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Senior Recital – Merry Li

CFA Staffer Andrew Chatfield invites you to a senior music recital by Merry Li ’15, “A Show from the Chinese Cultural Revolution.”

The performance will include revolutionary songs from China whose performance complements Li’s written thesis work on the relationship between revolutionary songs and visual propaganda during China’s Cultural Revolution.

Date: Sunday, March 29th
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: World Music Hall (CFA)

Great LOL of China: Chinese Comedy Performance and Lecture


Grady McGregor ’16 writes in:

Chinese-English Bilingual improv comic Jesse Appell will be coming to Wes all the way from Beijing to dazzle us with some Chinese-style comedy. If you’re at all interested in China, comedy, or fun things come to the East Asian Studies Center this Thursday night for Jesse’s performance.The event will be free and open to both English and Chinese speakers.

After graduating from college, Jesse went to Beijing, China as a Fullbright Scholar to study with a Xiangsheng (a traditional form of Chinese comedy) master. He has since expanded his repertoire to include writing a comedy column in the South China Morning Post, producing and acting in a number of hit viral music videos, and performing stand-up comedy in English and Chinese.


Jesse’s highlight reel

CBS news feature on Jesse:
Jesse’s website:

This event is sponsored by Alpha Delta Phi and the College of East Asian Studies.

  • Date: TODAY, Thursday, Nov. 20
  • Time: 8:00pm
  • Place: Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace
  • Facebook: event

Lanterns and Special Effects in 17th Century China


Via Amy Zhang ’15:

Don’t miss this talk tomorrow afternoon at the Center for East Asian Studies! Professor of East Asian Languages and Literature at Yale University, Tina Lu, will be speaking on ‘Lanterns and Special Effects in 17th Century China’.

Date: Tomorrow, September 23rd
Time: 4:30PM
Place: Center for East Asian Studies Seminar Room


Flag-Pins-Israel-ChinaHMs Lynn Ma ’16 and Talia Baurer ’15 present to you this program:

Join us for a discussion led by Professor Vera Schwarcz of the History department on Jewish identity in China!!

Sponsored by the Bayit and Chinese House, this event will cover the “youtai of China as an example of enduring Jewish attachment in our time.” (VS)

Chinese food will be served for dinner!!!

Taken her class on this topic before? Never even knew Jews existed in China? It doesn’t matter how much you know! Come out and listen in for a little bit on this fascinating topic :)

Date: Tuesday, November 19th
Time: 5-6:30pm
Place: The Bayit
Cost: FREE!

Chinese Cultural Society Lecture Series: “Legacies of the May Fourth Movement”

From Meiyi Cheng ’13:

Many of you have learned how amazing Professor Vera Schwarcz is at Wesleyan Thinks Big, yes, she’s giving another talk this week!

Chinese Cultural Society presents:
“Legacies of the May Fourth Movement”
by Vera Schwarcz
Professor of History, East Asian Studies
Wednesday April 17, 4:30 pm, Judd 116

The May Fourth Movement in China on May 4, 1919 was a monumental, anti-imperialist, cultural and political movement growing out of student demonstration in Beijing, protesting the government’s weak response to the Versailles Treaty, especially regarding the Shandong Problem. This was the first time in Chinese modern history when nationalist, anti-colonialist movements shifted towards the populist bases, who were inspired, directed by intellectual elites. The main participants were young students, advocating patriotic, modern ideals of “enlightenment”, “national salvation”, “liberty, democracy and science” while pushing to disengage themselves from bonds to authority. The May Fourth Movement opened an era of Chinese Renaissance with an intense focus on rationalism, science and experimentation. Western ideals such as liberalism and communism were introduced. The Chinese Communist Party was established. Yet certain radical cultural, political attitudes eroded many positive elements of Chinese traditional society.

The influence of the May Fourth Movement extended for generations. On June 4, 1989, young students radically protested against political authorities for democracy and the rule of law. This event, known as the Tiananmen Square Incident, was intimately connected to the May Fourth Movement yet failed to bring ideal reforms to the country.

In contrast, what did students do in the May Fourth Movement to actively find a direction towards that the people could refine the society? Where did the seeds of radicalism come from? And in the context of modern Chinese society, how do we understand the significance of the sudden emergence of public political space as was brought up by the May Fourth Movement? Indeed what can be done?

Come join us!

Date: Today, April 17th
Time: 4:30pm
Place: Judd 116
Cost: The cost of FREEDOM
Facebook Event: Link.

Chinese Conversation Hour

*Adorable Chinese children not included.

Come practice speaking Chinese and meet others interested in Chinese culture and language:

Every Thursday from 12 – 1, bring your lunch over to 41 Wyllys Room 113. All levels are welcome!

Date: Every Thursday
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 113
Facebook: Link

Preliminary Call for Help With Documentary

195536760_7ede341db0Zheyan Ni ’15 is looking for help with her documentary idea. If you’d like some experience working in film, this could be perfect:

This is a preliminary idea. I want to make a short documentary to reflect the living condition of Chinese immigrants (stowaways) in New York City. By interviewing them about their daily life, change of values and the challenges they dealt with, I hope to be able to tell a story and address an issue. All ideas, technical supports and suggestions are welcome. If you are interested in my proposal, please email me at zni(at)wesleyan. Thank you!

Date/Time: Now!
Place: New York?
Cost: N/A

Stowell ’13 Translates, Edits Book of Chinese Poetry

Earlier this semester we posted about Travel as Treatment, a collection of poetry written by Glenn Stowell ’13 during a summer he spent in China on the Olin Fellowship’s dime. Today we offer Stowell big, slightly belated ups for editing, translating, and writing the introduction to Yan Jun’s You Jump to Another Dream, a book of Chinese poetry published byVagabond Press. As the Wesleyan Connection reports, Stowell’s publication is the result of an independent study project he took on at Wesleyan last year:

Last spring, Stowell worked with Ao Wang, assistant professor of Asian languages and literatures, assistant professor of East Asian studies, on an independent study on translation of contemporary Chinese poetry. You Jump to Another Dream was the result of the independent study. Additionally, the Olin Fellowship provided Stowell with funds needed to travel to China this summer and to work with Yan Jun on their book.

Stowell, a 2011-2012 Wesleyan Student Poet, also authored a collection of poetry, Until We Leave, for Wesleyan’s own Stethoscope Press last year.

Not sure how translating Chinese poetry can help you in the real world? Stowell also just landed a two-year contract working for Goldman Sachs in New York. Take that, mom and dad.

 [Wesleyan Connection]

GET BLOGGIN’ OR DIE TRYING: Abloags Spring ’12!

Birds. You hear birds.

You wake up under the blazing sun. On your back. On the beach. The back of your mouth tastes funny;  the bile is yours, but you’re not sure if the blood is. With whatever scintilla of strength you have, you lift your head up to assess bodily damage. Everything’s there. But for some reason, you’re dressed up like a bunny. And you’re pretty sure somebody jacked your liver.

Man. Being abroad is awesome.

But how are you ever going to tell this story? It’s hard, because there’s just so many details, feelings, and thoughts, and you just know that when somebody asks you, when you get back to campus, “how was abroad?,” you probably shouldn’t start with this story. Because if you do, you either sound like a liar, or a showy douchebag.

So what do you do? You keep a blog, much like three currently abroad Wes-souls who have sent us their links over the past few weeks. Click on to find out who they are, and what they’re up to.

Chinese Music Ensemble Spring Concert

This concert features the Wesleyan Chinese Music Ensemble. Formed by Wesleyan students, faculty members and friends, the ensemble presents a variety of music styles from China and Taiwan, including folk and contemporary and solo and ensemble repertoires. Highlights include the theme song of famous Chinese TV serial Dream of the Red Chamber, the Hungarian Radetzsky March, as well as numerous orchestral and chamber pieces. Come join us for an evening of culture and fun!

$2 students, $3 general.

  • Date: Saturday, April 30
  • Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Place: World Music Hall
  • Cost: $2 for students
  • Facebook Event: Here