Rethinking the Hanfu Movement, Dec. 2008: Relocated

Rethinking a year or two ago...

Hello all;

For the December article on “Rethinking the Hanfu Movement”, I am first writing a summary of the Hanfu Movement in overall performance and an objective analysis of it maturing as a material culture. Please click on the “Hanfu” page to see the new version.

If you see that certain parts are still undergoing process of being written, please bear with me, and check back at a later date.

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Links Reorganization, Dec.08 Gathering

Hello everyone;

I have reorganized the links on this site to more specific categories, as well added several interesting blogs for all to reference.

The Next Gathering: Please RSVP by email (utccas at gmail dot com) for the next gathering + hot pot dinner.

The location is emailed only to those on the TorGuqin list and all who reserve.

Time: 2PM to 8PM (Dinner starting at 6PM)
Location: (Undisclosed), North York, ON
Cost: Bring a food item suitable for a hot pot dinner, serving 5~7.

TorGuqin Gathering, Nov.9, 2008 Review

Thank you to all who have attended our gathering today, it was a great turnout of over 10 people! (Some people had to leave early and weren’t in this group photo, but don’t worry – we’ve got you other pictures!) Let’s review some of the happenings today.

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Rethinking the Hanfu Movement, Nov. 08 (Pt.2 Organization & Politics)

First, my apologies for the late coming of this article, in light of rushed midterms and reorganization of information from a bad case of writer’s block/laziness.

In this post, I will attempt to explain in more detail over previous comments and questions made in this blog over the organization of the Restoration Movement. Since there were questions posed in previous comments, I will answer them in Q&A format first.

I will admit that as a lutenist (guqinist, if I may) I am definitely no professional critic of national policies or commentator of world politics. However, over the entire month (4 weeks) of preparing this article and its various revisions I am hopeful that other ethnic Chinese and fellow members of our global village understand that the baseline of understanding an ethnicity is its unseparable and untarnishable heritage, cultural or genetic.

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Standards of the Guqin: A TorGuqin project

University of Toronto Guqin Association (UTQA) - The first name of TorGuqin, est.2005.

University of Toronto Guqin Association (UTQA) - The first name of TorGuqin, est.2005.

Back in the autumn of 2005 to 2006, new guqin associations sprang up in North America and Europe like new bamboo shoots after a spring rain. At the same time, Internet activity for all kinds of Chinese art were boiling with activity in China, but since they were all in Chinese, many interested in the culture were left out in this new wave of movements with outdated Sinological sources in English.

Such is still the case today for the guqin, even though John Thompson and Jim Binkley have made most of their painstaking translation and research open for the public to refer to. My student Alex has noted on several occasions people are asking him where and how to learn guqin, or to find sources on the subject. While pointing to the two scholars aforementioned, there is still something missing from it all, and it’s still not open-sourced.

I am a supporter of the Creative Commons license, and the English guqin textbook project I named “Standards of the Guqin” began in 2006, with the intention of providing an open-sourced resource to ensure that in our age of digital information, all who wish to obtain this knowledge, can.

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