2014 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration
LIB 100 & 201 Approved
Chinese Cultural Performance
Enjoy a beautiful performance featuring talented people from the West Michigan Chinese American community. Five pieces will be performed:
Dai Dance “There Is A Beautiful Place": A peacock dance typically performed by the Dai people who live in the southern part of Yunnan province. Performers: Rachel Cheng, Yu Lin, Yan Yu and Ping Zhao
Pipa solo: Pipa is a pear-shaped, four-string wooden instrument with 12-26 frets. The Chinese instrument dates back 2,000 years.
“Mo Li Hua” means the jasmine flower. This song was composed in the 18th century and performed at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics and 2010 Shangai Expo Opening Ceremonies.
“Zi Zhu Diao” means purple bamboo melody. This music dates back 2,000 years. It is typically performed in Shanghai dialect, the major version of the Wu dialect of the Chinese language. Sololist: Yi Wang
Taichi “42 Form": This form was formalized and standardized in 1988 by Taiji masters and the state sports administration of China. Form 42 is characterized by its elegant, soft and unhurried movements of hands, legs and body. Taiji Master: Guangyu Gus Zhang
Xinjiang Dance “Why Are The Flowers So Red?”: The Uighurs are one of China’s largest ethnic groups, with about 10 million people living in the Xinjiang Autonomous region. They are famous for singing and dancing. Performers: Rachel Cheng, Yu Lin, Yan Yu and Ping Zhao