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200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Video

Afghanistan!

The Bay Area’s own Ballet Afsaneh, a dynamic ensemble whose repertory focuses on Silk Road regions in Central Asia, will perform colorful, kinetic traditional dance.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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At the Table: The Chairman

The duo running the popular food truck The Chairman share their recipe for their pork belly bao. Watch and learn the secret behind the array of flavors.

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12), College and Beyond

Artwork

Zhoong Kui (the demon queller) on a donkey, 1941

Zhoong Kui (the demon queller) on a donkey, 1941, Pu Ru (1896-1963). China. Hanging scroll; ink and colors on paper. Acquisition made possible by John W. and Christine C. Barr, B82D2.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Religious Practices of the Samurai

An overview of the religious practices of the samurai.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Bodh Gaya: Center of the Buddhist World

Learn about Bodh Gaya, one of several sights in India associated with the birth of Buddhism.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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An Introduction to the Geography of Southeast Asia

Only in the past sixty years has “Southeast Asia” been used to refer to the region comprising modern-day Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Philippines. Learn more.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

Activity

Zoomorphic Calligraphy and Virtuous Qualities

Turkish calligraphers were skillful at transforming words and phrases into the shapes of animals. This was done by elongating, wrapping, and rotating letters to create the contour (outline) as well as details of the animal. Favorite animal shapes include the lion, peacock, and stork. Students will write a descriptive sentence about an animal that they believe has virtuous qualities. They will create a zoomorphic pen and ink drawing composed of this sentence.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)