China Remixed offers courses and cultural engagement opportunities
Dear IU families,
I’m writing to extend a warm invitation for you and your student to China Remixed: A Global Arts and Humanities Festival.
This new program is designed to introduce IU Bloomington students to a different culture each spring semester, in the process fostering international study and creating professional opportunities through lectures, art, comedy, literature, music, dance, storytelling, food, and more. We selected China this year because of our campus’s significant Chinese student population and the many opportunities that are opening for our students in China.
This is not your traditional China festival. China Remixed celebrates modern Chinese culture as it is experienced across the world in different regions and countries. Students will be introduced to cutting-edge thought in politics, history, religion, philosophy, culture, and literature. They will experience multimedia artistic and theatrical displays as well as thrilling performances in music, dance, and martial arts. Our guests include Gene Yang, the award-winning comic book writer who recently introduced a Chinese superman for DC Comics, and Joe Wong, a stand-up comedian who has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Late Night with David Letterman.
There are tons of opportunities for students to get involved and network with our Chinese guests.
The IU Contemporary Dance program will perform with 22 students from the Taipei National University of the Arts, while students in the Fine Arts Program will help install an exhibit based on Chinse myths. Students from Jacobs School of Music will perform with world-renowned pipa player Wu Man. Students are also organizing a storytelling exchange, and are working with a local celebrity chef to translate their family recipes for a Chinese night market.
IU undergraduates can even enroll this semester in “C107: China Remixed,” a three-credit hour course offered through the College of Arts and Sciences March 6 through May 5 (Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.), which includes special visitors, performances, and a backstage pass into the festival.
Best of all, nearly all of the events for China Remixed are FREE. You can find the full program here. Please urge your student to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, and please feel free to write us directly with any questions about how to access and experience these amazing offerings.
Associate Vice Provost for Arts and Humanities
Director of IU Bloomington Arts and Humanities Council
Professor of English