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San Francisco, CA 94102
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Language and Learning with Yo Azama (2012 National Language Teacher of the Year: Japanese Education)

Yo Azama, 2012 National Language Teacher of the Year (Japanese Education) discusses language and learning during his keynote address at the Japanese Language Symposium held on February 18, 2012 at the Asian Art Museum. Presented by the Japan Society of Northern California, co-hosted by the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District and the Asian Art Museum.

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

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An Introduction to Chinese Character and Brushstrokes

All Chinese characters are made up of a number of strokes. These strokes are painted in a prescribed order, depending on the script. Generally, strokes move from top to bottom and from left to right.

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

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Masterpiece: The Buddha Triumphing over Mara

The main figure in this stone sculpture from the 900s shows many characteristic features of images of the Buddha. Here we see elements that tell us we’re in the presence of the Buddha as he was on the threshold of achieving enlightenment. Above his head are branches of heart-shaped leaves. They indicate the sacred bodhi tree, under which he is said to have attained enlightenment some 2,500 years ago.

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

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Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art

Learn more about hidden meanings in Chinese art from Asian Art Museum docent, Linda Lei. This talk was given to teachers from the Chinese American International School (CAIS) for their professional development day at the Asian Art Museum on August 23, 2011.

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