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Past First Saturday Programs


2012-2013  First Saturday Program Series

Sept 8, 2012
Flying Tiger Veterans and Chinese American Elders
Symposium about the Flying Tigers and Chinese Americans in WWII
A day-long event featuring several panel presentations and a film about the Chinese American experiences during WWII, both abroad and in the U.S. with a Portland perspective.
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October 6, 2012
Claudia Duncan, Tao of Tea
Pu-er Tea: from bush to cup
Presentation about the ancient Tea Horse Road and Pu-er tea from Yunan China, how it is processed and prepared and will off a tea sampling.

November 3, 2012
Mark Vossbrink, Penjing expert and member of the Bonsai Int'l Club
Penjing Beautiful: Living 3-Dimension Poetry
A talk & demonstration of “Timeless Trees and Potted Landscapes” in the Chinese manner.  While bonsai is synonymous with miniature trees, penjing equates to miniature, potted landscapes.

December 1, 2012
Jim Binkley, PSU professor and qin musician
‘Qin’: Abiding with Antiquity
An introduction and overview of the ‘Qin’, an ancient 7-string instrument intimately identified with the Chinese Scholar.
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February 2, 2013
Charles Lachman, University of Oregon
The Allure of Painted Poetry: East Asian Screens
A historical perspective of how screens in China, Korea and Japan were developed, designed and used to create intimate spaces while adding beauty to a room and to serve as backdrops for ceremonies and performances.

March 2, 2013
Ben Ngan, Landscape Architect
Aesthetic and Cultural Considerations for a Chinese Literati Garden
Presentation about the exchange of ideas that ensued in developing a unique and proper local planting scheme for the Portland LanSu Chinese Garden.

April 6, 2013
Dr. Kevin Greenwood, adjunct professor of Art History at Willamette University
The Ideology of Power: the Architecture of the Lama Temple in Beijing
A presentation about how and why this architectural wonder was constructed to exemplify an Emperor’s ideology of power during the Qing dynasty.

May 4, 2013
Martin Nicholson, Curator of Portland's Hoyt Arboretum The Grace and Fragrance of Jade, Yellow and Woody “Orchids”
A private tour and presentation about the Chinese Magnolia collection @ Hoyt Arboretum as magnolia blossoms emerge from their winter slumber.

June 1, 2013
Francis Li
Beijing and it's Forbidden City
A visual, historical introduction to this distinctive complex in Beijing.


2011 - 2012 Program Series

September 10, 2011
Ken Diener
"The Poetry of Chinese Architecture: Stepping into the Clouds”

October 1, 2011
Martin Nicholson, Curator of the Hoyt Arboretum in Washington Park
Guided tour and lecture: “Experiencing Autumn and Learning about the conservation of Maples.”

November 5, 2011
Sean Hogan
“Sensory Plants in the Scholar’s Garden to Awaken and Inspire”

December 3, 2011
Cynthia Haruyama, Executive Director of the Portland LanSu Chinese Garden
“Lessons from Abroad: Examining issues of relevance and identity for a Suzhou-style garden in 21st century North America” -- a presentation about the Lansu Garden staff's visits to Suzhou and to Suzhou designed gardens in the United States.

January 7, 2012
New Year’s brunch at Golden Horse Restaurant

February 4, 2012
Ann Wetherell, Adjunct professor at Portland State University
Chinese small scene paintings

March 3, 2012
Ned Jaquith, owner of Bamboo Garden
Presentation about bamboo and the unique bamboo collection in the Lan Su Chinese Garden.