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Holiday Party & China Info Exchange

Dear Members,

Let's get together for the Holiday Season! This meetup is intended for old and new friends to meet and enjoy time together. We will also exchange tips and recommendations on "all things China!"

This is how it works. If you reading a fiction or non-fiction book on China, watching a movie or DVD, booked a great trip to the provinces, recommend a restaurant for the foodies, where to shop best qipaos (elaborate long dress), latest teaching technology, Chinese-English translation programs, hottest new Chinese music, artwork, exhibits, where to buy Chinese plants/herbs, ....then pass along tips on anything involving the learning and culture of beautiful China by POST IT ON THE WEBSITE and exchange the info AT THE MEETUP!

OPTIONAL: Gift Exchange - bring a small, inexpensive "made in China" gift wrapped to put in the basket. The gifts will be distributed and opened in a fun game.

WEAR: Bright holiday clothing in reds, green, gold and silver. Be creative!

***Don't forget to be a good guest and purchase food/drink from Teaism. www.teaism.com

Lela, the Manager, is always happy to see us and reserves the Platform just for us at no charge:)

***Upcoming 2014 Event: Chinese New Year Celebration and Fundraiser. This event was held earlier this year to ring in the Year of the Snake at China Gardens Rosslyn. We collected fees for the website to cover the entire year, that's why you were not charged any fee to attend any of the meetups thereafter. Thank you, xiexie, to all the members, new and old, who turned out for this annual bash.****

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  • gen

    I am a Chinese brush painter and will be exhibiting my artwork in Arlington on 12/12 and Alexandria 12/20-12/22. Everyone is invited to my shows! More info and a link to my Etsy store with prints and greeting cards are at www.jaderiverstudio.com. Hope to see you soon!

    December 8, 2013

  • Evelyn

    Dear Members,
    The Holiday Party is being cancelled due to DC's Winter Weather Advisory thru Monday. It is forecasted snow and sleet will start mid-morning and turn to freezing rain. DC advises all drivers keep off the roads. The meetup will be rescheduled later. I was looking forward to seeing everybody but we have to heed Mother Nature. Happy Holidays!

    1 · December 7, 2013

  • Evelyn

    Yes, thanks Ben! I'm bummed out, too! So sorry the threat of snow, sleet, and freezing rain is spoiling our good fun:(

    Hope you can join Di and Susan for the Uncle Louis Hotpot Dinner!

    December 7, 2013

  • Harmony

    For those who like ancient Chinese wisdom, the Lao Tzu is a really good book. It contains various advices on how to do things. The interpretations may differ depending on who read it. Do without doing, be without being, etc... Those are the ways of the ancient Chinese masters! In addition, two other good books to read are The Art of War by Sun Tzu and The Three Kingdoms.

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Damien

    There is also the Chinese-English Toastmasters group at CCACC: 9366 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (http://ccacc.toastmastersclubs.org). This is a good opportunity to practice giving a speech in Chinese. Alternates every week between Chinese and English. Next week 11/9 is English.

    November 3, 2013

  • Evelyn

    Rodgers & Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards, this 1961 romantic musical comedy tells the story of a young Chinese girl who travels to the US as part of an arranged marriage and discovers a new and modern world. Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Miyoshi Umeki in a brilliant cast of Asian actors and superb performances. The Special Features give the backstory on the classic East meets West and cultural clash. Timeless, rich story line, lavish sets. Pure fun and hilarious!

    October 31, 2013

    • Susan

      What a crush I had on James Shigeta. My favorite line: my back is wet...

      October 31, 2013

  • Fan

    Bread Corner is a great place to get Chinese/Taiwanese-style pastries: http://bread-corner.com/.

    Jumbo Jumbo and Asia Taste make authentic pearl tea: http://www.jumbojumbocafe.com/.

    Yum!

    1 · October 22, 2013

    • Craig F.

      I love Jumbo Jumbo very good Taiwanese style of food and bubble teas, smoothies.

      October 30, 2013

  • Alexandra B.

    For those who are into graphic novels:
    American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang
    A Chinese Life, by Li Kunwu and Philippe Otie (beautiful artwork)

    October 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just finished reading "Five Star Billionaire" by Tash Aw, which tells the story of five disparate characters in Shanghai whose lives slowly become intertwined throughout the novel. Definitely worth a read in my opinion, it was nominated for the Man Booker prize this past year. It wasn't perfect but certainly interesting

    October 22, 2013

  • Damien

    没关系!!!!

    October 22, 2013

  • Evelyn

    Yay, Damien, Richard, and Susan x 2 !! Great recommendations!!
    Come on, members, let's hear some more!

    October 21, 2013

  • Susan

    My response was too long. Here is the last bullet:
    • If your ancestry is from the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong province, there are organized trips that will help you figure out where your ancestral villages are and take you there. This website is for the students’ tour and internship, but they offer trips for adults as well. http://www.insearchofroots.org/ I will be going October 2014 with some of my relatives. If you can get 10 people, you can have your own private tour.

    October 21, 2013

  • Susan

    Great idea! Where to start!
    • Good Cantonese restaurant but also famous for their hand-pulled noodles: Lotus Garden in Vienna. I highly recommend their noodle soups, minced tofu with shrimp, shrimp with heads on, roast duck, and pan-fried noodles with seafood. http://lotusgarden.webs.com/
    • Good online Mandarin course: LiveMocha. It is now owned by Rosetta Stone. Free if you are a member of Arlington County Library. http://livemocha.com/
    • Good Chinese-related TV channels shown on MHz Networks: CCTV News, CCTV Documentary, BON Network. http://www.mhznetworks.org/about/where-watch-mhz-dc
    • Good detective series that takes place in Shanghai: Inspector Chen. Written in English by a Chinese ex-pat. The first one, Death of a Red Heroine, is the best in the series. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qiu_Xiaolong

    October 21, 2013

  • Damien

    If you want to watch a Chinese TV drama try this one: 妈妈的花样年华 http://dianshiju.cntv.cn/special/mmdhynh/ 33 episodes of around 45 minutes each Anyone else got suggestions?

    October 21, 2013

  • Evelyn

    Dear Members,
    I'll go first. 1. Recommend Dreaming in Chinese-Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language by Deborah Fellows. 2. Tales of the Dragon-The Book of Lore by Tang Long (William Tang) 3. The Silk Road-The Journey from China to Turkey DVD (Sackler Gift Shop) 4. Wudang Taijiquan (Master Zhou) Enjoy!

    October 21, 2013

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