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Explore the Far East without leaving Manassas

July 7, 2009

The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College is offering a new class that focuses on Chinese, Korean and Japanese artwork.

Instructor Vivien Chen says students in “History of Far Eastern Art II” will uncover jades and bronze vessels of Neolithic China, hear stories told through dazzling illuminated manuscripts from Korea, enter caves carved with Buddhas, and sit in the quietude of a Japanese Zen garden.

“The course will emphasize Asian innovations in ceramics, landscape painting, architecture, textiles and woodblock prints, and the philosophies and religions that inspired them,” Chen said.

Chen brings a wealth of knowledge to the class. She has traveled widely in China and Japan where she conducted field research at archaeological sites, museums and performing arts venues. Her writing includes encyclopedia entries on Chinese Americans, and teachers’ guides about Chinese folk arts and Indonesian music, dance and puppets. She has lectured and organized exhibitions at several locations, including the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, she has presented papers on such subjects as Chinese and Chinese-American festivals, Chinese funeral practices and the Chinese New Year.

“History of Far Eastern Art II” (ART 104) will meet on Thursday evenings during the fall semester that begins Aug. 24. Online registration is taking place now and students are encouraged to register early to secure the classes they want.

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