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Chinese Cultural Activities

Our Chinese program usually hosts two cultural activities during the eight-week session. In past years the Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Company has visited our campus for educational demonstrations and performances. On the first day of their two day visit, the performers talk to students about their training regimen, demonstrate training exercises, and provide insights into the everyday life of a Peking Opera performer. On the second day, the actors perform excerpts from famous Peking Opera shows. Students are able to watch the performers apply their intricate makeup prior to the performances and ask questions about the Peking Opera.

During the second four-week session of the program, students travel to Chicago's vibrant Chinatown to celebrate the Chicago Dragonboat Festival. Held at Ping Tom Park, the festival includes races in replica dragon boats and several Chinese variety performers. Participants also eat lunch and dinner at authentic Chinese restaurants. In summer 2008, students enjoyed Dim Sum and Szechuan cuisine. The excursion culminated with a calligraphy workshop hosted by Andy Chan, the President of the Chinese Artists Association of North America.

Related Links:
The Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Company
Chicago Chinatown