100th Anniversary of the National Museum of Asian Art Begins November

The National Museum of Asian Art announced on October 6, the plans for its 100th anniversary. Beginning in November and continuing through 2023, the museum will celebrate its centennial with a year-long series of events and programs that deepen the understanding of Asian arts, and cultures to expand its new audiences.

A Two-week festival, May 1, 2023-May 13, 2023 will celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month- the museum’s first large-scale festival in recognition of this heritage month, and a cornerstone of the centennial celebrations. For the past 100 years, the national museum has built one of the world’s most important museums of Asian arts and its history.

According to the National Museum of Asian Art, the museum’s rich holdings bring the arts of Asia into direct dialogue with an important collection of 19th-and early 20th-century American works, providing an essential platform for creative collaboration and cultural exchange between the United States, Asia, and the Middle East. New acquisitions are continually added to the collections, and the museum now showcases the richness of pre-modern Asian arts and evolving visual cultures of Asia in the 20th and 21st centuries.

“The museum’s centennial will serve not only as a milestone for the institution and the Smithsonian but as a catalyst for the century ahead,” said Chase F. Robinson, Dame Jillian Sackler Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of the Art, the National Museum of Asian Art. “Our vision is to transform the National Museum of Asian Art into a space where a wide range of visitors can come together to celebrate, learn about, and interact with Asian art and cultures, including their intersection with America. In our second century, we’re becoming a space to convene, learn, reflect and forge connections through art.

More plans and programs for the public, from May 1,2023-May 13, 2023, the museum and its surroundings on the National Mall will celebrate Asian arts and cultures with keynote speakers, headline performers, interactive experiences, culinary adventures, and community projects.

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37 Preschoolers Killed from a Daycare Rampage in Thailand

An armed former police officer broke into a daycare center in northeastern Thailand on Thursday. He killed dozens of children and teachers. He fired at random people and escaped the scene. It is the deadliest rampage in the nation’s history. Police identified the suspect as 34 years old former police officer Panya Kamrap. He took his life after he killed his wife and child at home.

Police Major General Paisal Luesomboon told PPTV in an interview that he was fired from the force earlier this year because of drug-related offenses. During the attack, he used multiple weapons, a handgun, a shotgun, and a knife, Paisal added.

Most of the victims are 22 preschoolers, 2 adults, and teachers at the daycare. Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha addresses “This shouldn’t happen,… I feel deep sadness toward the victims and their relatives,”

Police didn’t give a full breakdown of the death toll in the early stage. The motive of the crime and more details are under investigation. Drug-related crimes have been steadily climbing in most Asia countries except gun-controlled countries, South Korea, Singapore, and Japan.

Using data from several different sources, at the end of 2017, there were approximately 857 million civilian-held firearms in the world’s 230 countries and territories. Civilian firearms registration data was available for 133 countries and territories. Survey results were used to help establish total gun civilian holdings in 56 countries. The new figure is 32 percent higher than the previous estimate from 2006 when the Small Arms Survey estimated there were approximately 650 million civilian-held firearms. According to the Gunpolicy.org

After the pandemic, Firearms used extremely increased globally. In the U.S., 5 million people got guns as their first weapon during the pandemic according to USNews.com.

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Mary Peltola Seeks U.S. Congressional seat as First Native Woman in Incumbent Position

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Mary Peltola (D-AK) won the special election to fill in U.S. Congressional seat last August. Now she is seeking the seat in November for a full term. She will be the first Alaskan Native to serve, as a representative for Democrats in the House since 1972.

Peltola is a member of the Yup’ik tribe and she has worked in salmon fishing as a career. The Yup’ik tribe is very well known on the western coast of Alaska with the highest population in the U.S. She started her politics at the early age of 26 as Alaska State House Representative. Peltola introduced herself as “adamantly Pro-Jobs, Pro-Fish, Pro-Family, and Pro-Choice.

She advanced to the general election in first place, receiving 36.8% of the votes in the primary. Peltola is a tribal member of the Orutsararmiut Native Council. She is on the committee of Education, Labor, and Natural Resouces.

Peltola has continued to express the fishing industry’s strong ecological concerns. She advocated for regulation processes to include tribes and traditional knowledge in federal fishery management decisions.

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North Korea fires intermediate-range Ballistic Missile Over Japan

North Korea tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. According to NPR, The Japanese prime minister’s office stated that at least 4,000 kilometers ranged missile was fired from North Korea over Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean. Japanese PM Fumio Kishida expressed his anger toward North Korea to condemn the reckless act, and he will convene the National Security Council to discuss the situation.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said there has been no immediate damage after the missile landed in the waters outside of the exclusive economic zone. This test would be the response to the bilateral military drills between South Korea and the United States and its allies, especially Japan’s evolving on this drill last week.

North Korea has tested 40 different missiles in the 20 different launch events in 2022 and Kim Jung Un has expressed to expand his nuclear arsenal and refuses against the United State’s nuclear diplomacy. South Korean president Yoon said he called a National Security Council meeting to discuss this issue.

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Mid-Autumn Festival Concert at Tyson’s Corner Delights Many


Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, and Filipino folks gathered at the heart of Northern Virginia for an evening of vivacious celebration. They brought their traditional ceremonies comprised of songs and dances to show gratitude to their gods, families, and ancestors.

More than five hundred people came to enjoy this moment in the late summer night also known as the harvest festival in many Asian cultures.

Many bravos and applause were given to the performers on stage and to their origins. Chinese Culture Institute and Asian Chamber of Commerce hosted this tremendous collection of performances, providing the tense Asian American communities much-needed respite after the events of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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Suspect of the Two Abandoned Children in NZ arrested in S.Korea

A New Zealand citizen bought a storage unit that included a suitcase. A resident found two dead children in the suitcase. The two bodies were that of 5-year-old and 10-year-old children. According to the New Zealand Authorities, a suspect in this incident was a Korean-born woman who left for South Korea in 2018. New Zealand law enforcement, Interpol, and South Korean authorities made an effort to solve this incident.

Korean authorities have since arrested the 42 years old woman suspect and are waiting to complete the extradition process to New Zealand. The unidentified woman covered her face with her hooded coat, and she was escorted to the local Ulsan police station.

New Zealand authorities must submit the formal request for her extradition to the South Korean Justice Ministry within 45 days. New Zealand authorities said the South Korean warrant was in connection with two murder charges. South Korean authorities will keep the woman in jail until she is extradited.

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A Cup of Poem – 거울/ 김호천

거울

김호천

거울 앞에 서면

호기심 어린 내가 있습니다.

얼굴이 갸름한

내가 고개를 오른쪽으로 돌리면,

그는 고개를 왼쪽으로 돌립니다.

거부의 몸짓에 바위가 뒤틀립니다.

그가 오른쪽으로 돌리면,

나는 어느새 왼쪽을 보고 있습니다.

그가 눈을 흘기며 얼굴을 붉힙니다.

내가 고개를 숙이면,

그때야 그도 나를 따라 고개를 끄덕입니다.

부드러운 눈빛으로.

내가 머리를 들어 하늘을 우러르면,

그도 이젠 나를 다라 흉내를 냅니다.

거룩한 기도의 몸짓으로.

드디어 내가 의미 잇는 웃음을 던지자

그가 환한 꽃송이로 다가와

가슴에 불을 밝힙니다.

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The Moon Festival Concert is coming to DMV

The Chinese Culture Institute and Asian American Chamber of Commerce will host the mid-autumn festival concert with the Asian American Chamber of Commerce Foundation at the Capital One Hall in Tysons Corner, at 7 p.m. on September 17, 2022.

Most Asian countries celebrate their traditional harvest festival in the fall, similar to Thanksgiving day in the U.S. September 10 is Chusuk in Korea, and Mid-Autumn in China, Japan, Vietnam, and other Southeast Asia countries. The day is filled with celebration of good harvest, marked by special foods, family gatherings, music performances, and cultural games.

This Mid-Autumn Festival Concert celebrates families and togetherness, as well as the pursuit of harmony, joy, and unity as Asian-Americans. The featured performing groups include the Taiwanese Chamber Orchestra of the District of Columbia, JUB Cultural Center, Feitian College Middletown, Julia Meixuan Music Studio, and Cheng Song Drum.

Further information is available here.

If you have any questions, please contact the Chinese Culture Institute at contact@cc-i.org.

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K-Pop Group Seventeen Successfully Performs to a Full Venue in DC; Continues to Atlanta

13-Member K-Pop hit group Seventeen is currently on tour in the United States and recently performed to a full arena of fans waiving the “Carat Bong” at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D. C.

The Group’s tour is titled, “Be the Sun,” a derivative based on their newest 4th album titled “Face the Sun.”

The world tour was “hinted” by the group’s leader S. Coups (Seung-Chul Choi) during the 2022 Caratland fan meeting, which was met with ecstatic enthusiasm by its fans, “Carats” all over the world.

Seventeen first held a two-day concert in its home country of South Korea on June 25-26. Seventeen’s first location in the U.S. was in Vancouver and has performed in multiple cities across the nation, including Seattle, Fort Worth, and Chicago.

On August 28, 2022, Seventeen performed in Washington, D.C., opening with “HOT,” their title song in the “Face the Sun.”

The group performed some of their mega hits including “Rock with you,” which was awarded the Push Performance Award by the 2022 VMA awards during the Washington, D.C. concert, Very Nice, Mansae, and their first English single, “Dar+Ling.” Unfortunately, Hoshi and Joshua were confirmed positive for covid-19 and could not perform during this event.

The group is headed to Atlanta, Georgia, where their next concert will be held on August 30, 2022. Seventeen will perform in New York and Toronto afterward, before ending its US tour in Newark, New Jersey, on September 6, 2022.

Seventeen will then continue their tour in Southeast Asia.

Seventeen is a multinational group (Korean, American, and Chinese) and is comprised of 13 members in three teams: S. Coups (leader of the Hip-Hop team and the Seventeen), Jeonghan, Joshua, Jun, Hoshi (leader of the Performance team), Wonwoo, Woozi (leader of the Vocal team and producer of many of Seventeen’s hit songs), Dokyeom or DK, Mingyu, The8, Seungkwan, Vernon, and Dino.

They debuted on May 26, 2015, with the song, “Adore U,” and the EP “17 Carat” which is where the Fanclub name “Carat” originates from. Their official colors are rose quartz and serenity blue.

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More than 1,000 people killed in Afghanistan due to M 5.9 Earthquake

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An earthquake erupted at the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan killing more than 1,000 and Injuring 1,600 people on early Wednesday. This earthquake struck 28 miles southwest of the provincial capital of Khost, the USGS stated.

Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, its economic crisis and humanitarian issues became further widespread. Now another disaster comes in a form of an earthquake, hitting the area which needed help,  “Nearly all government and private hospitals are full of victims,” said Awal Khan Zadran, a doctor in the Urgun district of Paktika. some of the victims were transported to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan by helicopters and other transportations.

According to The NYT, Afghanistan was operating off of foreign funds before the US troop withdrawal. Since the Taliban takeover, foreign aids from Western donors are being much withheld, especially after the Taliban issued edicts barring girls from attending secondary schools and restricting women’s rights.

The Biden administration states that it is seeking a way to help Afghanistan from the earthquake.

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