Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Trimble China Scholars Learn About Chinese Opera

During the upcoming Fall Break a select group of Sacred Hearts Academy Trimble China Scholars will be participating in a cultural exchange trip to Fujian, China, where they will partner with girls at Fujian Hwa Nan Women's College
Fujian Hwa Nan Women's College & Fuqing Middle School professors Nell Wu and Linda Chen traveled to Hawaii to orient Academy students ahead of the exchange to provide an orientation to the girls on various topics of Chinese culture including the Chinese Opera.
“Masks have been used in Chinese opera for a thousand years. The colors on the masks stirs up specific emotions that allows the audience to feel and understand the story being told. 
For example, red symbolizes intelligence, heroism and integrity; purple conveys nobleness and justice; black represents neutralness and altruism; and yellow portrays treachery and ferociousness. 
In a Peking opera, even you don’t understand it, let the color be your translator.”
-Professor Linda Chen, Fuqing Middle School

Following the presentation the Trimble China Scholars picked their own colors and painted their own masks to represent what they feel.
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