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2004 Chinese New Year Schedule of Events

Date Time Activity Location
1/24 - 2/8   Plant Sale Courtyard of Tranquility & Hall of Brocade Clouds
1/23 - 2/8   David Lee Art Exhibit Hall of Permeating Fragrance
Friday, 1/23 6:30 - 8:30 pm Chinese New Year Art Exhibit Reception - Members Only  
Sat. 1/24 11:00 - 11:30 Lion Dance NW Lion Dance Association Garden
11:45 - 1:45 Nine Dragons Performances Waterside, Knowing Fish, Painted Boat, 4-Sided Hall Terrace
2:00 - 2:30 Er-hu Music Demonstration featuring Jerry Lin Hall of Permeating Fragrance
Sun. 1/25 10:45 - 11:30 Qigong / Tai Chi Demo Wen Wu Schl. of Internal Martial Arts Hall of Brocade Clouds Terrace
11:30 - 12:30 Monkey King Storytelling Carol Gwo Waterside Pavilion
12:00 - 2:00 Paper Cutting Workshop Jean Ye Reflections in Clear Ripples
12:24 - 2:45 Nine Dragons Performances Waterside, Knowing Fish, Painted Boat, 4-Sided Hall Terrace
Sat. 1/31 11:00 - 12:00 Tai Chi Demonstration U.S. Wushu Center Hall of Brocade Clouds Terrace
12:00 - 2:00 Knot Tying Workshop Waterside Pavilion
2:15 - 3:30 Qigong Demonstration Wu Dao Jing She Hall of Brocade Clouds Terrace
Sun. 2/1 Bring A Parent Free Day
11:00 - 11:30 Storytelling Ming-Ming Tung-Edelman Waterside Pavilion
11:30 - 1:30 Nine Dragons Book Sale & Illustration Demonstration Reflections in Clear Ripples
12:00 - 1:00 Tai Chi Demonstration Portland Tai Chi Study Group Hall of Brocade Clouds Terrace
1:30 - 2:00 Lion Dance NW Lion Dance Association Waterside Pavilion
Sat. 2/7 1:00 - 5:30 Lantern Making Program Space
5:30 - 7:00 Garden open at discount - half off all tickets. Garden



Sponsors & Contributors

In addition to thanking the individuals and groups above, the Garden would like to recognize the following companies and individuals who have contributed to the Year of the Monkey 2004:

David Lee Galleries - Maui

Sungari

NW Lion Dance Association



Event Details

Carol Gwo - Storytelling
"The Monkey King"

In China, children love Monkey King, for he is brave, witty, loyal, adventuresome, and very mischievous. This literary classic is a common bedtime story and parents often tell it on the eve of the New Year to keep their children awake. The story Monkey King or Journey to the West dates back to the Tang dynasty and has become known the world over.

Jean Ye - Paper Cutting

As a traditional craft, Chinese paper cutting has a long history dating back approximately two thousand years. Paper cuts are commonly made by cutting intricate designs into white paper with a pair of scissors or a small knife. Once cutting is completed, the paper is then colored. The images used for Chinese paper cutting are most often flowers or animals which are considered auspicious. They are used primarily in the countryside as window and door decorations and during special celebrations such as weddings or the Chinese New Year.

U.S. Wushu Center - Martial Arts

Since the 17th century, Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan), has been China's 'Supreme Ultimate' for fitness and long life. Benefits include improved physical and mental health, reduced stress, an increase in energy, and a richer life through enhanced relaxation. Taijiquan is gentle and slow-moving, suitable for all ages.

Rosalind Wang - Knot Tying

Since ancient times, Chinese knot tying has been used to decorate both the palace halls to countryside households. In China, knotting is not only a fine art, but also a form of communication. People can express blessings, best wishes, and amorous sentiments. Decorative knots, on the other hand, are tied to wind chimes, palace lanterns, fan tassels, hairpins, eyeglass cases, and many other objects.

Wu Dao Jing She
Qigong - Martial Arts

Wu Dao Jing She is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the study and practice of Qigong. Qigong (pronounced chee gong) is movement and mediation practice that enhances and balances the body's flow of qi, the vital life energy. The principles of qigong are based on traditional Chinese medicine which addresses the whole person - body, mind, and spirit. Therefore, the benefits of qigong affect not only physical well-being but also mental acuity, emotional stability, and access to wisdom.

Northwest Chinese Lion Dance Association

The lion dance is one of China's most distinctive cultural arts. It symbolizes courage, energy, and wisdom and bring good fortune, prosperity, and longevity.

Wen Wu School of Martial Arts

The Portland school offers instruction on Dayan or Wild Goose qigong. Dayan Qigong works to improve the various bodily functions by improving the body's electric and magnetic energy flow and capacity. The movements are organized to follow the flow of the earth's energy and to exchange internal qi (from the body) and external qi (from the earth and the universe), utilizing this energy to stimulate and balance the various functions of the body. To learn more, visit www.wenwuschool.com.