Housewarming Ceremony held at China Institute in New York,
– World Zen Art Center Luoseng reports
China Institute at 40 Rector Street in New York held a grand housewarming ceremony starting from 11:00 am September 12, 2015. The opening Kong Fu performance attracted a lot of people. Many parents with their children came to consult the relevant cultural activities. Activates like dance, Taichi, Chinese cooking classes and demo teaching were conducted in the newly-updated classrooms. Mr. YiXiong GU from the World Zen Art Center was also invited to perform Zen brush painting. With the calm Zen music, Mr. Gu performed his landscape paintings, and the audience, either standing or sitting on the floor, experienced the tranquil feelings. The participants, whether adults or young kids, all enjoyed a good time and showed a strong interest in Chinese culture. What a lively festive!
China Institute was founded nearly 90 ago. The move to the new premises in downtown Manhattan, which quadruples the space from the original 9000-foot to 52,000 foot, has a historic significance. The increased facility will greatly magnify the service capacity and will attract more people to learn Chinese culture. With the concern of the Sino-US relations in the world, China Institute has been playing an important role as a bridge in the East-West cultural exchanges. From the website of China Institute, we know that China Institute, with its establishment in 1926, is a non-partisan, non-profit cultural and educational organization. It was the first in America to promote the Chinese traditional and modern culture and serves as a window for American people to understand China. Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang was invited by China Institute to perform in the United States, which amazed the western world the essence of Chinese culture. China Institute was also the home of the Chinese students and scholars to the United States to study Western culture in the past. Over the years of development, China Institute has built its signature programs in education, art exhibitions and various cultural lectures for westerners to deepen their understanding of China.
This is my first glimpse of China Institute. And I wish a greater success of China Institute in the future!