Xian Zhang’s Wikipedia page indicates that she started studying classical music with her mother, learning on a piano her father hand-built.
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Yue Bao: Classical music from Shanghai to Seattle
We hear a fair amount about obligatory music lessons for kids, and a fair amount about parents trying to stimulate, or unlock, the intelligence of their young offspring.
“Tacoma Method”: An opera for the past, present, and future
“Tacoma Method” refers to the forceful expulsion of Tacoma’s entire Chinese population, stemming from an anti-Chinese riot that started in the city on Nov. 3, 1885.
“Asian American Eyz’d”: Furious, funny, and heartfelt
Bombing—in plain English, a comedian stuck with an audience which isn’t laughing—happens to every comic sooner or later.
Seattle Asian American Film Festival: Back for more and back in the flesh
The annual Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) returns this year, and returns to the big screen, for the first time since early 2020 before the statewide shutdown.
Joseph To: Hong Kong choral director comes halfway around the world
Joseph To came all the way from Hong Kong to study and work in the Seattle area.
“Resisters: From trauma and terror to the triumph of truth”
The “Resisters” exhibit, at Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum, starts out with calamity and shock. That’s deliberate.
Saiyare Refaei: Part Iranian, part Chinese, all community
Saiyare Refaei, the half-Iranian, half-Chinese artist who was honored with an installation at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on Jan. 24, settled in Tacoma while attending college and has lived there since.
Kodō: Taiko drumming for sound, energy, and soul
The groundbreaking, long-running Kodō ensemble, one of Japan’s finest taiko drumming groups, brings its 40th anniversary show to Seattle later this month.
Julie Kim brings the funny stuff from way up north
Julie Kim grew up in Toronto, and learned culture from a Korean-Canadian point of view.
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