Erhu and Taichi: Culture among the culture-less

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Over the May 1st holiday we had the pleasure of witnessing the Shandong Erhu club playing in a park. The Erhu is one of China’s most ancient and traditional instruments, and is also incredibly difficult to play. These guys knew what they were doing, though, and it was a lot of fun to watch.

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One of the members also performed the ancient Chinese art of taichi as one of the men played the Erhu. It was a wonderful experience to see so much of the old China in one performance when the new China is mainly what surrounds me in my daily life. It was moving to see these older people carrying on a mostly lost culture, as they were the ones who would remember China as it used to be, and have lived through the unbelievable upheaval that has wracked China in the past 70 years.

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