Winter 2017 Newsletter Highlights


The Luoyang City Annual Peony Festival in central China draws over a million enthusiasts to the spectacular event.

Imagine more than a million people flying from distant regions and countries throughout Asia (often on charter flights) to admire a flower blooming in central China from mid April to mid May. That’s when the city of Luoyang in Henan Province holds its annual Peony Festival, which earns the city government about 40 percent of its annual revenue. That’s a lot of power generated by these blooms. Peonies are China’s unofficial national flower, and Luoyang is the undisputed capital with numerous public peony gardens, some boasting up to a million tree peonies and hundreds of varieties over the color spectrum. On the cultural level, the passion is on display in a massive opening parade, performing arts extravaganzas, painting and crafts, clothing and peony crowns worn by toddlers to hipsters and elders, and culinary creations in the design of peony blossoms. Plus visitors can enjoy a cup of peony blossom tea along with peony cookies.

Winter 2017 Table of Contents

FA3 CELEBRATES FIFTH YEAR!
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
FA3 CALENDAR
KABUKI: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER
THE RAMA EPIC
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
THE ISARN SOUL KITCHEN:A THAI LAO RESTAURANT IN KIRKLAND
KYOTO ARTS & ANTIQUES SPECIAL TOUR
A CALENDAR OF LOCAL EXHIBITS
A CALENDAR OF REGIONAL EXHIBITS
VENTURING LAO'S MEKONG
ON THE GRID: TEXTILES AND MINIMALISM
KOREA: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF COLLECTING @ THE MET
POWER TO THE PEONIES see above
NATIONAL EXHIBITS
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES
INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITS
YEAR OF THE ROOSTER

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