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Officer adept at singing Kunqu Opera

March 22, 2019

 

Yu Sulu (1847-1930) was a Songjiang native whose ancestors served as military officers in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Born into a


Zhang's 40-year journey to revive a lost art

March 01, 2019

 

Even for many Chinese, rhino skin lacquer is a strange term. Unlike the name suggests, it’s a type of lacquer where the pattern is


Calculating curves puts Zhang ahead in modern design

February 01, 2019

 

Zhang Shuojiong doesn’t like to follow the rules. If it was not for the enlightenment of the imaginative projects of Iraqi-British


Master carpenter keeps old buildings alive

January 04, 2019

 

The excellent preservation of one of Shanghai’s largest groups of historical houses is credited principally to Ma Jiale, a master carpenter


Award-winning artist reveals other side of coin in design world

December 07, 2018

 

SMALL change in your pocket rarely gets a second thought, but for Zhu Xihua, coins are art. Zhu, 35, has been a coin designer for 12


With a heart, caring for the elderly

November 09, 2018

 

China, facing an aging population, needs to double the number of nursing homes beds by 2034 to 289 million, according to a latest Asian


Creating dulcet tones with skilled hands

October 12, 2018

 

THE erhu, a more than 1,000-year-old two-stringed musical instrument sometimes called the Chinese violin, charms listeners with its


Miniature worlds created by a deft master

September 07, 2018

 

Ma Boqin, 84, is a gardener who doesn’t need water. For almost a quarter-century, he has made a hobby of miniascapes, or dish gardens


A gifted creator of ceramics as modern art

August 10, 2018

 

CONCERT halls, historic buildings, Metro stations. So many sites in Shanghai bear the artistic touch of Jiang Guoxing, a pioneer in


Research adds color to Shao's life

July 13, 2018

 

Shao Min dips a piece of silk into the murky yellow mixture, swirling it as she chats to her students and the neighbors who have gathered


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