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-Mahatma Ghandi

Talk : Hide and Seek: Uncovering the Secrets of Chinese Culture
by Lin Xi
5 June 2015
Lin Xi is the prolific and award-winning lyricist behind the songs of many of Hong Kong's popular singers. He is noted for his songwriting partnership with composer Zhang Ya Dong for singer Faye Wong, as well as his compositions with and for Eason Chan, Miriam Yeung, Leslie Cheung, and Andy Lau, to name a few.

His deep engagement with words for his work has led to a unique literary grasp of the Chinese language, and its associated cultural meanings.  This talk will explore what it means to encounter and engage (whether actively or passively) with Chinese culture, and its influences and products that we see all around us, every day.  From classical literature to the collecting of Chinese antiques, Lin Xi will discuss the insights and understanding--the secrets and treasures--he has gained about Chinese culture from various activities and pursuits.

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Culture of Incense: Incense Conference (Nanjing)
1-2 May 2015
This upcoming event organized by CCSC will bring together scholars and experts in the field of Chinese incense to disseminate and share information regarding the incense culture, a tradition that dates as far back as the Neolithic periods more than 5000 years ago, and coming into full flourish in the Song Dynasty, up to the Qing Dynasty. This conference aims to provide an intersectional space for incense as seen through the lens of recent archaeological research and scientific findings, and incense as a cultural practice and ritual. The conference will include talks, and live incense demonstrations and ceremonies.

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Gu Qin Lecture Part 3
7 March 2015
Dr. Tong Kin-Woon will be giving the third and final part of his 3-part talk series, "Spirituality and Musicality in the Chinese Scholar's Gu Qin." Part 3 is titled "The relationship between lacquer composition and the tonal qualities of the Gu Qin".

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Gu Qin Lecture Part 2
18 December 2014
Dr. Tong Kin-Woon will be giving the second part of his 3-part talk series, "Spirituality and Musicality in the Chinese Scholar's Gu Qin". Part 2 is titled "The Evolution of Technique and Melody of the Gu Qin through the Dynasties"

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Gu Qin Lecture Part 1
6 October 2014
Renowned ethnomusicologist and scholar of the gu qin, Dr. Tong Kin-Woon, will be giving a 3-part talk series, "Spirituality and Musicality in the Chinese Scholar's Gu Qin". Part 1 is titled "The Gu Qin: An Embodiment of Chinese Cosmology"

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