Bestselling author Amy Tan will discuss her newest novel, The Valley of Amazement, a sweeping epic spanning from San Francisco to Shanghai in the years 1890-1940. It transports readers from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty to the beginning of the Republic and recaptures the lost world of old Shanghai through the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreigners living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II. It also tells the tale of a painting that is passed down through generations of women in the same family. Despite vast differences in their upbringing, culture, and circumstances, each of the women is drawn to discover the meaning of the painting and the unknown histories of their mothers. Imbued with Tan’s characteristic insight and humor, The Valley of Amazement conjures a story of inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and obstinacy of love.
“Fiction and museums both provoke memories, taking people back in time. . . . That’s also what I want to do with my stories.”
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Say goodbye to the Year of the Snake and celebrate the Year of the Horse at the Crow Collection’s signature Chinese New Year festival. With a crowd expected to surpass last year’s record-breaking 10,000 guests, this horse-themed extravaganza expands the festival’s footprint across Flora with an elevated stage area featuring must-see performances every half hour, expanded food and beverage offerings including food trucks down Harwood Street, and over a dozen specialty booths featuring art activities, delightful surprises such as a fortune-telling Truth Booth, and live miniature horses.
Plus, for the first time, an exclusive indoor VIP hospitality lounge will be accessible for Friends of the Crow Collection. If you are already a member, you may RSVP below or at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure easy access for the dragon dance, fireworks, and more. Not yet a member? Click here for more information or to join now!
On Our Main Stage:
10:30–11 am | JK Wong Academy: Four-Lion Dance -The four-member Lion and Dragon Dances demonstrated here are meant to bring good luck and fortune for the new year with their stylistic movements and rich symbolism, and this exciting performance is sure to bring joy to all.
11:15–11:45 am | Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra – From traditional Western classical music to the music of Eastern Asia, The DAAYO creates a special blend of musical styles. They will present Philip Glass String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima” movements: V. Blood Oath and VI. Closing, led by James Song.
11:50 am–12:15 pm | Jiaping Shi Dance School – Incorporating classical Chinese music as well as exquisite costumes and clothing, the Jiaping Shi Dance School beautifully depicts the grace and charm of traditional Chinese dance.
12:15–12:30 pm | Cowboy and Cowgirl Costume Contest – Show off your best cowgirl and cowboy costume. A prize will be awarded to the “best dressed” cowboy and cowgirl.
12:30–1 pm | Jasmines Chinese Dance Troupe – Founded January 2008 in Plano, this group of experienced dancers specializes in Chinese classical and folk dance, as well as traditional Chinese fashion shows.
1–1:30 pm | Intermission – Executive Director of the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Amy Hofland, will welcome Girl Scout Troop 3352, made up entirely of girls adopted from China who live across the DFW Metroplex.
1:45–2:45 pm | Betty Soo – From soulful and reflective to humorous and witty, Betty Soo’s songs engage with and navigate the various dimensions of our human condition from a unique and personal point of view.
3–3:30 pm | Orizon – With their motto of “Many Cultures, One Style.” Orizon stays true to their words in an eclectic range of dance and music that clearly reflects the multifaceted natures and diverse influences their members bring.
3:30–3:45 pm | Cowboy and Cowgirl Costume Contest – Show off your best cowgirl and cowboy costume. A prize will be awarded to the “best dressed” cowboy and cowgirl.
4–5 pm | Rodney Parker and 50 Peso Reward – Labeled rock by some and alternative-country by others, they are a distinctive blend of the two with a particularly Texan accent. It is precisely this amalgam of sounds and styles that gives the group such broad appeal to so many.
5:15–6:15 pm | JK Wong Academy: Nine-Lion Dance and Kung Fu Show – An amazing Kung Fu performance followed by a nine-person Lion Dance.
6:15 pm | Fireworks by Star S Productions SFX – FINALE: Fireworks and a lighted horse syncopated with music: Symphony 1997 – Jubilation by Tan Dun.
Join Dr. George Saliba, professor of Arabic and Islamic science at Columbia University, for a talk focused on the ritual of Islamic prayers (which believers have to perform five times a day) and the fact that those prayers are all defined by the interplay between light and shadows. From the dawn prayer, before sunrise, to the dusk prayer, before the stars become visible, as well as the noon and afternoon prayers, which are defined by the length of shadows on the ground, light and shadows play a crucial role in determining the times of these prayers.
After 3:00 p.m. the day of the event, tickets will no longer be available online, but can be purchased at the Visitor Services Desks at the Dallas Museum of Art.
6:30 p.m. | Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
7 p.m. | Lecture
Join us for a special lecture on cultivating mindfulness in your child. Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child, will discuss the transformative power of mindful awareness.
In her lecture, she shares specific techniques and activities that help kids, parents, and professionals become more mindful and develop confidence, concentration, and the ability to regulate emotions. Greenland is the co-founder of the Inner Kids Foundation, which brought mindful awareness to under-served schools and neighborhoods in Los Angeles from 2000 until 2009.
Presented by the Crow Collection of Asian Art and Momentous Institute.
Thanks to our Host Committee for helping us spread the word:
Grady Calloway, DPT
Jennifer Cather, MD
Margaret Christensen, MD
Sarah Cotton Nelson
Sandy Gluckman, PhD
Irene Kusin, MPH, RDN
Carolyn Matthews, MD
Cinda McDonald, MEd, CCLS
Wendy Palmer, LCSW
Diane Snow, PhD, RN
Sunita Stewart, PhD
Louisa Lim, Beijing Correspondent for National Public Radio, appears in partnership with the World Affairs Council of DFW.
Years before basketball diplomat and former Dallas resident Dennis Rodman went to North Korea, NPR foreign correspondent Louisa Lim was already there and giving listeners a look at life inside “one of the least-visited countries on earth.”
That was a severely state-controlled visit in 2009. Now the veteran broadcaster is focused on secrets kept by one of the world’s more increasingly open nations, China. Based in Beijing, she has reported on current events throughout the region and also won praise for her stories on the rebirth of popular religion, stifled during Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution.
In her latest undertaking, Lim examined a significant event — only a quarter of a century ago — in Chinese history and the result is her latest book, The People’s Republic of Amnesia: Tiananmen Revisited. Details of that June 4, 1989, event, when unarmed protesters were overwhelmed by the People’s Army in Tiananmen Square, have long been buried by official China. But author Lim reveals the personal nature of the legacy of Tiananmen by telling the stories of eight people whose lives were reshaped by the protests and the response.
Lim, whose career in journalism includes opening NPR’s Shanghai bureau in 2006, was part of NPR teams that won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, a Peabody Award and two Edward R. Murrow awards for coverage of 2008 events, the Sichuan earthquake and Beijing Olympics. She has also received a Hong Kong Human Rights Press Award.