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Common Chinese Pictograms
Common Chinese Pictograms

February 17, 2019

LECTURE: The Chinese Language: Da Vinci Code

Chinese words are commonly thought of as made of pictures, or pictograms, that imitate natural objects. In fact there are several other ways the words are created or constructed. One of the most important class of words is the “ideogram” or “indicative” words, ones which encode meanings directly appealing to our intuitive senses, pretty much like the “emojis” in todays internet cul- ture. Further more, elementary symbols are combined to form new composite words. It is this multitude of sourcing and unlimited variations that give the Chinese language such versatility and richness of expressions. For example, the word Nian ( ), or thought, is composed of “today” and “heart”, indicating that an idea is “what is on your mind right now”. As a result, the Chinese words themselves are a treasure trove filled with mysterious insights.
This presentation, by Shiang Yu Lee, Ph.D., is an exploration into the mysteries of the hidden mean- ing in the Chinese language. Inspired by the novel and film, The da Vinci Code, an attempt is made to dig into the structure and compositions of several Chinese words to move beyond their obvious meanings to uncover their deeper implications.
Greenlake Public Library, 7364 E Greenlake Dr N, Seattle
February 17, 2019, 2PM-4PM. FA3 Members: $10, Non-members: $15.00 More Information and Registration

May 5, 2019

EVENT: Saki 101: A Taste of Japan

Johnnie Stroud
Sake Nomi, Pioneer Square

Saki sampling and small bites at Sake Nomi in Pioneer Square
76 S. Washington St. Pioneer Square
Sunday, May 5, 2019, 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Members: $25, Non-members: $35.00
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Spring, 2019


John Fairman
The Skagit Valley

May 19, 2019

LECTURE:The Roots of Ikat Weaving in Southeast Asia

David Paley
Skyline Center (Capital Hill), Seattle

August 4, 2019

LECTURE: Silk Road Adventure & Uzbeki Textiles

Barry Broman & David Paley
Skyline Center (Capital Hill), Seattle

October 13, 2019

EVENT: India Art Forms of Music and Dance

Yamini Gourishankar and Troupe
Crossroads Center, Bellevue
Time: TBD