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This award-winning American film touchingly portrays violinist Isaac Stern's teaching visit to Peking and Shanghai in 1979. Stern spent much time with young Chinese musicians. He was especially impressed with two ten-year-olds, one a pianist, the other a cellist. The film combines the best of China's scenery with plenty of western classical music.
This is a continuation of a very popular earlier lecture on Tang poetry but will be of interest to you whether or not you were able to attend that lecture. The same lecturer will go into greater depth about the lives of various poets and will read and translate selections from their works. Some of these poems are still alive in the modern Chinese language in the form of colorful expressions.
Teaching associate, Department of Oriental Languages
University of California, Berkeley
Jon Kowallis, the lecturer for this event, was a teaching associate at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Oriental Languages. He is author of "Lu Xun's Classical Verse," published in Hong Kong by Cosmos Books, Ltd. At present Mr. Kowallis is at Beijing University doing research on Lu Xun.