Phoenix and Birds, on this month's cover, exhibits many of the qualities of Ming dynasty
silk scroll painting.
You will be walking on 15th Century Ming Dynasty
hardrock wall, before descending on local trails to experience rural life of local people in the Hebei Province.
A world away from the frenetic pace of downtown Beijing, I felt transported back to the Ming Dynasty
, peering into the distant horizon looking for marauding nomads.
1368 The rising power of China's Ming Dynasty
breaks the family's control, bringing about the end of the Mongol Empire.
While standing awestruck in one of the 9,000 rooms in Beijing's 400-year-old Forbidden City, I looked up at a complex network of interlocking beams and posts that have held this building together since the Ming Dynasty
. The ceiling's colors were barely visible in the dark recesses of the ceiling.
A Beijing temple used 470 years ago by Ming Dynasty
emperors to worship their ancestors has opened to the public upon completion of a
Merrill has little time for such things these days, frantic as he is with projects--including a brief tour in support of his new album and an experimental production of the Ming Dynasty
opera Peach Blossom Fan.
While understandably a source of cultural delight, the attempts to attract Asian fans through stereotypes and decontextualized cultural festivals reflect the NBA's economic and cultural hopes for the "Ming Dynasty
." Asian identity and cultural values now have a place at the NBA table and within the global marketplace, but the visibility of Asianness comes through a homogenized and flat presentation of cultural identity, nor unlike the representation of black NBA stars.
Spanish drama and its problems are discussed by Richard Pym, author, most recently, of "Telling Histories: Trends in Historical Criticism and Some Notes on El alcalde de Zalamea" in Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies, while Ming drama is discussed by Grant Shen, whose most recent work in this field is "Acting in the Private Theatre of the Ming Dynasty
," Asian Theatre Journal 19 (2002): 64-86.
For example, one yellow box explains what was happening in art during China's Ming Dynasty
at the time of Europe's Counter-Reformation.
He asserts that the Tao Learning philosophy may have influenced the civil examinations during the Sung dynasty, but did not become orthodoxy until the early Ming dynasty
. The Tao Learning curriculum tested in the civil examinations created an empire-wide culturally defined status group of degree-holders and scholar elites, who shared a common classical language and memorization of a mutual canon of classics.
Wind in the Mountains: Chinese Ming Dynasty
Painting and Calligraphy, Philadelphia Museum of Art, through May 31.