My Latest fun find: SEOUL Magazine — Travel and Culture

SEOUL Magazine — Travel and Culture.

If you love things like K-pop, Kimchi and cute Koreans then this is a great magazine for you. It takes you into the world that is South Korea and teaches you about not only modern culture but traditional culture as well.

It is also a great source for interviews, fashion and travel.

Read. Enjoy!

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My Latest fun find: SEOUL Magazine — Travel and Culture

SEOUL Magazine — Travel and Culture.

If you love things like K-pop, Kimchi and cute Koreans then this is a great magazine for you. It takes you into the world that is South Korea and teaches you about not only modern culture but traditional culture as well.

It is also a great source for interviews, fashion and travel.

Read. Enjoy!

American Rodeo Out of the Chute in China — BEIJING, April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ —

American Rodeo Out of the Chute in China — BEIJING, April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ —.

Bringing the Culture of the American West to China to Enhance USChina Cultural Ties

BEIJINGApril 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Rodeo China was announced today in Beijing. The historic eight-day rodeo event will be staged in October 2011 in Beijing‘s National Stadium (“the Bird Nest”) and will give Chinese and international audiences the opportunity to watch the best talent in rodeo today compete for the largest prize purse ever in rodeo history.

Rodeo China, an important component of the China-US cultural exchange program in 2011, is jointly hosted by Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), China International Friendship Cities Association (CIFCA), the National Stadium and Less Is Forever More Inc. (LIFM), and produced by ZZYX Entertainment, and will be staged inBeijing from October 3-10, 2011.

Li Xiaolin, Vice President of the CPAFFC, said, “Rodeo China provides an opportunity for the Chinese public to appreciate the American cowboy culture that will connect ‘The Culture of the American West, Rodeo’ to China. It will play an active role in promoting China-US cultural exchange and enhancing mutual understanding and friendship between American and Chinese people.” The event is an encouraging move after President Hu Jintao and President Barack Obama‘s January meeting inWashington.

Also in attendance for the announcement were Richard and Carrie Tucker, Founders of Rodeo China and Less Is Forever More Inc.; Rick Garson, Executive Producer of Rodeo China and ZZYX Entertainment; Matt Shiozawa, one of the top five cowboys in the world; and other representatives of “The Culture of American West,” together witnessing a unique moment in the history of China-US cultural exchange.

The Tuckers have a proud western tradition in rodeo and over more than 30 years history with China. It was their vision and desire to create a cultural and educational experience that is at the heart of Rodeo China. “The American western cowboy culture was popularized by many movies of the 1930s when the cowboy figure was glorified and became a symbol of the American spirit. Rodeo China will create a unique cultural experience for the Chinese audience with various sports and entertainment activities. See you in the Bird’s Nest in October!” said Richard Tucker, CEO of Rodeo China and LIFM.

“Rodeo China will bring together the best of the East and West to create this amazing marriage of sports and entertainment, to be viewed by an estimated two billion plus global audience, including TV, Internet and other new media. This will be the first global TV special from the Bird’s Nest since the 2008 Olympics.” said Rick Garson, Executive Producer of Rodeo China and ZZYX Entertainment.

On April 12, 2011, the Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both pledged to deepen the people-to-people exchange and further enhance cultural ties between the two countries, at the closing session of the second annual high-level China-US Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) held in Washington. Clinton believes people-to-people exchange is the key to broaden and deepen the Sino-US relationship. In 2011, the State Department will encourage US private-sector organizations to share the best of US culture and society with Chinese audiences, and Rodeo China is listed as one of the Sino-US cultural exchange programs in 2011.

In 1979, during Deng Xiaoping‘s visit to US, he paid a visit to a rodeo in Simonton, Texas, where he rode in a stagecoach and a cowgirl presented him a “Cowboy Hat” and a “Western duster Coat”. This was regarded as the beginning of the renewal of China-US focuses and cooperation on rural development issues; in 2011, Rodeo China will be introduced into China for the first time, further strengthening the strong ties already existing between China and the US. These people-to-people exchange efforts should provide growing dividends for the future of this relationship.

For more information on Rodeo China, please visit www.rodeochina.com. For video b-roll and photos, please visitwww.rodeochina.com/media. For media inquiries, please contact:

ZZYX Entertainment

Edwin Winfield

US: +1-702734-0001

ed@zzyxentertainment.com

Jade Zhao

China: +86-138-1173-9925

jade@zzyxentertainment.com

SOURCE ZZYX Entertainment

Asia’s most sinful cities ~ Where does your sin city rank?

Seven deadly sins — seven lively Asian cities. We all stray off the path of righteousness from time to time.

So if you’re going to end up in hell due to a temptation to eat more than your fair share of stinky tofu, take a detour to Taipei first. Or if pride’s your vice, take a turn toward Manila.

These Asian cities take a sin and turn it into a raison d’être.

Read more: Asia’s most sinful cities | CNNGo.com http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/life/asias-most-sinful-cities-174006#ixzz1KO9wmlWb

Article: http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/life/asias-most-sinful-cities-174006

Asia’s most sinful citieshttp://zite.to/gns9LS via @Ziteapp & @blcsfo

UN celebrates Chinese Language Day with traditional music, art CCTV News – CNTV English

UNITED NATIONS, April 20 (Xinhua) — The United Nations (UN) celebrated Chinese Language Day Wednesday with a series of activities in an effort to highlight the historical and cultural importance of each of its six official languages.

Dozens of UN staff members and diplomats from different countries gathered at a conference room in the UN headquarters to enjoy this gala, applauding the wonderful performances given by Chinese artists.

The date was chosen by the United Nations to pay tribute to Cang Jie, a mythical figure who is credited with having invented Chinese characters about 5,000 years ago

***the Wushu performers that were in Akron are the ones mentioned in the story***

full story:

UN celebrates Chinese Language Day with traditional music, art CCTV News – CNTV English.

Karaoke, Ancient Harmony? | New Emissary

Karaoke, Ancient Harmony?

Many of us don’t tend to see Confucianism, the ancient philosophy, reflected in contemporary Chinese society and culture.

But when I recently spoke to Daniel Bell (author of China’s New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Societyon the revival of Confucianism he sees in China today, he told me that you might actually find it in a ubiquitous modern hangout—the karaoke bar. ‘Why is karaoke so popular in East Asian countries with a Confucian heritage and not nearly as much in North America and Europe?’ he pointed out. ‘University students in the West go to bars as university students, but more often or not in Asian countries, they go to karaoke.’ Indeed, during my own student days in Canada, I spent a total of zero time singing karaoke with my friends.

Bell explained how one of the core ethics of the Confucian philosophy may very well have popularized the pastime in places like China: ‘Confucianism emphasizes the human voice as being important for generating harmony…It’s really hard to explain why it’s become so popular otherwise here and not elsewhere,’ he suggested.

In Japan also, karaoke is a favorite group activity amongst the young and old. In the book Confucius Lives Next Door, author T.R. Reid argues that Confucianism influences everyday Japanese and that values such as harmony and the importance of treating others decently is what has led East Asia to realize its ‘other miracle,’ in the form of ‘dramatically low rates of crime, divorce, drug abuse, and other social ills.’

And certainly from what we’ve seen in the way the Japanese people, especially those directly affected by the March 11 earthquake, have conducted themselves in the wake of crisis, it seems that Reid is onto something.

from: Karaoke, Ancient Harmony? | New Emissary.

Thai water gun fight sets new record CCTV News – CNTV English

A new Guinness World Record has been set for the biggest water gun fight ever. Wednesday’s gathering in Bangkok featured more than 34-hundred people, participating in a 10-minute “soakdown.”

Thousands of Thai natives and foreign tourists, armed with colorful toy guns, met outside one of the capital’s largest shopping malls and started squirting. The event was part of the country’s annual Songkran Water Festival.

Full story:Thai water gun fight sets new record CCTV News – CNTV English.

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