The China Society of Southern California

Fostering friendship, understanding and appreciation

between China and America since 1935


Past Programs

Feb 3, 2020
The Art of Qiu Ying
By Stephen Little, Ph.D.
Since Stephen Little has come to LACMA in 2003, LACMA has become the American museum to feature Chinese painting.  We probably have had more important Chinese painting exhibitions under Stephen’s leadership than in the ten years prior to his arrival.  Stephen spoke on the painter Qiu Ying.  The exhibit has the intriguing title Where the Truth Lies-The Art of Qiu Ying
Jan. 6, 2020
Understanding Chinese Art
By Nan Rae
Artist Nan Rae talked about her journey discovering the ‘Gentlemen Scholars’ or ‘Literati’ of ancient China and their connection to the Abstract Expressionists of the West. 
Dec. 2, 2019
Three Coins, a book talk by
Russel Low, M.D.
Russell Low is an author with a passion for discovery and storytelling. Discovering the 1903 Hong Family Photographs in the belongings of 100-year-old great Uncle Kim sparked a decades long search for the stories behind the photographs. These are the stories presented in Three Coins
Nov. 4, 2019
Li Textiles of China by  Yan Zhang
Li Textiles are an ancient and rare art form.  Known as China’s earliest textile, this form of weaving originated on China’s Hainan Island.  It has been a living tradition for 3,000 years.  
Oct. 7, 2019
The Allure of Matter: Material Art fromChina. 
By Suzie Ferrell, Curatorial Assistant
This exhibition brings together works from the past four decades in which conscious material choice has become a symbol of the artists’ expression. Works by twenty one Chinese contemporary artists today are featured, including Xu Bing, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, and Ai Weiwei. 
June 11, 2019
The Island of Sea Women
by Lisa See
May 6, 2019
Yongle Dadian: An Emperor's Encyclopedia
by Li Wei Yang.
February 28 and March 2, 2019
Field trip to the Marciano Art Foundation
Exhibition included Ai Weiwei's sculptures
February 11, 2019
Finding Cleveland
By Baldwin Chiu and Larrisa Lam
December 3, 2018
Festivals, Fairs, Rituals: Textiles, Costumes and Carpets of the Eastern Gransslands of Tibet
By Cheri Hunter

November 5, 2018
Early Photographs of China, Street Scenes of Peking, c.1900
By Dennis Crow

October 9, 2018

Rebecca Hall, Assistant Curator at USC Pacific Asia Museum, gave a very interesting talk on the Museum’s current textile exhibit, Ceremonies and Celebrations.  Many thanks to all of our members and friends who brought textiles to show and share.  Some of the things we had never seen before and the stories behind family heirlooms and collections just added so much more.

June 4, 2018
Pierre Odier was the speaker. His program focused on the people of northwest India, Pakistan and China border area.
May 7, 2018
Assembled Like Clouds: Art in Chinese Buddhist Ritual 
Dr. Phillip Bloom, Curator of Huntington Library's Chinese Garden Liu Fang Yuan and Director of East Asian Garden Studies Center.

October 4, 2017
Author Charlotte Harris Rees gave a talk on her family's three generations of missionaries in China. 

June 5, 2017

Father of Chinese Art Deco Architecture
By Jennifer Wong

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
By Lisa See
The acclaimed author Lisa See talked about her research and reason for writing The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.
TyrusWong Film Screening
Documentary film on Disney Legent Tyrus Wong was held with co-sponsor the Chinese Historical Society at the Catelar Elementary School auditorium.

November 7, 2016

Gardens, Art, and Commerce in Chinese Woodblock Prints

June Li, curator emerita, Garden of Flowing Fragrance of Huntington Library, will speak on Chinese woodblock prints and the world class exhibit of woodblock prints currently on exhibit at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.

October 20, 2016
Docent guided tour of the Nixon Presidential Library. There was an extensive exhibition on the 1972 visit by President Nixon. It was known as the week that changed the world.
October 3, 2016

Alternative Dreams, 17th Century Chinese Painting from the Tsao Family Collection
by Stephen Little, Head and Curator of Chinese and Korean Art Department
Los Angeles County Museum of Art