The traditional Chinese scholar has been defined as a student and practitioner of Siyi, the four arts of painting, calligraphy, music and chess. Inspired by the Siyi practice, this seminar presents China in a multi-disciplinary approach combining calligraphy, photography, music and tai chi. This trip frames a cultural exploration of contemporary Chinese arts (Beijing and Shanghai) and tribal culture (Hunan), revealing the Chinese commitment to cultural connection spanning more than 5,000 years.
Location: Beijing, Fenghuang and Shanghai, China
Dates: Mid-May, 2014
Prerequisite: One full-day seminar the second half of spring semester covering language, history, culture and social etiquette. Physical fitness.
Academic credit: Two semester hours; this program and accompanying course satisfy the GO requirement.
Majors of interest: Open to all majors but of particular interest to music, visual arts and Asian studies students.
Application: Online application available on mySU.
Cost: $5,200; includes all flights, accommodations, activities, instruction and some meals.
Financial aid: Need-based financial aid may be available for students satisfying the GO requirement.
Program Directors: Joshua Davis, D.M.A., assistant professor of music, and Shing Davis.