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The Classical Chinese Heritage: A Cross-Cultural Journey @ U MN

December 4, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm



Dear colleagues, students, and community partners,I am writing to invite you to attend the performance event “The Classical Chinese Heritage: A Cross-Cultural Journey,” which is the capstone project for my class this semester CHN5214 “Introduction to Chinese Classical Language and Culture.” The play was conceptualized and written by students in the class, under my guidance, and the content of the show reflects their language learning and intercultural explorations throughout the semester. From robot calligraphy to multilingual poetry recitations, the play is comprised of various scenes that provide a modern perspective on classical forms of art and literature. It will have something for everyone.

The show will be performed primarily in Mandarin Chinese, with English captions provided on large screen. This performance project is funded by the Teaching Innovation Grant from the Center for Education Innovation and the Chinese Flagship grant.

We are happy to have invited the student band “Clay,” the members of which are native speakers of Chinese studying at the U, as our guest performers to open the show. The band has prepared a set of songs that integrate traditional and modern musical motifs, including covers of Chinese folk classics and their original songs.

All are welcome to attend this free event at Northrop’s Best Buy Theater on the evening of Wednesday, December 4th. The Best Buy Theater is located on the fourth level of Northrop.

Door opens at 6:15pm, and the band “Clay” plays starting at 6:30pm. “The Classical Chinese Heritage: A Cross-Cultural Journey” starts at 7:20pm. There will be 10-minute intermissions before and in the middle of the show.

We also welcome you to the social time from 9:00-9:30 in the gallery space outside the theater, if you’d like to learn more about the AMES department or the Chinese Flagship program, or simply chat with the performers.

If you plan to attend the event, we’d appreciate that you spend a minute or two and fill out this brief survey. The survey result will help us apply for grant to support events like this in the future.

For any questions, please email me at ningma@umn.edu . Thank you and we hope to see you on Wednesday!

Ning Ma
Associate Professor
Director of the Chinese Flagship Program
Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES)
College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities




同时,我们很高兴邀请到学生乐队“ Clay”作为我们的嘉宾表演者。乐队的成员都是在明大学习的中文母语者。Clay乐队准备了一系列融合传统和现代音乐主题的歌曲,包括中国经典民歌翻唱以及自己的原创歌曲。

欢迎大家来参加这场免费活动。演出于124日星期三晚上在Northrop的Best Buy剧院进行。Best Buy剧院位于Northrop的第四层。

剧场在下午6:15向公众开放,乐队“ Clay” 演出从下午6:30开始。 “中国古典遗产:跨文化之旅”演出于晚上7:20开始。演出之前及中段将有10分钟的休息时间。

我们也欢迎您在剧院外的画廊中参加我们9:00-9:30的社交活动。那时您可以了解有关明大亚洲和中东研究系(AMES) 或中文领航的更多信息,或者与表演者们聊聊天。


如有任何疑问,请给我发送电子邮件至 ningma@umn.edu  。谢谢,希望与您星期三见!



Housed in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), the UMN Chinese Flagship program is open to all UMN students who meet eligibility requirements. (Learn how to apply.)


Chinese Flagship Program
220 Folwell Hall, 9 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
cla.umn.edu/chinese-flagship \ chnflag@umn.edu \ 612-625-6534



December 4, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm