Penn Museum Welcomes the Year of the Ox at the 28th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

21 DECEMBER 2009, PHILADELPHIA, PA—Enter the New Year with the strength and determination of an Ox! The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology announces the 28th annual Chinese New Year Celebration, the Year of the Ox, Saturday, 24 January 2009, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Music and dance performances, healing and martial arts demonstrations, games, workshops, children's activities and much more - topped off with the traditional Chinese Lion Dance grand finale - are all part of the spectacular day-long celebration, free with Museum admission donation ($10 general admission; $7 seniors and $6 students with ID; free for children under 6, Museum members and PENNcard holders).

Music, dance and special performances bring the sights, sounds and spectacles of China to Museum galleries and auditoriums. The University of Pennsylvania student group Penn Chinese Dance Club performs at 12:00 p.m. in the Harrison Auditorium. The Mei-Mei Dancers (ages 3 to 8) and the Pan-Asian Dance Troupe perform traditional dances from 2 to 2:30 p.m. in the Harrison Auditorium.

Musician Kurt Jung offers two presentations on the differences between Eastern and Western musical instruments, comparing the erhu to the violin, the gu-zheng (Chinese zither) to the harp, and the ruan to the Western-style guitar. The 11:30 a.m. program is recommended for interested adults, and the 2 p.m. program is designed for families with children. The presentations take place in the Lower Egyptian Gallery.

The Jade River Dancers perform in the Harrison Auditorium from 1 to 1:40 p.m., drawing from their repertoire of traditional dances including the Hat Dance, Iron Fan Dance, and the Spinning Handkerchief Dance. Boys with the troupe demonstrate their dexterity with the giant Chinese yo-yo.

No Chinese New Year Celebration is quite complete without the traditional lion dance to chase away evil and usher in a year of good luck. After their Kung Fu demonstration from 3 to 3:45 p.m. in the Harrison Auditorium, lion dancers and drummers from Cheung’s Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy wind their way outside, weather permitting, to the Upper Courtyard Garden for a boisterous finale.

Chinese martial arts are a highlight of the day. Visitors can stop by the Lower Egyptian Gallery from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. to see Falun Gong teacher Lijie Sun demonstrate this widely-practiced system of healing exercises based on the art of QiGong. Master John Chen from Ba'Z Tai Chi & Kung Fu Studio offers a Tai Chi demonstration from 1 to 1:40 p.m. Members of Cheung’s Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy offer an exhilarating Kung Fu demonstration at 3:00 p.m. in the Harrison Auditorium.

In the Rainey Auditorium, acupuncturist Eva Zeller gives a lecture on “Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation Treatment” at 11:30 a.m. Mrs. Zeller, who works in the Acupuncture Medical Practice in center city Philadelphia, has a Masters degree in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and has special training in the treatment myofascial pain. For those who want to learn more about this ancient healing practice, Dr. Ching-Yao Shi, also from the Acupuncture Medical Practice, sets up a table in the Chinese Rotunda to answer questions and demonstrate techniques.

Anne Martin-Montgomery, founder and director of Chinese for Families, an organization that works to support American families who want to learn Chinese together, leads an interactive family workshop featuring dance, music and Chinese language lessons, in Rainey Auditorium from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

The Chinese Rotunda houses the Chinese Art Marketplace, the site for demonstrations by area artists, including paper cutting by Fan-ling Chen and Chinese calligraphy by Bi Rui-lan. The Museum’s three shops - the Museum Shop, Second Site, and the Pyramid Shop for Children - spotlight their colorful selection of Chinese arts, crafts, games and books for the event.

Onlei Annie Jung, a Chinese brush painting and calligraphy instructor at the Perkins Center for the Arts, joins the festivities again to teach visitors some basic brush strokes for painting and writing Chinese characters at a workshop held in Classroom 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ms. Jung also leads a children's craft workshop centered around the Year of the Ox in Classroom 2 from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Activities in the Rotunda surround a 19th century crystal ball believed to have been owned by the last Dowager Empress, a Chinese ruler in the late 1800s.

As always, the Museum Cafe features several Chinese lunch entrees and kid-friendly foods.

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.

Located at 3260 South Street on the Penn campus in Philadelphia, Penn Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Closed Mondays, and holidays. Museum admission donation is $10 adults; $7 senior citizens, $6 students with ID; free to Museum members, children under 6, and PENNcard holders. Call (215) 898-4000 for general information, or visit the Museum’s award-winning website at http://penn.museum.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION 2009 SCHEDULE

11:00-1:00 - Calligraphy Class- Classroom 2
11:00-12:30 - Interactive Family Workshop- Rainey Auditorium
11:30-12:00 - Eastern vs. Western Musical Instruments (Families) - Lower Egypt
11:30-12:15 - Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation Treatment Lecture- Rainey Auditorium
12:00-12:30 - Penn Chinese Dance Club - Harrison Auditorium
2:00-2:30 - Mei Mei Dancers and PanAsian Dance Troupe - Harrison Auditorium
12:15-12:45 - Falun Gong Demonstration - Lower Egypt
1:00-1:40 - Tai Chi Demonstration - Lower Egypt
2:30-3:45 - Children’s Craft Workshop - Classroom 2
1:00-1:40 - Jade River Dance Company Performance - Harrison Auditorium
2:00-2:45 - Eastern vs. Western Musical Instruments - Lower Egypt
3:00-3:45 - Kung Fu Demonstration - Harrison Auditorium
3:45-4:00 - Lion Dance Finale - Warden Garden

All Day Events, 11:00-3:30
Chinese Rotunda
Chinese Art Marketplace
Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop
Membership Information
Museum Café
Chinese food (other foods available)

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, located at 3260 South Streets on the Penn campus in Philadelphia, is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage. For general information, visitors may call (215) 898-4000, or visit the Museum’s award-winning website at http://www.penn.museum.


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