Chinese Art
Intermediate
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Chinese art, the painting, calligraphy, architecture, pottery, sculpture, bronzes, jade carving, and other decorative art forms produced in China over the centuries.

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Art Is so Easy - The Art of the 100 RMB Note

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What mysteries lie in a simple 100 RMB note?

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A renowned director points out details we don't usually notice in something we use every day.

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A simple, almost weightless 100 RMB note carries an abundance of meaning.

Art Is so Easy - Interview with Jiang Xun

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What are Jiang Xun's fans like?

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Can we teach beauty?

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Has knowledge taken away our perception of beauty?

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Jiang Xun believes the power of beauty is truly inside.

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Artists may not, in fact, be able to capture nature.

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How do we awaken our sense of perception?

Art Is So Easy - Interview with Liu Yong

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In this episode of "Art Is So Easy," we meet artist Liu Yong and his eight-foot painting "Lantern Festival at Longshan Temple."

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Liu Yong's eight-foot painting depicts a lively scene during the Lantern Festival in Wanhua.

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Liu Yong further explains the intricacies of his painting, "Lantern Festival at Longshan Temple."

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Taiwanese opera and the Longshan Temple are early symbols of Taiwanese culture.

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Liu Yong's "Lantern Festival at Longshan Temple" tells a multitude of stories simultaneously.

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It's the people that make history.

Art Is So Easy - Why Does the Heart Sutra Calm You Down?

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This video tells the story of Siddhārtha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism.

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Siddhārtha Gautama's student, the "Most Venerable Ānanda," came up with the first batch of Buddhist scriptures.

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Among the different versions of the "Heart Sutra," by far the most popular one is the version by Xuan Zang.

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In contrast to what was portrayed in the "Journey to the West," Master Xuan Zang's journey was, in fact, long and lonely.

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The "Heart Sutra" is written in ancient language and contains passages that are difficult for the average reader to understand.

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This video examines four famous characters from the "Heart Sutra": "Se Ji Shi Kong."

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The "Heart Sutra" encourages one to embrace and adapt to change.

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The "Heart Sutra" helps impart a Buddhist world outlook and methodology.

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The "Heart Sutra" gives you the tools to face the challenges that life brings.

Art Is So Easy - An Artistic Emperor Huizong of Song Dynasty

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Which emperor could possibly restrain the "Eastern Heretic," Huang Yaoshi and "Western Venom," Ouyang Feng, as well as a host of other strange-looking fellows from the same era?

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Song Huizong was the Chinese emperor with the best taste of them all.

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Song Huizong had greater ambitions with his self-created font, "Slender Gold."

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Song Huizong assigned very challenging subjects to his painters.

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Song Huizong had an uncanny way of making the invisible visible.

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The complexity underlying the simplicity of Song Huizong's art is especially evident in the Ru porcelain of his time.

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We may not be able to live as extravagantly as the emperors before us, but we can still afford to live life with a bit of elegance.

Our Rebirth

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difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate
China

Our Rebirth Part 1

Art comes in different forms, shapes, sizes and mediums. In this case, driftwood becomes a beautiful form of art.

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difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate
China

Our Rebirth Part 2

The beauty of driftwood is its unexpected outcomes.

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China

Our Rebirth Part 3

The wood's color also has a great effect on its art.

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difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate
China

Our Rebirth Part 4

Finding something that one truly loves brings happiness to one's life.

Soul Departure

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difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate
China

Soul Departure Part 1

In the eye of one photographer, everyone should have a self-portrait, which could portray a colorful stage in his or her life or his or her life as a whole.

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difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate
China

Soul Departure Part 2

Everyone has has his or her own story and the purpose of each portrait is to represent it.

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difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate
China

Soul Departure Part 3

A good portrait of a person must contain his or her soul.

Art Is so Easy - How Chinese People Express Love

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Poetry is a great example of the reserved and cryptic manner in which many Chinese people tend to express themselves.

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Yuan Zheng was a well-known poet during the Tang Dynasty. His most famous poem is the mourning poem he wrote for his wife.

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Despite the fact that Yuan Zhen had many women in his life, he only wrote a mourning poem for his first wife, Wei Cong.

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Even though Yuan Zhen dated many women, Wei Cong was still the love of his life.

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While the Chinese use many different ways to express the same feelings, they say things out loud in a straightforward way.

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Art is always affected by the culture in which it was created.

Art Is So Easy - Master Hong Yi

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Hong Yi was a master painter, musician, dramatist, calligrapher, seal cutter, poet, and Buddhist monk. His calligraphy version of the "Xin Jing" is greatly beloved by all.

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"Farewell" or "Songbie" was composed by Master Hong Yi. This song reflects the vicissitudes of Master Hong Yi's life. More importantly it talks about parting, something Master Hong Yi has experienced numerous times through out his days.

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Master Hong Yi grew up in a wealthy and prosperous family. He had everything he could possibly need. Why would he ever want to leave?

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In our lives we experience pain and sorrow, Master Hong Yi is no different. One of the most painful experiences he went through was loosing his mother.

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When he was in Japan Master Hong Yi came in touch with Western art, which lead him to start his magazine. It was through magazines that he first heard of fasting.

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Through fasting Master Hong Yi began to adjust his lifestyle and mindset to fit that of a monk. Afterwards he shaved his head and formally became a monk.

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When Master Hong Yi left to become a monk everyone was shocked. Even his wife and kids didn't understand.

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The transitions in Master Hong Yi's life happened naturally and are connected to his growth as an individual. Some wonder whether or not in his decision to become a monk he abandoned this world.

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After becoming a monk Master Hong Yi deepened his study of Buddhism. The Buddhism value, love is compassion, became a part of his doctrine.

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We are constantly saying goodbye to our friends, to our family, to our past selves. Master Hong Yi is no different. These goodbyes became an inspiration for his song, "Farewell".

Antique Warehouse

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The director of a Xiamen antique store, The Goodone, has collected and preserved the flower tiles of the the city's old roads hoping one day they can be re-purposed into the design of the city.

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In his effort to preserve the history of his city the director overcame many difficulties. In the end, it simply came down to his drive to preserve the past and love for sharing history with others, that lead him to persevere.

Art Is So Easy - Northern Qi Dynasty Buddhist Statues

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This episodes is a continuation of our Art series! We will be talking about Chinese sculpture in the next few videos. Sculpture in China has a long history and even predates most Western sculpture.

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In the chaos and instability during Wei, Jin, and North-South dynasties people looked for hope and relief everywhere. When you have nothing how can you still have hope?

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How and why did does an icon of Buddha stop refugees in their tracks? Is is because of the religious symbolism behind the icon or is there more to this classic, ethereal icon?

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