Day #12 & #13: China Blog

9/22-23/2010 Full Moon Over Datong Upon our arrival back in Beijing, we spend a few more days here, but the real treat is when we leave again for Datong. We are up at 5:30am and board an airplane at 7:15am to fly 1 hour and land in the city that was once the capitol of China. It thus has an ancient and impressive history as well, with the remnants of…

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Day #8 & #9 Blogging from China

We Are In Love… with this Village! Stories fly between our American participants and the Chinese master tellers. Although we must all stop every few sentences for translation from English to Chinese or Chinese to English, we have been the lucky recipients of their treasure trove of stories collected over 600 years. And we bring stories for them. Tells a Thousand Words As we walk the dirt roads to their…

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Day #5, #6, #7: Nu Wa Gems East and West

Gateway to the Storytelling Village: Our bus finally finds the road into the village of Gengcun!  We have traveled almost 4 hours with the traffic out of Beijing to drive south.  We have made it! We disembark our bus several meters ahead, so that we can walk into the crowds of villagers waiting to welcome us.  We see flashes of red moving ahead. We hear the faint beating of drums….

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Day #2, #3, #4 in China

What We’ve Been Doing: Well, we’re exhausted, but full and sated. We have walked miles and miles learning the stories and history of the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, underground Ming Tomb, Sacred Way and the Summer Palace. We have visited the Olympic Water Bubble and Bird’s Nest. We have taken photos, videos, and rubbed our aching feet! Where once these sites were fairly empty and…

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DAY #1 for the Nu Wa Gems

Getting Out There in China Nu Wa China Storytelling and Cultural Exchange has launched! And once again, it’s a wonderful group of diverse Americans! Tea Time & More We went to a Tea House today and saw some amazing performances – magic with live fish appearing on the end of fishing poles, in bowls and more; storyteller using song and drum; repartee – like a stand up comedy routine (and…

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Journey to China

A Return Journey In Many Ways As many know, I was commissioned by Sue O’Halloran of Race Bridges to write and perform my mother’s story titled ‘Bittersweet’. It was performed in Chicago twice this past April and on Orcas Island as part of the Smithsonian’s Journey Stories traveling exhibit. Soon, I will perform it at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough in October. How fitting it was, then, that I…

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Salon in June Review

Last weekend marked the last of the 5th year series of “Salon! You’re ON!”. As another wonderful season comes to a close, we have much to be grateful for. First and foremost- we are grateful to all the incredible Bay Area talent that made this possible. With over 8 events, 400 people attending, and 60 participating artists, painters, writers, poets, film makers, songwriters, playwright, storytellers, public artists, musicians and dancers,…

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May 15 Salon Review

Once Again Another Lively Salon! Last weekend we engaged the creativity and conversation of several local artists. A film, a novel, a rap, a dance, a choir- – where else can one get all of this in one elegant and intimate evening of culture? None other than at Eth-Noh-Tec’s “Salon! You’re ON!” Rose Khor (Film Maker) Rose presented her film, “In Our Hawaiian Way” exploring the complex issues of cultural…

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Salon! You’re On! May 15, 2010 at 7:00pm

Enjoy an evening of performing, literary, media and visual arts. Each month Eth-Noh-Tec hosts a plethora of local Bay Area talent. Eth-Noh-Tec, a kinetic story theater company will perform a selection from their repertoire of Asian mythology along with: Cio Casteneda (spoken word artist) aka the Hiphop priest is a positive Emcee coming up out of San Francisco trying to make the world a better place in the name of…

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Nancy Wang Debuts New Story, “Bittersweet” in Chicago

Nancy and Robert performed in Nancy’s old hometown Chicago! We were at the 8th JustStories Storytelling event which commissions one storyteller annually to create a story around justice or racial equality – a personal story that reveals history not usually heard or learned. This year that commission went to Nancy! My story is called ‘Bittersweet’.Storyteller Sue O’Halloran and Father Derek Simons of the Society of the Divine Word co-produce and…

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