Art Institute to present “Chinese Art, Culture and Living Heritage”

MANISTEE — The Manistee Art Institute will present “Chinese Art, Culture and Living Heritage” at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Manistee County Library, located at 95 Maple St. in Manistee.

Chaio St. Charles will take guests on a tour to explore the ancient art and culture, to make sense of China.

China’s heritage and traditions make up one of the world’s oldest continuous cultures and fastest growing power in the modern world.

Guests will learn to read Chinese characters in an easy way, and say a few sing-song flows of the Chinese language. Once comfortable, they will take a virtual journey through several temples and see how they are a celebration of art, history and education.

The event will help guests understand the important role that food and the tea ceremony plays in Chinese culture and will conclude with a discussion of how Tao is a philosophy, and Confucian value in the society is a thread that makes China a rising power.

Chaio grew up in Chia-Yi, a small village in southwest Taiwan where many traditional Chinese temples and culture still remain. Chaio graduated from International Business Manigement and traveled around the world for over 25 years.

In 2001 Chaio came to work in Michigan, where she married in 2008. She has been teaching the traditional Chinese arts and culture, philosophy and language at local libraries, 4-H clubs, schools and workshops (such as a Road Scholar Program, summer camp). She benefits from these practices and hopes to share them with other people in communities.

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