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Free Printable MULAN Activity Packet

Disney’s MULAN is available now on Disney+ with Premier Access! Download this free MULAN printable activity packet for a great educational activity for kids! #Mulan This post may contain affiliate links which means we receive a small commission at no cost to you when you make a purchase. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Free Printable MULAN Activity Packet Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China’s legendary warrior to life in Disney’s ...
Tags: Art, Maleficent, Movies, Parenting, Entertainment, China, Disney, Mulan, Printables, Coloring Pages, Imperial Army, Niki Caro, Fun With the Kids, Hua Jun, Christopher Robin Incredibles, Beast Coloring Pages

Is it possible to build a mile-high skyscraper?

Frank Lloyd Wright originally proposed The Mile-High Illinois in the 1950s. Innovations in construction materials and elevators are necessary to reach the one mile height and beyond.We may see the first mile-high skyscraper by the middle of the 21st century. Humanity has been on a quest for millenia to build bigger and taller structures. In our reach skyward we've built ziggurats, pyramids, and coliseums. Our mythologies placed the seat of the gods in lofty towers high on mountaintops. We've had...
Tags: Design, China, New York City, Chicago, Cities, Architecture, Engineering, Middle East, Innovation, Dubai, Buildings, Illinois, Burj Khalifa, Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago Tribune, Wright

The Lady in the Portrait review –painterly pageantry in a Chinese royal court

Fan Bingbing stars as an emperor’s wife having her portrait painted in this artful yet inert period dramaThis French-Chinese co-production about an earlier French-Chinese collaboration offers handsome pageantry amid its lavish recreation of 18th-century imperial court life, but it isn’t quite enough to compensate for a puttering narrative motor. Longtime Apichatpong Weerasethakul producer Charles de Meaux has turned director with a far eastern equivalent of Girl With a Pearl Earring – another de...
Tags: Art, Europe, Film, France, China, Painting, Culture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, World cinema, Pearl Earring, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Bingbing, Fan Bingbing, Melvil Poupaud, Charles de Meaux

How Disney’s New “Mulan” Is A Travesty Of China’s History

The rotten heart of Mulan as a film, rather than its production process, is the accidental regurgitation of China’s current nationalist myths as part of a messy, confused, and boring film. The title card fades into a location said to be the “Silk Road, Northwest China.” This is, of course, Xinjiang—here set up by the narrative frame as an inalienable part of China that Mulan must defend for her father, her family, and her emperor. That’s not the historical reality—or even the reality of the ori...
Tags: Art, Media, China, Disney, Mulan, Xinjiang, 09.08.20, Silk Road Northwest China

SeaChange uses plasma arc technology to save the oceans from plastic waste

We’ve all heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the continuing flow of oceanbound plastic. But what if something could intercept that plastic before it made it into the oceans? That’s the plan of SeaChange, a new organization that claims to have devised the technology to save our oceans from the plastic pollution crisis. The start of SeaChange SeaChange founders Carl Borgquist and Tim Nett grew up together in Paradise, California, and have been lifelong friends. They went on to have v...
Tags: Design, Tibet, Indonesia, California, China, Water, Oceans, Pakistan, Plastic, Shanghai, Ocean Plastic, Mekong, Yangtze River, KARACHI, Arabian Sea, East China Sea

Glass Bridge in China

World’s longest transparent glass-bottomed suspension bridge constructed at the Huangchuan Three Gorges Scenic Area in Lianzhou, China. Bridge floor made out of 4.5-centimeter-thick ultra-clear glass supported by wind-resistant cable system connected to concrete anchors. Suspended at the height of 201 meters, 526.14 meter bridge is the longest suspension glass bridge in the world. Constructed under the supervision […]
Tags: Design, China, Inspiration, Huangchuan Three Gorges Scenic Area, Lianzhou China Bridge

Gardenhouse in Beverly Hills boasts one of the nations largest green walls

International architectural practice MAD Architects has completed the Gardenhouse, a mixed-use development in Beverly Hills that is the firm’s first project in the U.S. and hosts one of the largest living green walls in the country. Designed to mimic the neighborhood’s lush and hilly landscape, Gardenhouse combines ground-floor commercial space with 18 above-ground residential units that appear to “grow” out of the building’s living green wall. Inspired by a “hillside village,” the residential u...
Tags: Design, California, China, Los Angeles, Homes, Beverly Hills, Vertical Garden, Mad Architects, Mixed-use, Courtyard, Wilshire Boulevard, Drought Tolerant, Darren Bradley, Green Wall, Gabled, Living Wall

Tate, V&A And Pompidou Museums Defend Projects In China

All three are collaborating or consulting on major projects in China with development firms owned by the state. They say that sharing their collections and expertise in this way “can help to foster tolerance and curiosity” (Pompidou); “generates greater understanding between global cultures and communities” (V&A), and helps “increase Chinese people’s access to the possibilities of international art” (Tate). – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, China, Visual, Pompidou, 09.01.20, Tate V amp

Nestl's vegan tuna spares fish lives

Over the last few years, veggie burgers have nearly gone mainstream. But Nestlé’s new vegan tuna — aka Sensational Vuna — will be a whole new taste sensation for vegans and non-vegans alike. The product will hit Swiss markets this year, then roll out globally. Sensational Vuna includes six ingredients: water, pea protein, wheat gluten, rapeseed oil, salt and a natural flavor blend. Free from preservatives and artificial colorings, the alterna-tuna contains all essential amino acids. Food scient...
Tags: Design, China, Impossible Foods, McDonald, Stouffer, Digiorno, Vuna, Stefan Palzer Nestlé, Nestlé s Garden Gourmet, Tianjin Economic Technological Development Area

Guallart Architects unveil winning bid for a self-sufficient community in China

Barcelona-based Guallart Architects has won an international competition for its design of a mixed-use, self-sufficient community in China’s Xiong’an New Area. Presented as a model for sustainable urban growth, the project champions local energy production, food production, energy efficiency and material reuse. The tech-forward proposal also takes the needs of a post-COVID-19 era and growing work-from-home trend in account by designing for comfortable telework spaces in all residences. Establis...
Tags: Design, China, Barcelona, Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, 3d Printers, Solar Panels, Local Food, Co-working, Greenhouse, Mixed-use, Passive Design, New Area, Xiong, Self-sufficient

How 70,000 Chinese Characters Were Made To Fit On A Western Computer Keyboard

The world power that is 21st-century China likely wouldn’t exist as we know it if an ingenious and tenacious computer programmer named Wang Yongmin hadn’t solved that very basic, very complicated problem. Here’s a deep dive into how he did it. (audio plus transcript) – Radiolab
Tags: Art, China, Words, 08.14.20, Wang Yongmin

Richard Notkin's teapots

Ceramic artist Richard Notkin is famed for his clay teapots, inspired by the traditional Yixing style from China but forming a vehicle for political commentary in the west. In the interview above, you can see him work: "the vessel is the primary canvas of ceramics and the teapot is the most complex of vessels." [via Abigail Larson]
Tags: Art, Post, News, China, Teapots, Ceramics, Abigail Larson, Richard Notkin

How COVID-19 will change the way we design our homes

COVID-19 is confounding planning for basic human needs, including shelter. Around the world, home builders are vigilantly reading tea leaves in the fog, trying to figure out how to survive (and even thrive in) an unfolding economic disaster. And we mourn the fallen, working to keep our loved ones healthy and safe.COVID-19 has drawn a political dividing line in much of the world. It reminds me of something an American revolutionary, Samuel Johnson, said in 1775: "Patriotism is the last refuge of ...
Tags: Work, Europe, Design, Washington Post, China, America, Architecture, Canada, Work-life balance, House, Innovation, University Of Chicago, Epidemiology, Zika, World Economic Forum, U S Supreme Court

Mao Zedong’s Home Province Is Now The Hotbed Of Chinese Commercial TV

“Making waves is what Hunan Broadcasting System does best. … That is striking for an outfit run by the government of a province that is better known as China’s largest producer of rice and the birthplace of Mao Zedong — ‘red tourism’ centred on Mao’s formative haunts draws devotees of the chairman from around the country. But Changsha, the provincial capital, has become a font of China’s popular culture. It is home to over 12,000 companies involved in creating it. … At their heart in Hunan is a...
Tags: Art, Media, China, Mao, Mao Zedong, Hunan, Changsha, Hunan Broadcasting System, 08.08.20, Hotbed Of Chinese Commercial TV

Report: Hollywood Has A Problem With Chinese Censorship

“Beijing has sent a clear message to the filmmaking world, that filmmakers who criticize China will be punished, but that those who play ball with its censorship strictures will be rewarded,” proclaims the hard hitting “Made in Hollywood, Censored by Beijing” report. – Deadline
Tags: Art, Media, China, Beijing, 08.04.20, Hollywood Censored

Coronavirus Prevention Measure: Intermission

In China, some areas of the country can require movie theatres to give an intermission in the middle of movies that are more than two hours long. Hurray for bathroom breaks? “There is not yet official clarity as to how long the break should be and whether facilities must be disinfected again during that time frame.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, China, Audience, 07.31.20

Scientists: Earth’s Seismic Activity Plummeted During Lockdown

Writing today in the journal Science, dozens of researchers from around the world show that the seismic activity from our civilization plummeted as lockdowns went into effect. This “anthropogenic seismic noise,” as seismologists call it, comes from all manner of human activities, whether that’s running factories, operating cars or trains, or even holding concerts. So starting in China originally, then in different places in Italy, and then going through Europe. And whenever lockdowns happened i...
Tags: Art, Europe, China, Ideas, Italy, 07.23.20

Movie Theaters in Dalian, China Closed Again Just Days After Re-Opening

China's movie theaters began reopening on Monday following a six month shutdown due to the health crisis. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: China, Theatre, BWW News Desk, Dalian China

China’s Movie Theatres Are Reopening, But The Audience Isn’t Flocking Back

“By midnight [of the first day, July 20], cumulative nationwide gross takings totalled $502,000. … Earlier in the day, state media had reported that the total included more than $150,000 of prior bookings, which indicates that only modest numbers of cinema-goers made decisions on the day.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, China, 07.20.20

China Starts Reopening Movie Theaters (For The Second Time)

“China will begin reopening cinemas in ‘low-risk regions’ from July 20, the China Film Administration announced Thursday, ending nearly six months of closures that left thousands of theaters bankrupt. … When a small portion of cinemas reopened briefly in March, business was dismal. Venues were unable to attract much of a crowd by offering stale local titles that most people had already seen. Fresh content will now be crucial to getting people through the door.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, China, 07.15.20, China Film Administration

A Wondrous Spa by Leaping Creative Targets a Young Audience in China

In China, traditional foot bath therapy has a history behind it spanning over a thousand years but its appeal is far from enduring, especially to young urbanites. “FOREST FOR REST”, a Chinese leisure & wellness brand with a young target audience, is attempting to remedy this trend with a brand-new venue in Chongqing, a burgeoning metropolis in the southwest of the country.
Tags: Art, China, Chongqing

Pompeo Says US Is Considering Ban On TikTok

TikTok — which is owned by Beijing-based startup ByteDance — has been repeatedly criticized by US politicians who accused the short-form video app of being a threat to national security because of its ties to China. They allege that the company could be compelled to “support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.” – CNN
Tags: Art, Media, China, US, Beijing, Pompeo, 07.07.20

Bird figurine is earliest Chinese artwork ever discovered, say experts

‘Refined’ 2cm carving found in Henan dates to palaeolithic period up to 13,000 years agoA tiny figurine of a bird, carved from burnt bone and no bigger than a £1 coin, is the earliest Chinese artwork ever discovered, according to an international team of archaeologists. The carving, less than 2cm in length, has been dated to the palaeolithic period, between 13,800 and 13,000 years ago, which pushes back the earliest known date of east Asian animal sculpture by more than eight millennia.  Continu...
Tags: Art, Science, China, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Sculpture, Archaeology, Henan

Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine and Special Guest, Mira Sorvino

Mira Katherine Sorvino was born on September 28, 1967 in Manhattan. She is the daughter of Lorraine Davis, an actress turned drama therapist, and veteran character actor Paul Sorvino. Her father's family were Italian immigrants. The young Sorvino was intelligent, an avid reader and an exceptional scholar. Her father discouraged her from becoming an actor, as he knew how the industry often chews up young stars. She attended Harvard, majoring in Chinese, graduating magna cum laude in 1989, largely...
Tags: China, Theatre, Harvard, Beijing, Manhattan, Mira Sorvino, Sorvino, Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine, Ilana Levine, Lorraine Davis, Paul Sorvino, Mira Katherine Sorvino

China’s Movie Theatres Reopened… But Audience Hasn’t Returned

There are now more than 12,000 cinemas in China, according to market research firm IBISWorld. This figure has more than doubled in the past decade as China has embraced movie-going. But four out of 10 said they “are very likely to close” in the near future, according to the China Film Association survey. This could mean nearly 5,000 cinemas going bust as a result of the pandemic. – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, China, Audience, China Film Association, 06.04.20

Will The Pandemic Persuade People Cities Are Unsafe?

“In fact, no correlation exists between population density and rates of COVID-19 infection, according to recent studies examining the disease in China and Chicago. But if state and local governments still conclude that density itself is a problem, they are more likely to promote suburban sprawl as a matter of law—instead of making the accommodations, in their housing stock and their streetscapes, that allow people to live in cities safely and move about them comfortably.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, China, Chicago, Issues, 05.17.20

Follow the Silk Road, Book by Book

Compiled by our contributors, a reading list for recreating the ancient trade route from the comfort of home.
Tags: Art, Movies, News, China, Uzbekistan, Polo, Buddhism, Richard, Yu, Colin, PAUL, ESI, Chen Kaige, Bowles, Taseer, Books and Literature


The Liberal leader was asked which nation he admired most. He responded: "There's a level of... [This is a content summary only. Click the Title to see the full content] [Author: Past Expiry]
Tags: Design, China, Humor, Liberal, Political, Justin Trudeau, Trudeau, Past Expiry

A Glimpse Of The Future

The U.S. and other countries have been looking to China and Italy to predict what the pandemic would be like during the most intense times of infection. Now, take Wuhan as an example, the slow reopen is accompanied by fear of a second wave. “Trains, highways, and buses are humming anew and people venture out more. Yet many businesses have not reopened, many people … are still working from home, many restaurants are still open only for takeout, and the local economy is still a shadow of its form...
Tags: Art, China, Ideas, Italy, Wuhan, 05.01.20

Beijing Reopens Forbidden City, Museums, Parks

“The Forbidden City, past home to China’s emperors, is allowing just 5,000 visitors daily, down from 80,000. And parks are allowing people to visit at 30% of the usual capacity. … Large-scale group activities remain on hold and visitors must book tickets in advance online.” – AP
Tags: Art, China, Visual, Forbidden City, 05.01.20, Beijing Reopens Forbidden City Museums Parks

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