Wednesday, March 29, 2006

On-line Resource for Chinese Music Instruments

Now available to you perhaps the largest and most comprehensive reference on Chinese Music Instruments:

Mr. Hu Shizhang has compiled this wonderful reference on Chinese music instruments, covering hundreds of instruments from as early as 9,000 years ago to modern days. It illustrated vividly with artifacts, paintings, text, and other forms, that Chinese achievements in music were as at least spectacular as in any other culture and country in the world.

Read on and enjoy. Kudos to Mr. Hu for his great efforts and contributions.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

OACF Board Election in May

Dear all OACF community members,

The OACF board term expires in June 2006.

Please consider running for the board. The positions on the board are:
  • President -- Oversee the operation of the OACF board activity and set directions for the board
  • VP in Business -- In charge of OACF business operations including fund raising and outreach to other communities.
  • VP in Education -- In charge of running and support Chinese school operations.
  • Secretary -- Responsible for interaction with community members and communications
  • Treasurer -- Responsible for all financial matters for OACF
The most important qualification is your willingness to serve the community. You will have many opportunities to learn how to lead, to effectively communicate, to learn business fund raising strategies and methods, and other skills in many areas. Many past OACF board members can testify that they have benefited from their experience serving on the board, personally and professionally, and the experience of serving community is tremendously satisfying.

If you are interested in running or can recommend someone for board membership, please contact Sue Wang (
suewang456 at yahoo dot com or 786-9023) as soon as possible. The nomination deadline is May 21, 2006.

Thank you very much for considering this important opportunity.

-Hui Jin

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Ballroom Dance Lesson Offering

OACF is happy to announce that Mr. Fu Xijun is offering Ballroom Dance lessons to OACF community members.

Mr. Fu was born in Qingdao, China and began his dance training at the distinguished Beijing Dance Academy at age 12. He then joined the Central Ballet of China at age 18 and became principal dancer at age 19. Mr. Fu won third price in the Male Solo Division in the first National Ballet Competition of China and was invited to appear in the PBS special, “Dance for Two Countries”. Mr. Fu left China in 1985 to become a guest artist in a cultural Exchange program with Ballet De Santiago, Chile. In 1988 Fu was asked to join the Cincinnati Ballet. He and his wife Fang Li left China to establish residence in Ohio. In 1994, Mr. Fu became artistic director of Lexington Ballet and later, he Co-founded Kentucky Ballet Theatre where he served as an artistic director for six years. In 1996, Mr. Fu and his wife started a new adventure producing and distributing their own ballet product line-Fuzi International.

The schedule for the Ballroom dance class:

Every Saturday at 2.30 p.m., one hour class. There is a total of six lessons from March 11th (Saturday) to April 15th (Saturday) at Johansen's ballet school in downtown Olympia.

The fee for the class is $85 per couple for all six lessons.

If you have any questions please contact Mr. Fu at 786-0225.

Thank you.

Chinese calligraphy class offering

OACF is glad to offer a Chinese calligraphy class at Chinese School starting from March 5th (the trial class start at Feb 26th) from 2pm to 4pm. The class will be taught by Dr. Minghui Yang, a long time OACF member since 1988.

Dr. Yang likes calligraphy and received calligraphy training from his childhood (started at age of 10) in China for over 5 years. During Cultural Revolution (1966 - 1976), regardless no schools for over 10 years, he improved his calligraphy by writing and copying Da Zi Bao. Dr. Yang learned calligraphy from learning Ou Yang Xun's style. Later, he learned Liu Gong Quan's style. In the next few months, the class will offer following subjects:

1. The calligraphy history
2. The basic calligraphy styles
3. The tools and equipment of calligraphy and how to use them and how to take care of them
4. The basic structures of "Kai Shu" style
5. Practicing "Kai Shu" style at each class.

The fee is $90 per student for the whole term. Homework is daily practice. After class, student will show their first class calligraphy compared with the last class. Please join us to learn more Chinese culture.

If you have any questions about this class, please contact Ms. Gongrong Liu at 236-1998.