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Chinese meditation technique boosts brain function: study

Posted by Author on August 17, 2010


AFP, Aug. 16, 2010 –

WASHINGTON — A Chinese-influenced meditation technique appears to help the brain regulate behavior after as little as 11 hours of practice, according to a study released Monday.

Researchers at the University of Oregon and Dalian University of Technology charted the effects of integrative body-mind training (IBMT), a technique adapted in the 1990s from traditional Chinese medicine and practiced by thousands in China.

The research to be published in the upcoming issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences involved 45 test subjects, about half of whom received IBMT, while a control group received relaxation training.

Imaging tests showed a greater number of connections in the anterior cingulate — the part of the brain which regulates emotion and behavior — among those who practiced meditation compared to subjects in the control group.

“The importance of our findings relates to the ability to make structural changes in a brain network related to self-regulation,” said The University of Oregon’s Michael Posner, a lead author on the study.

“The pathway that has the largest change due to IBMT is one that previously was shown to relate to individual differences in the person’s ability to regulate conflict,” he said.

Deficits in activation of the anterior cingulate cortex also have been associated with attention deficit disorder, dementia, depression, schizophrenia and many other disorders.

And researchers said the experimental group also showed lower levels of anxiety, depression, anger and fatigue than students in the control group.

“We believe this new finding is of interest to the fields of education, health and neuroscience, as well as for the general public,” said Dalian University’s Yi-Yuan Tang, who led the team of Chinese researchers…….(more details from AFP)

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10 Forbidden Stories of 2009 in China (10)-

Posted by Author on January 28, 2010


Epoch Times Staff, updated: Jan 7, 2010 – (cont’d)

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Controversy around auction of Chinese bronzes in Paris

A Chinese bidder sabotaged the auction of two Chinese bronzes with a false 14 million-euro bid for each during the “auction of the century” held in Paris in February 2009. The bidder claimed it was an act of patriotism because the bronzes were looted from China during the Anglo-French allied invasion of 1860.

Pierre Bergé , Saint Laurent’s partner and owner of the bronzes later told NTDTV that Chinese people should thank him because the bronzes could have been destroyed during the Cultural Revolution if they were left in China. He also said that the day the Chinese regime respects human rights is the day he will return the bronzes to China.

Bergé was widely quoted as saying, “I am willing to return the heads on one condition,” he said to reporters via an interpreter, on Feb. 23, “that the Chinese government respects the human rights of its people, gives liberty to Tibet and welcomes the Dalai Lama.’’

References:
Bidder refused to pay for looted Chinese bronzes
China demands return of Christie’s ‘looted relics

(END)

The Epochtimes

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Global Chinese Han Couture Competition a Stunner

Posted by Author on October 23, 2008


Epoch Times Staff,  Oct 20, 2008-

“Memory of Friendship” by Elsie He

GOLD MEDAL WINNER: “Memory of Friendship” by Elsie He

NEW YORK—Silk painted with lotuses, long trailing sashes, and royal brocade were some of the fine details on display at the first Global Han Couture Design Competition held at Manhattan’s Prince George Ballroom on Sunday, Oct. 18.

The competition was part of a series of competitions held by New Tang Dynasty Television this year, including piano, violin, traditional Chinese dance, martial arts, and voice.

More even-paced than your average fashion show, several hours of eye-popping designs from over 50 contestants paraded down the catwalk. The designs ranged from familiar styles seen in traditional Chinese paintings—simple lines, broad panels and airy fabrics—to ones resembling those worn by characters in martial arts comic books.

The competition’s guidelines were to “borrow the patterns in clothing of the Tang, Song, and Ming dynasties…to create contemporary garments,” leaving the door wide open for a variety of styles and inspirations. But because the Western-Eastern combinations tended not to work, judges reverted to authenticity as their main judging criteria.

“Our selection process is designed this way because we want to use this to help guide the development of Han fashion down the line,” said judge Amy Li, who is an award-winning fashion designer trained in China. “We will be holding this competition in the future, we would like to see, in Chinese culture we have 5,000 years of fashion so we feel it’s already very rich and there’s a lot to draw upon already and we wanted to see a little bit more of that. There were some other pieces that were not as Asian and we felt that, having incorporated the western elements, even though it was nice in some cases, that it somehow doesn’t match, so it detracted from the overall effect.”

Each contestant was allowed to submit several pieces in two categories: casual wear and formal wear. In addition to a trophy and certificates of awards, $10,000 cash prizes were rewarded to gold winners, $5,000 to silver winners, and $2,000 USD to bronze winners.

Liqing Chen from Taiwan, whose pieces featured scooping sleeves and shapes that virtually leaped out from a painting, won silver in the casual division.

“Ancient Chinese fashion was very elegant, simple yet bold,” Chen said. “Mine was not very fancy but you don’t need a lot with Han couture to make it beautiful.”

Amy Li commented on the pieces that won gold in the formal wear division. Its theme was “Moments.” “The evening wear gold winner, the theme was ‘moment’ and we felt that it captured a moment in time of traditional Chinese couture,” Li said. “It was again very beautiful and at the same time very authentic.”

Some members of the fashion industry were in the audience. Sandi Grant, a New York fashion show producer, found the show impressive.

“The different colors, I loved the colors, the sequins, the embroidery, done stitch by stitch, they’re geniuses,” she said.

Lavera Wright, a former model and fashion consultant, now trains young models and holds fashion shows for upcoming New York designers. “It’s different from regular fashion shows,” Wright said. “The models took the time to pause, they really wore those gowns – they didn’t just run across the stage. They were elegant and graceful. That’s the way I am and how I teach my girls.”

5,000 Years of Fashion

The Han clothing is designed based on an old saying, “being one with heaven and man.”  The couture reflects on people’s respect and faith in gods at the time.

Clothes initially appeared in China around 2000 BCE, which ended the prehistoric state of people covering themselves with animal skins. Since then, people learned to observe their surroundings and incorporate those natural elements into their clothing. For instance, the sky was black; therefore their top clothing was black in color, as it should symbolize heaven. The earth was yellow, as the bottom clothing was dyed yellow in resemblance of the earth. A sash tied around the waist symbolized the balance man must strike while living between heaven and earth. The Chinese people expressed their faith in heaven and earth clearly in such manner through their intricate attire.

The ancient Chinese believed that gods would unveil the truth to them when they had a kind heart, where human beings could then attain wisdom and a prosperous life.

The Epochtimes

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China is a multi-ethnic state with little multiculturalism

Posted by Author on September 9, 2008


Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger, Special to the Vancouver Sun, Canada, Monday, September 08, 2008-

Clad in brightly-coloured costumes, 56 children paraded through the Bird’s Nest at last month’s Olympic Opening ceremonies.

Each child represented one of China’s 56 ethnic groups. All smiles, they carried the Chinese flag to a group of soldiers who hoisted it up the mast.

The symbolism was evident to anyone watching — the state protecting the culture of each child.

When the ceremonies were over, the hoax was revealed. The children were part of an acting troupe and all were Han Chinese, the group makes up about 92 per cent of the population.

Yes, the children represented a scandal that caught headlines. But the symbolism may be the bigger deception.

About 112 million people make up China’s minorities, a population more than three times the size of Canada’s. These minorities are largely neglected by the state. The 56 ethnic groups are strictly defined by the state. Others simply don’t exist.

“The official categories aren’t really the way people live their lives,” says Edward Friedman, a professor of Chinese politics at the University of Wisconsin. “The Chinese state has an official set of categories and you shouldn’t take them seriously.”

China says it’s a “united socialist multiethnic state.” In reality, it is one of many countries with a wealth of diversity but virtually no embrace of multiculturalism.

Multiculturalism promotes the celebration of ethnicity, helping to enrich cultures and break down social barriers. When it is not embraced, the risk is losing the diversity altogether.

China’s economic boom has created centres of wealth around the country. The areas populated by minorities like the Tibetans and the Uighurs still experience extreme poverty.

The promise of wealth has led some minorities to the cities where often their cultural ties are lost. The Chinese state has also taken to moving Han Chinese to areas that were once populated by the minority.

Dermod Travis, the executive director of the Canada Tibet Committee, says this practice is diluting the culture.

“In Lhasa, there used to a very large public square where the Tibetans would sell their wares — jewelry, artworks and things like that,” he says. “Today if you go to that market, it’s virtually all Han Chinese.”

Travis says the Chinese government is fearful their state could dissolve if regions like Tibet seek sovereignty. Their solution is to enforce the “One China” policy to stop the minority groups from developing politically.

So, the Hakka, a culture with between 30 and 45 million people worldwide, are not included in the 56 categories.

Tibetan children face corporal punishment and abuse by authorities for wearing traditional dress and singing Tibetan songs.

More recently, the Muslim Uighur population has clashed with authorities. Resentment has grown towards the government, which discourages the practice of Islam.

At job fairs in the mineral-rich region, signs often read, “Uighurs need not apply.”

With so many cultures, China has potential to truly flourish culturally. To some extent, they are as Cantonese operas play in city centres while Szechwan art is sold in markets. Instead, a categorized system of 56 defined groups only limits the opportunities to learn and grow.

“The 56 categories get in the way of full cultural prosperity,” says Friedman.

“They are flourishing in little ways but obviously, to have freedom would help them more.”

Craig and Marc Kielburger co-founded Free the Children. The primary goal of the organization is to free children from poverty and exploitation through education.

– Original: Vancouver Sun

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Best of New York: Chinese New Year Splendor to Start From Wed. Jan 30 (video)

Posted by Author on January 29, 2008


From NTDTV.com-

If you would like to experience the magic and splendor of the crown jewel of ancient Chinese civilization, look no further.

Every year, New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television, a rising star in global Chinese language media, brings the best of Chinese culture in all its glory to your doorstep right here in the New York City with their unparalleled winter shows: Holiday Wonders at Beacon Theatre and Chinese New Year Splendor at Radio City Music Hall.

Video: Brief of the show and Feedback for the Holiday Wonders

Chinese culture is considered one of the greatest and certainly one of the oldest existing cultures that has left the world a lasting intellectual, social, and artistic legacy. Unfortunately, the social upheaval and political crises of the last 100 years in Mainland China have left this once rich and refined civilization a mere shadow of its former self. Decades of Communist rule have not only destroyed so much of the architecture, art, and social mores but have undermined the very essence of China’s culture – its emphasis on virtue and spirituality.

True Chinese culture was based on a divine connection between heaven and earth and harmony between nature and man. To be truly Chinese was to be honest, loyal, gracious, faithful, and civilized.

The golden age of China, the Tang Dynasty (618 to 906 AD), truly embodied the best of Chinese culture with its reverence for the divine, respect for learning, and its openness. This spirit of pluralism and multiculturalism brought about many brilliant achievements, including the invention of block printing, the perfection of the civil service examination system and the flourishing of Buddhism after it had been brought in from India. The Tang Dynasty was truly sophisticated, cosmopolitan, and prosperous, not unlike the New York City of today.

The artists and performers of NTD have spared no effort in creating truly magical productions that aim to transport the viewer not only to that glorious time and place of the Tang Dynasty but to travel to even more magical realms where dragons dance, heavenly maidens frolic, and giant drums roar. With meticulous attention to every detail, from the costumes and intricate hairstyles to the stunning backdrops, NTD has sought to not only recreate the past glory of the Tang and other dynasties in their genuine and authentic form but also to truly bring the profound essence and ingenerate beauty of the Chinese culture to life through the magic and wonder of the stage.

All the hard work has been worthwhile; audience response to the Chinese New Year Splendor has been most gratifying. WNYC said: “SUPERB!!! Every performance was stunning. Amazing, amazing, amazing!” OperaOnline.us said: “A tantalizing and fascinating evening that made me want to stay and see more. In a word, I was simply captivated!”

Stanley, a young boy in Chinatown, became interested in lion dance at age three because his father was a lion dancer in NTD’s Chinese New Year Shows. Following his father learning and practicing the traditional performance, Stanley enriched himself in the heritage, showed his talent and made into the upcoming Chinese New Year Splendor at Radio City playing a lovely role in a legend.

NTD kicked off the inaugural Chinese New Year Global Gala, later renamed the Chinese New Year Spectacular, at the Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center in 2004. NTD’s affiliates in four cities in the U.S. and other countries joined the Global Gala in their cities. The show drew upon traditional tales and featured dances ranging from an exhilarating Mongolian folk dance where the dancers balanced real ceramic bowls on their heads to ethereal dances depicting heavenly beings and divine realms. The scale, spirit and presentation of the shows took both the Western and Chinese communities by surprise. There was no longer any question in anyone’s mind — this upstart television network was not only here to stay but was destined for big things.

It certainly was. By the second year, the Gala had sold out Madison Square Garden and was joined by Galas in six cities and countries. Heartened by the unqualified success at the Garden, complete with a standing ovation at the end of the show, NTD decided to expand to the legendary Radio City Music Hall. As Cable World says, “There’s nothing like doing a show at Radio City Music Hall, one of the best places to stage anything.” To stage not only one but three shows City with a cast of hundreds of singers, dancers, and musicians at Radio City with a total of more than 15,000 seats to fill was truly not a task for the feint of heart. But NTD remained true to its vision and put on a tremendous show making full use of Radio City’s massive new LED screen to create an utterly unique and stunning visual experience.

One woman in the audience attended two nights in a row because she was so enchanted by the whole experience of music, song, and dance: “Oh! I wish I were a writer to describe my delight. I felt like a child unwrapping a shiny present, discovering a colorful picture book that I had been needing all along without knowing it. What magical evenings!”

By 2006, NTD’s show had not only played at Radio City but had grown to 16 cities around the world, making it the largest Chinese community event in the world. NTDTV’s Chinese New Year Splendor had truly arrived.

The 2007 season can only be even better and grander. The choreographers, composers, and costume and stage designers continue to search for inspiration in the vast and profound world of ancient Chinese culture. The dancers and performers are also striving to perfect their technique and their artistry. The 2007 shows promise to be an entirely original, authentic and even more beautiful expression of true Chinese culture.

NTDTV is an independent, not-for-profit, television network founded by Chinese Americans, many of whom emigrated from China and entered professional careers here in the US. Established in 2002 and headquartered in New York City, NTD’s 24/7 comprehensive news, cultural and entertainment programming covers North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia via satellite, and reaches an estimated 200 million people. NTD is also available on channel 32 in lower Manhattan and 15 other metropolitan areas in North America.

In keeping with the spirit of the pluralism, multiculturalism, and innovation of the Tang Dynasty, we at NTD take great pride in showcasing genuine Chinese traditional values and culture to both the West and to the Chinese community. We find it enormously rewarding to help different generations of ethnic Chinese rediscover their cultural heritage and show them there is a lot to be proud of even though so much has been lost in modern times. We believe all our lives can be enriched by programs and events that remind us of our shared values and our common humanity. As Donn Murphy, PhD, President and Executive Director of the National Theatre in Washington, DC says of the NTDTV Chinese New Year Splendor: “This is not only entertainment, but a valuable cross-over cultural event: a strong, gracious gesture toward international understanding, in an all-too-troubled world.”

We invite you come to join us for the Holiday Wonders show at Beacon Theatre ( from Dec. 18 to 26, 2007) and the Chinese New Year Splendor at Radio City Music Hall ( from Jan. 30 to Feb. 9, 2008) Through these shows you will see imperial pageantry, folk customs, spiritual faith, and legends brought to life through art.

Come experience the beauty, elegance, and grandeur of the golden age of Chinese civilization and be a part of the wonder and prosperity of a New Tang Dynasty.

– From http://www.ntdtv.com

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Chrysler Executive: The Chinese Spectacular Helps US ‘understand the diversity of China’

Posted by Author on January 26, 2008


By Seth Holehouse, Epoch Times Detroit Staff, Jan 23, 2008-

DETROIT—Coming from a triumphant tour in Canada, The Chinese New Year Spectacular played to a nearly full house at the beautiful Detroit Opera House last night, and businessmen like Chrysler Public Relations/Communications Spokesperson Max Gates learned a lot from the experience.

“Our Chrysler foundation,” Gates explained, “has done a lot of work with the communities, supporting the arts and culture. Many of our employees are very involved in the oriental group, and it is very interesting for me to see some of [the Chinese] culture.”

In fact, “We have been looking forward to the show for a long time,” Gates shared.

And the involvement with China is growing. “At Chrysler,” Gates continued, “we are developing a lot of relations with China. I think that our involvement with China is going to grow very rapidly over the next few years.”

The Spectacular fits a unique need for the American businessman. “The show has helped me understand the diversity of China,” Gates continued. “I am struck by the tremendous range of geography and culture in China, especially the language and artistic expression. The show displays the cultures of Tibet, Mongolia, and other parts of mainland China.”

The contrast with American culture is stark. “We live in a country that is barely 250 years old, and in China we are talking about centuries of culture. It is a very different perspective….It is amazing to see how their history and culture has maintained, “Gates said, “and how important it is to the Chinese people.

Of course, Gates found the show entertaining as well. “I really like[d] the costumes in the bowl dance, the colors are so rich and beautiful. I thought that the bowl dance itself was very beautiful.”

Any chance that this experience will change the corporate community? “I think we should get a drum group going at Chrysler,” Gates exclaimed, “that would really inspire the workers!”

There are still plenty of opportunities to experience the magic of the Chinese New Year Spectacular. Following this Detroit performance, Diving Performing Arts will play one show in Minneapolis on January 24, and three more in Chicago on January 25 and 26. The Spectacular is also playing January 23-26 in San Francisco. See Bestchineseshows.com for details. The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of the Chinese New Year Spectacular.

Original report from the Epochtimes

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Chinese Traditions Take Centre Stage– New Year Show Combines Ancient And Modern With Spectacular Pageantry

Posted by Author on January 15, 2008


By DENIS ARMSTRONG, the Ottawa Sun, Canada, Sat, January 12, 2008-

China’s former leader Chairman Mao couldn’t stand public holidays.

He thought they distracted the people from the sober utopia of the communist revolution. So Mao and his Gang of Four eliminated New Year’s, or any celebrations that might inspire pleasure or national pride, during the cultural revolution between 1966-1976.

But since trading Mao’s communism for some western-style capitalism, the Chinese have been not-so quietly reviving their holiday traditions in spectacular style.

To bring in the new Year of the Rat (which begins officially on the Chinese calendar on Feb. 7), New Tang Dynasty Television is throwing a Chinese New Year Spectacular, an Olympic-sized pageant of 100 dancers and musicians including a live symphony orchestra at the National Arts Centre, Sunday and Monday (in Ottawa).

The wholesome, family-friendly musical revives cultural holiday traditions, some dating back 5,000 years, which had all but been forgotten. Stylized ancient dances, Chinese and western orchestral music and fable storytelling with state-of-the-art digital video and live animation blend in an epic tale of good versus evil meant for both Chinese and Western audiences.

“We are trying to revive the culture and courageous spirit of the country,” explained the show’s local coordinator Jean Zhi. “We want to celebrate a traditional Asian way of life in which the family is central.”

BEAUTIFUL PICTURE

“As long as the curtain is raised, you see a perfectly beautiful picture,” Zhi adds. “The music and movement are gentle but there is also choreography based on martial arts, taken from ancient dynasties that have been thoroughly researched. Many of our cultural traditions were lost during the cultural revolution. We’re proud of our heritage and want to share it with the rest of the world.”

After generations of cultural repression, it’s not surprising that the show is both extravagant and a showcase for unabashed national pride.

Zhi notes that China’s historic transformation into one of the globe’s dominant economies and being chosen to host the 2010 Olympics has caused a renaissance in Chinese arts, and finally they’ve begun ramping up their cultural exports. Performed by the New York-based Divine Performing Arts Company, the multi-lingual show has become a popular annual holiday event in 34 cities worldwide, including Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton since it began touring 2004. Ottawa was added to the tour in 2007.

“Good values are universal,” Zhi concludes.

A complete program is listed on the show’s website at http://bestchineseshows.com/

Tickets for “Chinese New Year Spectacular” are $158-$38 at the NAC box-office and online at www.nac-cna.ca and www.ticketmaster.ca

Original report from the Ottawa Sun

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Holiday Wonders’ Classical Chinese Dance Thrills Florida Audience

Posted by Author on January 5, 2008


Epoch Times Florida Staff, Dec 30, 2007-

Holiday Wonders dazzled the audience on its opening night at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Produced by the Divine Performing Arts, the show features classical Chinese dance, vocal performances, and musical instruments; acrobatics; drumming; legends set to song and dance; and a vibrant array of costumes based on designs from China’s 5,000-year-old culture.

“The turnout is great,” said Jimmy Johnson ( photo above, by the Epochtimes) , mayor of Seminole, Florida. “This is football time. To have this many people attend is truly remarkable, truly amazing.”

“I have been to London, New York—halfway around the world—and this has to be the most beautiful show that I’ve seen,” continued Mayor Johnson. “It’s so colorful, so intriguing, and you can hardly wait until the next number. I wish everyone could see this.” Mayor Johnson especially liked the performance about forbearance and the “Mongolian Bowl Dance.”

Thomas Barnhorn, vice mayor of Seminole, said the show was an eye-opener to Chinese culture and history. “The vast beauty is overwhelming. They showed the Communist Party coming in and not allowing freedom of speech. … To me, being here in the United States, I can’t imagine that taking place.

“I definitely would recommend it to everybody—for all ages. I would encourage everyone in the city of Seminole to see it,” he said.

Frank, from Deland, Fla., who had worked for the U.S. government in China for more than 30 years, would agree. He said that in China, you’d never be able to have a show like this that encourages people to seek out the truth on their own.

He added, “The performance was much better than I expected. I saw a lot of cultural shows in China, and this one was much better choreographed and much more interesting.”

Yachen Chen, a third-grade teacher from Tampa, originally from Taiwan, said, “I loved it. I’m so glad I didn’t miss this opportunity. It reminds me of my culture and what a wonderful history we have. I wish I could bring my children to see this show.” She would most like her students to see the drummers—”so powerful, so much meaning.”

The mission of the Divine Performing Arts is to rediscover and promote “the essence of true, traditional culture” and to present artistic performances that “celebrate human dignity and positive values … to provide an experience of consummate beauty and goodness,” according its Web site. The Mahaffey theater was filled with appreciative viewers. (The Epoch Times)

Frances Font had invited her two daughters to the show as a holiday gift. Her daughter Valerie came out after the show with a smile on her face: “I really liked the acts where there was a story. It was quite a spectacle.”

(photo: The Mahaffey theater was filled with appreciative viewers. /The Epoch Times)

Frances appreciated “the peacefulness that prevailed, and the tolerance—it’s what the world needs now.” They knew the show would be fun, festive, and joyful, but also found the message powerful.

Kerry Chen, director of the St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society, said: “I thought it was absolutely spectacular. It was my first time ever seeing something so grand and so well put together.”

This was the first year the show played in Florida, opening in Ft. Lauderdale on Dec. 27.

– Original report from the Epochtimes: ‘Holiday Wonders’ Thrills Florida Audience

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Chinese Singers Find New Cultural Stage Overseas

Posted by Author on October 27, 2007


Kati Turcu and Kay Bel, Epoch Times Australian Staff, Oct 23, 2007-

Chinese singers from around the world competed in an International Chinese Vocal Competition (ICVC), the first of its kind, this month in New York with the aim of reclaiming their cultural roots and gaining a global stage to showcase their talents.

The preliminaries featured over 100 Chinese vocalists from around the world, including singers from as far away as China, Taiwan, Norway and Singapore.

Competitor and alto singer Yang Jiansheng said that the ICVC has far-reaching significance and provides an international stage for those Chinese vocalists who really pursue orthodox arts both in China and overseas.

It also opens a new road for professionals seeking to advance and enrich the classical arts of the East and West.

“China entered into a cultural desert after 1949 when traditional culture was cut off; there is no real art being produced in China besides that so-called art, which has become the tool serving the political ends of the Chinese Communist Party,” she said.

The competition was composed of two categories – Folk Singing and Bel Canto singing. Competitor and soporano singer Ms Bai Xue described folk singing as traditional Chinese vocal methods, “which are based on the Chinese language, and characteristic of a sweet, even, clear and crisp voice, with accentuation and charm.

Combining with physical performances, it forms an integrated performing art in which voice, emotion, lyrics and timbre all complement each other.”

Renowned vocal educator Ms Han Suqiu, who has devoted nearly half a century to teaching, also believes that the competition hosts – New Tang Dynasty Television– have done “a great thing” in that for the first time, Chinese professionals around the world have been given an opportunity to demonstrate their talent through a fair competition.

“Until now, international vocal contests focused on Western music. There has never been a Chinese vocal competition at the international level…There has never been such an opportunity before,” said Ms Han.

Art institutes appeared in the West centuries ago and a complete theory of music was gradually developed, including music theory, notation systems and methods of voice production. Therefore, in the West a lot of music has been well-preserved, and much of it is still popular today.

In China, however, many good folk songs that were passed down over the centuries have been adapted into tunes praising the Chinese Communist Party, and have been misused as political propaganda.

The aims of the ICVC aspire to foster a cultural exchange and promote traditional vocal arts of pure authenticity, goodness and beauty.

Original report from the Epochtimes

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Prophecy On Stones Realized In China History And The Collapsing of CCP

Posted by Author on September 9, 2007


A Special Report by The Epoch Times-

Many people have heard of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty who united China. Perhaps many don’t know that the demise of the Qin Dynasty was predicted by writings on a meteorite.

In Year 12 of the Qin Emperor’s rule, a meteorite fell from the sky. On the meteorite, there were seven characters that read, “Qin Emperor dies and the land is divided.” The next year, the emperor died. One year later, the rebellion by Chen Sheng and Wu Guang began, and the old royalties of the six states that Qin had conquered divided up China to reestablish their states. Three years after Emperor Qin died, the Qin Dynasty ended. The prophecy was realized.

In the late Yuan Dynasty, a folk rhyme said, “A stone man with one eye can turn the Yellow River and the world will revolt.” Later, the prime minister was leading a project to manage the flow of the Yellow River when a stone man with just one eye was found. The rhyme was carved on the back of the stone man. Very shortly, many peasant revolts broke out, and the Yuan Dynasty ended.

The two above examples were recorded in “Records of the Historian” and “Yuan History.”

They remind us of the prophecy that recently appeared on a huge rock in China: “The Chinese Communist Party collapses.”

This rock was found in a National Park in Zhangbu, Pingtang County, Guizhou Province in 2002. A crack that formed 500 years ago in the 270-million year old megalith reveals six characters in the manner of neatly brush-written Chinese; the characters say “The Chinese Communist Party Collapses” [Zhong Guo Gong Chan Dang Wang].

The Will of Heaven270-million year old megalith

The appearance of the megalith shows that the fate of the Chinese nation is closely related to the will of heaven at an historic moment in time.

(Photo of the rock printed on the ticket to the national park. The six characters read, “Chinese Communist Party Collapses.” /The Epoch Times)

The two sections of the stone are each seven meters in length, nearly three meters tall and weigh 100 tons. The stone is extremely hard— in fact, too hard to carve on. The characters are each about one foot across. The characters were written in a square style and were very clear. They are slightly raised in relief. The last character, “Collapses,” was bigger than the other characters, showing that the demise of the Chinese Communist Party is not just the collapse of an ordinary political party.

This supernormal site has been reported by over 100 newspapers, TV stations, and websites in China, although nobody has dared to mention the last character, “Collapses.” They only dare say that the stone bears the characters for “Chinese Communist Party.”

Although the photo of the stone was on the ticket to the national park in which the stone was found, visitors to the site are directed to not talk about it. Sources say that many high-ranking CCP officials have visited the site in person. They were shocked inside and understood what it meant. Like Emperor Qin Shi Huang, they are only trying to postpone the collapse of their power…… ( more details from the Epochtimes’ report: Withdrawals Accelerate the CCP’s Disintegration)
[Note]:
To date of today, 25,847,721 Chinese people have announced quit the Chinese Communist Party by posting their statements on the Quit CCP Website (in Chinese) ]

Related:
Video: Geology Wonder- 200 Million-Year-Old Stone Says “Chinese Communist Party Collapses” 

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Video: Geology Wonder- 270 Million-Year-Old Stone Says “Chinese Communist Party Collapses”

Posted by Author on September 9, 2007


The Epoch Times-270 million-year-old “hidden words stone”

In June 2002, a 270 million-year-old “hidden words stone” was discovered in Guizhou (province, in southwest China).

A crack that formed 500 years ago in a megalith reveals six characters neatly brush-written in Chinese; the characters represent “The Chinese Communist Party Collapses [Zhong Guo Gong Chan Dang Wang].” The character “collapse” (亡) is especially large.

The official media in Mainland China have all reported this news, but they have hidden the word “collapse” and only mention the written words “The Chinese Communist Party”. However, the word “collapse” can be clearly seen in photos posted on the People’s Daily Online and Xinhua.Net.

(photo above: Stone clearly showing the characters, from China official Xinua.Net)

(Video below: An advertisement TV video made by local government to promote the “hidden words stone” to attract tourists, certainly, the word “collapse” is not reported, thought its clearly shows there. Video was made in Chinese. )

According to an overseas edition of the People’s Daily, Pingtang is a high mountain valley in Guizhou province, a southwestern part of China. Zhangbu village in Pingtang County is a very scenic spot spanning over six kilometers. The natural and beautiful scenes can be viewed with many mystical mountains, rivers, rocks, caves, bamboos, trees, and fish. The area is very isolated, and has remained untouched by humans for a long time.

In June 2002, the Duyun international photography exposition recommended this area as a scenic spot for taking photographs. During routine cleaning of the area, this “hidden words stone” was accidentally discovered.

The “hidden words stone” is split in half due to having fallen from a cliff, and the gap is wide enough to accommodate two people. The two sections are each seven meters in length, nearly three meters tall and weigh 100 tons. The neatly written words “The Chinese Communist Party Collapses” can be clearly seen on the right stone, and every character is nearly a square foot in size. The characters are so clearly written that they appear as if carved.

After going to the scenic area in Zhangbu village in October 2003, the vice-editor of the People’s Daily, Liang Heng wrote, “While on cliffs people may often discover that white clouds may appear to look like dogs, or something looks like a person or a beast, a picture or a chart, however, all such things are restricted by the appearance of the picture. If today a megalith suddenly can write, speak, carve, develop writing technique, or use political terminology, how are people able to believe that? Do they even dare to believe that? However, facing these two pieces of the split “hidden words stone”, we have no alternative but to believe.”

Tourists who come to search for unusual phenomena do not actually dare to believe it. Though the craftsmanship is heavenly and Godly, how could it possibly be that skillful? There has been “the book from heaven”, “the solar stone”, “the God stone” etc. and now there is the “hidden words stone”, which has become Zhangbu valley’s main wonder of the “seven wonders,” and has received admiration from many people.

During August 2003, Pingtang County invited a geology expert from Guizhou province to investigate Zhangbu, who later wrote a detailed report about the inspection. It was determined that the “hidden words stone” fell from a high mountain cliff by the Zhangbu river valley. On the steep mountain cliff, one can see a corresponding dent from where the rock must have fallen. After the megalith fell, it split into two, and the large brush-written characters of “The Chinese Communist Party Collapses” can be clearly seen on the right hand side behind the fracture.

Three months later, the famous Chinese scientific culture inspection group for Guizhou Pingtang geological anomalies had been formed to investigate the “hidden words stone” during December 5th through 8th, 2003.

The fifteen-person team included Li Tingdong, who is an academician from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, assistant director of the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences and an expert on Aerial Geology and Geographic Charts; Liu Baojun, academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences and renowned geologists, Li Fenglin, professor at China University of Geosciences and committee member of National Geoparks in the National Land Resources Department.

Experts believed that the “hidden words stone” in Zhangbu river valley was from roughly 270 million years ago, the Permian period. The even arrangement of the characters on the “hidden words stone” may be explained from a geological perspective that there are no traces of having been man made, though the probability is small. This “hidden words stone” not only is a world-class marvelous sight, but also has great geological research value.

During this investigation, People’s Daily, CCTV, Guanming Daily, Technical Daily, Travel Satellite, China International Broadcasting station, and 20 other media reporters including People’s Daily.Net, Sina.Net, Eastern Net, Sohu.Net, Yahoo, and New China ally reported on the finding. More than 100 other newspapers, television stations, and websites have retransmitted the news about the scientific investigation.

Even though no one dares to mention the sixth character, “collapses”, and only report the first five characters, everyone who can see it understands its meaning.

In an infinite universe which allows infinite possibilities, anything might occur. In our infinite space-time, nature can always create the most ideal design; while this coincidence could only happen once in a billion years, unexpectedly it has occurred in Buyi Village, Pingtang County.

– Original report from The Epochtimes: 200 Million-Year-Old Stone Bears Words: “Chinese Communist Party Collapses”

[Note]:
Most of Chinese communist party’s current 9 members of Standing Polibureau have gone to see the stone from 2002 to 2005. The date they went there can be found in the above Youtube video’s description.

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Parts of China’s Great Wall Swept Away by Sandstorms

Posted by Author on August 30, 2007


Chris Gill in Shanghai, The Guardian, August 30, 2007-

The Great Wall of China, built to withstand raiding hordes from the steppes, is now in peril from a far more insidious threat: sandstorms generated by desertification in the country’s north-west.

The wall was built over several dynasties and despite its failure to prevent invasions, it has become a national symbol. Each dynasty favoured different construction methods, and a 40-mile section built during the Han dynasty, which used mostly packed earth bricks, is now being swept away.

The state news agency Xinhua has reported that sections of the wall are being turned into “mounds of dirt” by sandstorms, the after-effects of decades of agricultural malpractice.

An estimated 25 miles of wall have already been eroded. “Frequent storms not only eroded the mud, but also cracked the wall and caused it to collapse or break down,” archaeologist Zhou Shengrui told Xinhua.

The area disappearing is in China’s remote and arid Gansu province, formerly on the edge of the Chinese empire, and the gateway to the Silk Road.

The wall has been threatened by numerous dangers over the years, many a sign of China’s rampant economic and social development.

Ravers and migrant workers using the wall as a toilet, souvenir hunters, tourists scratching graffiti into the stonework, and the constant theft of masonry by itinerant farmers, have all contributed to the destruction of China’s most famous landmark.

China recently issued regulations for the protection of the Great Wall.

The state bureau of cultural relics is conducting a study of the wall using aerial remote sensing equipment, simple tape measures, GPS systems and photography, to find out its precise length.

Chinese scholars say the actual wall left standing is now around 1,500 miles long, down from its high of an estimated 3,900 miles in the Ming dynasty.

Remote sensing showed that Beijing originally had 391 miles of Great Wall, of which only 114 miles are now visible, the journal China Geography reported in January this year.

Parts of the wall have been rebuilt during the two millennia since it was first constructed. In one of its more disastrous episodes towards the end of the Ming dynasty, soldiers dismantled sections of the wall to build farms and villages.

According to Xinhua, conservationists in Gansu plan to bury the wall to protect it, and to plant vegetation to prevent further erosion.

– Original report from The Guardian: Sandstorms sweep away parts of China’s Great Wall

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(photo) Great Wall of China: Voted as New 7 Wonders of The World

Posted by Author on July 9, 2007


Great Wall of China was announced as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World on July 7, 2007,  in Lisbon, by New 7 Wonders of the World, based on an online poll attracted over 100 million votes cast from people in 200 countries.

All photos below are credited to saad from flickr.

Great Wall of china (1)

The Great Wall of China is a series of stone and earthen fortifications in China, built, rebuilt, and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire during the rule of successive dynasties.

Several walls, referred to as the Great Wall of China, were built since the 5th century BC, the most famous being the one built between 220 BC and 200 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. That wall was much further north than the current wall, built during the Ming Dynasty, and little of it remains.

The Great Wall is the world’s longest human-made structure, stretching over approximately 6,400 km (4,000 miles) from Shanhai Pass in the east to Lop Nur in the west (of China) , along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia (the northern province of China).

It is also the largest human-made structure ever built in terms of surface area and mass.

Above excerpt  is from Wikipedia

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Other six world Wonders are:

Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

Machu Picchu, Peru

Petra, Jordan

The Roman Colloseum, Italy

The Taj Mahal, India.

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