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Make Your Own Seal Script Stamp

Make your own seal script stamp and use it to “sign” a decorated postcard.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

Video

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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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

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Excerpt from The Character of Characters, 2012, by Xu Bing

View this work in its entirety during Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy (at the Asian Art Museum from October 5, 2012–January 13, 2013). The Character of Characters, 2012, by Xu Bing (Chinese, born 1955). Five-channel video animation installation. Acquisition made possible by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, R2012.54.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

Artwork

Ewer with lid, approx. 1050-1125

Ewer with lid, approx. 1050-1125. Goryeo dynasty (918-1392). Stoneware with blue-green (celadon) glaze. The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P123+.

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

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Eight Poems on Yellow Ridge in semicursive and cursive script, Xong Tingbi (1596–1625)

Asian Art Museum Curator, Joseph Chang, reads an excerpt from Eight Poems on Yellow Ridge in semicursive and cursive script, Xong Tingbi (1596–1625). Translation: It’s been called “Lotus Terrace” now for years innumerable; And round the terrace, fields upon fields of lotus leaves are seen. The slightest breeze wafts floating fragrance from the other shore, While setting sunlight in clear waters plays with emerald green. —Lotus Blossom Terrace. This work was on view at the Asian Art Museum as part of the exhibition, Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy (from October 5, 2012–January 13, 2013).

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year

Asian Art Museum Docent, Linda Lei, gives a talk to teachers on the symbols associated with Chinese Lunar New Year at the Asian Art Museum on May 15, 2014.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond