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UK’s interest in China boosted by latest BBC TV series

China Daily USA – Samantha Vadas

“A new six-part television series celebrating stories of China’s ancient history has begun showing on the UK’s public broadcasting service, BBC Two. Written and presented by British historian, Professor Michael Wood, ‘The Story of China’ explores the development of Chinese civilization over more than four thousand years. “China is the country we all want to know about today, and if you want to understand China you have to know about its history,” Wood told China Daily. “People have such set ideas about China, all you see on the news is high rise, mass industry, Gucci and Armani and yet what you don’t realize is the amazing vitality, energy and diversity of the culture, and our job is to try and unfold that.”…’The Story of China’ series debuted just six months after a ground-breaking three-part documentary on Chinese education which sparked a heated debate in China and the UK…It also created a three-week long social media frenzy about varying education systems in both Britain and China.”(more)

STEM Wars: Can the Force Awaken Change for More Women in Science?

The Huffington Post – Helen Drinan

“It took less than a month for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to smash through the record books. The latest edition of the beloved epic series surpassed the $1.56 billion earnings mark and became the top-grossing film in North America. With all eyes on when (not if) the film will take over the No. 1 spot in global earnings, it’s the pioneering content of this latest edition of the decades-old saga that intrigues me most…In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Princess Leia (played by Carrie Fisher) is a respected general in the Resistance, and the new star of the franchise, Rey (played by Daisy Ridley), is a scrappy, resourceful, young woman warrior. What’s crucial about this blockbuster…is the power it holds to influence a whole new generation of pop culture consumers on gender representations. This film gives women — and men — an opportunity to see women as adventurers and leaders in the infinite world of science fiction.”(more)

Festival to bring Chinese culture to Northwest

China Daily USA – Lia Zhu

“A Chinese arts festival will be held in Northern California and Seattle from Sept 12 to Oct 25 to promote China’s contemporary art in the United States and cultural exchanges between the two countries. The Second Across the Pacific – China Arts Festival, organized by China International Culture Association in partnership with cultural societies in China and the US, will bring Chinese performing arts, including dancing, kung fu and crosstalk, as well as fine art exhibitions and Chinese movies, to US audiences. “In this increasingly globalized world, China and the US have never been as close to each other as they are today, which naturally calls for mutual understanding,” Luo Linquan, Chinese consul general in San Francisco, told a press conference on Thursday at the consulate general in San Francisco. “Cultural exchanges and cooperation between China and the US can serve as a bridge between the two peoples to promote better understanding and friendship,” he said.”(more)

Four Lessons from “Inside Out” to Discuss With Kids

The Huffington Post – Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

“Since its release last month, Inside Out has been applauded by critics, adored by audiences, and has become the likely front-runner for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. But perhaps its greatest achievement has been this: It has moved viewers young and old to take a look inside their own minds…much of the film takes place in the head of an eleven-year-old girl named Riley, with five emotions–Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust–embodied by characters who help Riley navigate her world… for parents and teachers who want to discuss Inside Out with children, here we have distilled four of its main insights into our emotional lives, along with some of the research that backs them up.”(more)

White House Film Festival Emphasizes K-12 Arts Education

Daily Gazette – Grant Torre

“On Friday, the White House invited The Daily Gazette to cover the 2nd Annual White House Film Festival hosted by President Obama, the American Film Institute, and Participant Media…Under the theme “The Impact of Giving Back,” K-12 students across the country and even as far as Azerbaijan submitted over 1,500 films, of which fifteen official selections were chosen…The event acted in part as a platform to announce a new joint effort by the Obama Administration, the American Film Institute, and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) to provide over one million hours of mentorship to American students over the next three years and help inspire and mentor young artists around the country. This effort contributes to the administration’s new three-year Call to Arts Initiative as part of the Corporation for National and Community Service.”(more)