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Star Wars: The Last Jedi received a chilly welcome during the film's opening weekend in China.
The Disney-Lucasfilm production has been successful worldwide — The Last Jedi had the sixth biggest worldwide film opening since 2002, earning approximately $450 million. Outside of the U.S., The Last Jedi has done best in Western Europe. In the U.K. the film earned $102.9 million, followed by Germany with $73.5 million and France with $57.6 million.
But the ticket sales from this weekend's opening in China were relatively low at $28.7 million. The Last Jedi had a significantly worse opening weekend in China than other recent films in the Star Wars franchise. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opened to $33 million on its first day in China in 2016, with a weekend total of $53 million.
China's reluctance towards the franchise has history behind it — the original Star Wars wasn..
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On January 2, 2018, a promotional video clip shot by Futurepath Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. was displayed on the giant screens overlooking New York's Times Square. The promotion did not talk about technologies to market the company's products but rather what constitutes the core culture of the Chinese nation, "Humility as the Core", attracted the attention of both Chinese and foreign viewers.
In the video, Futurepath Technology chairman Xiao Jun vividly describes the Qian Hexagram (or Hexagram of Humility) as depicted in the Book of Changes and the Taoist notion of the highest goodness is like water, as a vehicle for explaining to the world the principle that is at the core of all Chinese culture. "Humility as the Core" facilitates harmonious coexistence of all ethnic groups around the world.
Benefiting from his in-depth study of modern management ideas and China's traditional cultures, Mr. Xiao assembled a collection of bes..
A customer shows a first day cover with the newly issued zodiac stamp in Xicheng District of Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 5, 2018. China Post issued a set of special zodiac stamps for the Year of Dog with two different designs Friday. The Year of Dog, or Chinese traditional lunar New Year of this year, starts from Feb. 16. (Xinhua/Li He)
Recently, China issued a set of zodiac stamps to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog.
The theme for this round of zodiac stamps is "happy family," and the new stamps depict Chinese domestic dogs.
The year 2018 marks Chinese "Wu Xu Year," the Year of the Dog.
In fact, not only zodiac stamps, elements of Chinese New Year can be found in many forms of Chinese folk arts.
Zodiac stamps for Year of the Dog
China Post says the first stamp depicts a male dog with its chin up and its eyes straight ahead. Its two ears point upward, while its hind legs are forcefully thrust against the ground, ready to pounce on any intruders.
The second ..
A Chinese bowl juggler is just one of the performers at the Chinese Lantern Festival this year.
This is the first-ever Arkansas Chinese Lantern Festival. They have more than 30 lantern displays and a thousand LED lights. The display that gets the most attention is the enormous Dragon display—it’s more than 150 feet long, and they strive to make sure everyone has an enlightening and fun cultural and entertainment experience. Each display is hand made and custom built onsite by Chinese artisans who are keeping a centuries-old tradition alive.
Chinese folk artists, dancers, acrobats perform nightly at 6:30 p.m. and at 8 p.m., with additional performances at 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Explore the ancient culture of China while learning about modern China as well. The festivities conclude January 14.
There is be traditional Chinese handicraft demonstrations and a marketplace for Chinese souvenirs
Learn more at ArkansasLanternFest.com
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[SHANGHAI] Once the mark of criminals or sex workers, for centuries tattoos have been stigmatised in China but the growing influence of celebrity culture is changing all that - particularly for women.
Nowhere is the trend more evident than in Shanghai, China's most cosmopolitan city and recently dubbed "China's tattoo mecca" by the country's state media.
Body art for women has long been frowned upon in socially conservative China, but studios are mushrooming throughout the city of 24 million.
Zhuo Danting, widely considered one of China's top tattoo artists, has witnessed first-hand how the industry has exploded.
The 35-year-old has 70 per cent of her body tattooed and has been operating her own Shanghai studio for 11 years.
Inspired by celebrities and sports stars, unprecedented numbers of mostly younger Chinese are getting inked, Zhuo said at her shop, Shanghai Tattoo.
"At the beginning, of course, they just give you a weird look, they're freaking out," Ms Zh..
Since its creation in New York in 2006, Shen Yun Performing Arts has celebrated 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through music and dance, in venues around the world.
And each year, the dancers, musicians and acrobats in the company recreate themselves.
Shen Yun, which translates to “the beauty of divine beings dancing” had humble beginnings as a sole company, but has grown into five that tour the world simultaneously, having performed 495 shows in 142 cities and 19 countries last year.
Northern California cities on the current tour include Fresno, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Berkeley and more.
It takes continual creativity to overcome the challenge of remaining fresh. From distinct costumes to visualizing time periods and synchronizing a 40-piece orchestra, they have their work cut out for them.
David Zhang, the community outreach manager for Shen Yun’s tour in NorCal, shared why the company shows no sign of running out of material.
“China’s long history of 5,000 ye..
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“Do they know they’re adopted?” For eight years our unlikely family — an ageing white American mum and two impossibly lithe and beautiful adopted Asian daughters — lived in the country that could not keep them: China. And for all that time, the taxi drivers, the pedicurists and the trash-pickers of China wanted to know whether my children knew I had not birthed them.
Even the old Shanghainese lady eating Swedish meatballs in the Ikea cafeteria in Shanghai had to have the whole story of their lives — abandoned at birth, on a Chinese roadside, in winter, adopted by a single parent in her mid-forties, taken to live in Shanghai at age seven and eight — bef..
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Tibetan language and culture advocate, Tashi Wangchuk, has on 4 January 2018 been put on trial for separatist charges by China but no verdict has been proclaimed. Wangchuk had been detained for two years after having given an interview to the New York Times on the Chinese government’s attempt at suppressing Tibetan culture and language by for example enforcing Chinese, rather than Tibetan, as the major language of instruction in schools. In his blog Wangchuk has advocated for bilingual education as granted by the Chinese constitution and greater cultural and linguistic autonomy for Tibet. International human rights organisations had advocated for the cause of Wangchuk pointing out that none of his publications can be related to separatism giving no basis for his detention or trial with the risk of a 15-year sentence. The fact that no verdict was given might be a result of the large amount of international pressure.
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