gone through four historic periods. This talk will introduce the history of modern education of the Liangshan Yi and some of problems Yi encountered.

These are all free events, welcome to join us!