Sunday, August 8, 2010

New Course at The China Institute, New York

Chinese elephant figurine.  Could it be a game piece?
Chinese chess is called "Xiang Qi" which can be translated as "elephant game."
The chance to take a class like this is only one reason why I wish I lived in New York.  Oh well. Maybe in my next life, when I come back as a Rockefeller heiress. 

Chinese Art and Archaeology

Resident Scholar and Consulting Archaeologist to UNESCEO World Heritage Centre and Discovery Channel’s Ancient Manmade Marvels series, Dr. Hsin-Mei Agnes Hsu, will teach a five-week long course introducing Chinese art and archaeology from the Neolithic period to the Bronze Age. This the first in a series of short courses on Chinese art and archaeology to be offered in the next few years in conjunction with our exhibitions.

Dr. Hsu was on the faculty of Brown University (2004-2007) and a research scholar at Stanford University (2008). In 2002, she was the first American graduate student to receive a Mellon Foundation fellowship to conduct research at the Needham Institute at Cambridge University for her work on ancient cartographic science. Dr. Hsu’s publications include “Structured Perceptions of Real and Imagined Landscapes in Early China” in Geography, Ethnography, and Perceptions of the World from Antiquity to the Renaissance (2010), “An Emic Perspective on the Mapmaker’s Art in Western Han China” in Journal of the Royal Society of Asiatic Studies (2007), and The Exceptional Universal Value of the Road Systems in Ancient Empires: A Comparative Study of the Chinese Oasis Route of the Early Silk Road and the Qhapag Ñan, UNESCO (2006).

Tuesdays, January 11, 18, February 1, 8, and 15 ~ 6:30-8:30 PM
$200 member / $250 non-member (5 sessions)
$45 member / $55 non-member (per session)

To register, please click here.

Information on more upcoming courses provided in the August, 2010 China Institute newsletter.

1 comment:

Agnes said...

Hi, this is Agnes Hsu. I just want to write to thank you for your nice comment and posting the course on your website. I actually have published about the origins of Chinese chess and would love to share the information with you. Please feel free to email me at

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