2017年4月25日星期二

洋人看京戏及其他001

洋人看京戏及其他


http://www.saohua.com/shuku/zhangailingquanji/001-37.htm

Peking Opera and other tales through the eyes of clueless onlookers
written by Eileen Chang, originally published in 1943

If we examine affairs of all things Chinese as if we were foreigners watching Peking Opera, it could be fun and meaningful again.  With bamboo cloth line and baby diapers hanging over viewers' heads; Glasses over the counter top filled with "longevity spirit from Ginshen";  Radio playing famed Mei Lanfang operatic voices over the wavelength from one corner; and from another, advertisement of miracle ointment to cure and sooth contagious scabies or itching ... that's all what it means to be living in Chinese atmosphere, their multiplicity, poignancy, mysterious or too funny for words.

Many young generation worldly men loved China but had no idea what attracted them to its culture.  Unconditional love is quite admirable -- the only danger is that sooner or later,  when reality bites, they are unprepared for its deadly touch, inhaling into their chests its full blown coldness and their hearts gradually turned into icicles. We are unfortunately to live among local Chinese populace, unlike other expatriates, safely worshiped their motherland afar with awe and affectionate undying love. So come and take a much closer look!  Re-examine Chinese life through clueless foreigner's glasses while they listen to our Peking opera, with big surprises and intrigues, we might gain loving insights that otherwise we don't know it is always there.

Whenever I had a conversation longer than three sentences, I couldn't continue without mentioning Peking opera. And why is that, you may wonder. That's because I don't make a living to sing Peking opera yet I am full of curiosity towards it. As far as living a life, who wouldn't admit that they only have half of the clues? I am particularly fond of using Peking opera to set a proper attitude towards life as how Chinese live in it.

Those fair ladies from Peking opera troops who've played big roles on stage, when they learned that you like watching Peking opera, they would smile and say: " You know Peking opera, that is a sophisticated showbiz all in itself. Directing each stage and scene setting with proper costumes, that involves much subtleties and minute details, you could probably spend your whole life to understand what it might entail. "  Of course, I wouldn't have any clue if they were put on wrong costumes for a historical period of time; and if their tunes were a bit off the scores, I wouldn't notice anything either. I only love to sit in front rows, totally immerse myself into actors' actions on stages;  let myself being blown away by those colorful blue and golden painted face under bulky armories, long capes flowing up and showing its red inlines,  jade green trousers flipping out purple underlines.

Opinions by outside observers are sometime invaluable, or else whenever American journalists interview some big shots,  why they always like to pick topics that is totally unrelated to their professed expertise? For example, when they interview a female murder suspect, they want to know if she was optimistic on how our world might end; interviewing a boxing champion, they ask him if he approves adaptation of Shakespearian play into modern fashion show. Of course, they need to attract viewers, to make them laugh and feel good about themselves, thinking: "I know even more than these social celebrities.  Famed people can be dumber than me!"  On the other hand, outsiders might have a fresher and simpler outlook, that is worth uncovering.

In order not to take myself too serious, let's talk about 话剧里的平剧罢。《秋海棠》一剧风魔了全上海,不能不归功于故事里京戏气氛的浓。紧跟着《秋海棠》空前的成功,同时有五六出话剧以平剧的穿插为号召。中国的写实派新戏剧自从它的产生到如今,始终是站在平剧的对面的,可是第一出深入民间的话剧之所以得人心,却是借重了平剧——这现象委实使人吃惊。


2017年3月22日星期三

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2017年3月14日星期二

Fwd: For Chronicle milestone announcement


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Susan Laird <susan.ye.laird@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 10:12 AM
Subject: For Chronicle milestone announcement
To: Robin Prestage <robinprestage@verizon.net>, "Rev. Paul Briggs" <paul.briggs@standrews-yardley.org>


Dear Robin,

Eric and I are most pleased to share this letter from United States Achievement Academy to Parents of Gregoriy Kashpureff.

A letter to parents of Greg Kashpureff from United States Achievement Academy. "... is pleased to announce that Greg has been honored nationally by Lou Thomas, a respected teacher at Ewing Senior High School." ..."Only a select number of students across America receive this nomination. Acceptance of this award not only qualifies Greg to be featured in USAA's nationally published yearbook, but provides the exclusive right to apply for scholarships. In addition, Greg will be invited to participate in writing contests that can result in the publication of new young authors." ... I congratulate your family on the hard work and perseverance that led to this nomination as a USAA World Language Award winner. - Jeff Fraley Executive Director.

Also I must mention that James was a star student in his K-class. That status made James VERY happy for more than 5 days now! Upon hearing this news, he promptly remarked of his own stardom!


And, today is Pi day, Birthday of Einstein. What a nice day!


Thank you for your attention, gentlemen.


Susan


2017年2月27日星期一

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📰哈群新闻编辑部📖
2017年2月27日,星期一,祝大家愉快! (本日主编 Judy)
 
1.  上周末是哈佛本科2018 届家长日。家长们聚会校园,听讲座看比赛参观博物馆,和子女共进午餐其乐融融。超过百位华人家长出席活动。(哈群编辑部)
2.  一印度工程师在美遭枪击身亡,另有两名受伤。开枪者系美国退伍老兵,在射击前曾大喊"滚出我们的国家"。(FOX)
3.  新奥尔良狂欢节游行人群遭一卡车冲撞,至少28人受伤。警方已拘留一名疑似醉酒的肇事男子。(CNN)
4.  前美国劳动部部长Tom Perez 以235:200投票结果胜出,当选美国民主党主席。(CBS)
5.  川普继续与媒体开战,CNN、纽约时报、洛杉矶时报等被拒媒体发布会。川普推文宣布将不参加今年的白宫记者协会晚宴。(综合)
6.  巴菲特有望赢得与对冲基金Protege Partners的10年100万美元的赌局。截至2015年末回报率:巴菲特66%,Protege 22%。(WSJ)
7.  谷歌团队攻破网络加密基石SHA-1算法。(WSJ)
8.  周六中国拥有全部自主知识产权的"子弹头"列车开跑京广线。(BBC)
9.  沙特超过俄罗斯再度成为中国的第一大原油供应国。(WSJ)
10. 中国力争2020年末黄金年产量550吨,以增强中国的金融和经济基础以及抵御风险的能力。(WSJ)
11. 英国的香港半年报告书指出,过去半年的连串事态发展,令港人及国际社会对一国两制的落实表示关注。中国外交部要求英国谨言慎行,停止干预香港事务。(BBC/中国日报)
12. 马来西亚卫生部长周日说,金正男遭受大剂量VX神经毒剂攻击,身体主要器官在15-20分钟内衰竭致死亡。(BBC)
13. 中国国内首条"环中国海"邮轮航线开通。(中新网)
14. 第89届奥斯卡奖揭晓:《月光男孩》获最佳影片奖。哈佛校友达米恩·查泽雷获《爱乐之城》最佳导演奖,另一位校友贾斯汀·赫维玆获最佳原创音乐和最佳原创歌曲奖。详情: http://oscar.go.com/winners
 
【特刊】"妈妈常常说'人生就如同一盒巧克力,你永远无法知道下一粒是什么味道'。"      --《阿甘正传》 (Forrest Gump) 1994年奥斯卡最佳影片
 
(欢迎转载,请保留全文 — ©️哈佛家长群) 📰 haqun Newsroom  on Monday, February 27, 2017, I wish you all happy!  (Our editor Judy) 1. Last weekend, a Harvard undergraduate 2018 parents day. Parents party campus, lecture the game visit the Museum, lunch with children happy. More than hundreds of Chinese parents attended the event.  (Group of editors) 2. An Indian engineer was shot and killed in the United States, and another two were injured. Fire Department of Veterans of the United States, prior to the shooting had shouted "get out of our country." (FOX) 3. New Orleans Mardi Gras marchers by a truck collision, at least 28 people were injured. Police have detained a suspected drunken men of the incident. (CNN) 4. the former US Labor Secretary Tom Perez won with 235:200 votes, was elected Chairman of the Democratic Party of the United States. (CBS) 5. Trump continued to battle with the media, such as CNN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times refused a press release. Trump tweets announced that it would not participate in this year's White House Correspondents ' Association dinner.  (Consolidation) 6. Buffett is expected to win with the hedge fund Protege Partners of the 10-year, $1 million gamble. By the end of 2015 return: he 66%,Protege 22%.  (WSJ) 7. Google Team Foundation SHA-1 against network data encryption algorithm.  (WSJ) 8. Saturday China has full independent intellectual property rights of "bullet" trains running the Beijing-Guangzhou line.  (BBC) 9. Saudi Arabia over Russia again to become China's largest crude oil supplier. (WSJ) 10. strive to the end of 2020, China gold output of 550 tons, to enhance China's financial and economic, as well as the ability to resist risks. (WSJ) 11. British Hong Kong six months report points out that a series of developments over the past six months, Hong Kong people and the international community expressed concern about the implementation of the one country, two systems. China's Foreign Ministry asked the British speak, stop interfering in Hong Kong's Affairs. (China daily BBC/) 12. Malaysia's Health Minister said Sunday that Kim Jong Nam suffered from large doses of VX nerve agent attack, major organ failure in 15-20 minutes of the body will die. (BBC) 13. China's first "China Sea" cruise line opened. (Talmadge) 14. The 89th annual Academy Awards: the Moonlight boy won the best film award. Harvard Alumni Damien·chazelei Philharmonic, city of of the best Director prize, another alumnus Justin d Zi won the best original music award and best original song. Details: http://Oscar.go.com/winners "Special Edition," "Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates, you never know when the next one is going to get. "--Gump (Forrest Gump) 1994 Academy Award for best picture (welcome to reprint, please retain the full text- ️ Harvard parents group)