2. The Google Art Project as collected hundreds of works of art from around the world and made them available to all who have access to the internet. How can you utilize these resources in your classroom?
3. Which intercultural cues are especially important to be aware of prior to traveling to China?
Music - 音乐
Chinese Opera - Chinese, or Peking opera, also known as Beijing opera, is a complicated Chinese stage art which combines performances, acrobatics, music, arias, gongs, drums, facial paintings and many other features. For more information about Chinese Opera, check out Cultural Heritage of China.
Teresa Teng - Possibly the most famous Chinese singer out there, 邓丽君started singing professionally as a teenager in the 1960s and her career stayed strong until she died at age 42 in 1995. She’s known for romantic ballads and folk songs. Although most of her songs were covers, her interpretation of many songs is still the most recognized version.
Jay Chou - Jay Chou broke into the Taiwanese music scene in 2000, and is part of the younger generation of pop stars. Like other Chinese pop singers, he has a stable base of popular romantic ballads, but unlike many pop stars, he also has many songs that address societal issues like urban sprawl, drug addiction and domestic violence. He writes most of his own music but works with songwriters to craft the lyrics, generally speaking. His style is more rap or spoken word than melodic.
Winner of the Golden Lion for Best Film at the 2006 Venice Film Festival, Jia Zhangke’s Still Life is not so much a film as it is a philosophical treatise, one that gazes at the impossible transformation of China in the past decade with such languid intensity that it is impossible to look away.
Set in Fengjie, one of the areas most affected by the building of the Three Gorges Dam, the narrative follows two wandering interlopers from Shanxi – a coalminer and a housewife – who are separately looking for their long-lost spouses: a mail-order bride and a budding property developer. Jia’s lingering representations are an effigy of a city in the process of its own destruction, and an ode to memory against a changing landscape. To hold on to the past, Jia suggests, is not an act of defiance but simply a human need.
Google has partnered with 15 different museums to bring Chinese art exhibits alive and to the masses. Users can zoom in and interact with the art. Most pieces are paired with in-depth explanations. Some even come with sound clips.
Artsyis an extensive online resource for art collecting and education. Check out their section on Contemporary Chinese Art, which houses hundreds of works from current artists including Zhang Huan, Ai Wei Wei, and Zeng Fanzhi.
ChinesePosters.net- This site boasts a huge gallery of Chinese propaganda posters from 1925 through today.
Cultural Dimension - Geert Hofstede is the pioneer for cultural dimensions theory, a framework for cross-cultural communication. It describes the effects of a society's culture on the values of its members, and how these values relate to behavior, using a structure derived from factor analysis. Click on the link to explore the drivers of Chinas culture relative to other world cultures.