This summer, the CCC is happy to present a new weekend class on Chinese
culture! It will be taught in English, and will only be offered to adults.
We are hoping to provide a comprehensive view of Chinese culture, with
each class in the 8-week session focusing on a different element.
Classes start on Saturday, September 27, from 2pm to 3:30pm. There will
be classes until November 22, with a break on Columbus Day weekend, October 11.
You can sign up for the entire session, or come on a
class-by-class basis. Currently, we are just trying to see how many people
would be interested in the class. If there are enough sign-ups, then we
will begin to sell tickets. For a list of the classes, look below.
Week 1: Chinese Philosophy and History
Although it is obvious that Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism are
philosophical and spiritual cornerstones of Chinese society, it is also
true that these beliefs have widespread influences all over the world.
In this class, you will learn how these beliefs play a part in history
and how they are still affecting people today.
Week 2: The Chinese Language Part I
For Chinese people, language is more than just a vehicle for
communication. In fact, calligraphy was considered one of the highest
and purest forms of art. It was one of the three perfections, along
withpoetry and painting. Learn about how the unique language came
to be, and how it serves as an expression of personal identity in both
its written and spoken forms.
Week 3: Chinese Language Part II (Literature)
Do you think everything is a knock off of the Bible or one of
Shakespeare’s works? In this continuation of the second class, you’ll
see that Chinese literature began way before those early classics.
You’ll also learn about the exciting new contemporary works coming
from Chinese writers.
Week 4: Chinese Aesthetics Part I
China is known for its pottery and porcelain. It also has a place in
art history with the ancient works of Gu Kaizhi, Li Sixun, and Zhu Da.
Learn about these famous figures, and more! Topics will range
from home décor to fashion, from ancient art to modern design.
Week 5: Chinese Aesthetics Part II (Architecture)
After getting a sense of Chinese aesthetics from the fourth class,
this continuation will focus on Chinese architecture. You’ll learn
about the engineering ingenuity and thoughtful symbolism behind
famous buildings. Then, you’ll see how its modern architecture
represents the new China.
Week 6: Chinese Customs
Some Chinese customs may seem curious, but instead of thinking
of them as just another mystery, come to this class and learn
to understand them. You will find that while some are a result of
ancient legends, others derive from a unique culture and history.
They can reflect centuries of power politics, or ancient philosophies.
Week 7: Chinese Food
There’s more to Chinese food than the cheap greasy kind you get
for take out. Come to this class and learn about delicious
delicacies from different regions! You’ll also find that in China,
the history of wine is longer than that of tea. Learn about famous
Chinese types of both wine and tea!
Week 8: Chinese Diversity
So far, we’ve been using the word “Chinese” fast and loose. This
last class will be the most politically charged lecture of all. We will
consider what it means to be Chinese and which people it includes.
You will be introduced to the issues facing minority groups in
mainland China, as well as those faced by Chinese people
in other nations and regions.
If you are interested in the entire 8-week session, you can
sign up for $250 for CCC members and $300 for non-CCC
members. You may also purchase tickets on a class-by-class
basis. For one class, the tickets cost $40 per CCC member
and $45 per non-CCC member. All classes are first come
first serve. All transactions are final, no refunds, no exceptions.
For the membership rate, you can call Fengyuan at
email@example.com or call (415) 986-1822.
When & Where
The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco is a major community-based, non-profit organization established in 1965 to foster the understanding and appreciation of Chinese and Chinese American art, history, and culture in the United States.
In its 45 years of work, CCC has played a pioneering role in introducing Chinese culture to the American public through exhibitions and public programming of a broad spectrum of Chinese traditional and contemporary artistic works in multiple disciplines: Visual Arts, Literature, Music and Theater.
750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108