CKYC Master’s Tea with Prof. Grace Wang: Asian Americans and Musical Belonging / 蔡繼有書院院長茶聚:與王琳瑛教授探討“亞裔美國人與音樂”

CKYC Master’s Tea with Prof, Wang was held successfully on 6th April. Asian Americans and Musical Belonging was the topic of the first Master’s Tea in April. Dr. Grace Wang, Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of California, Davis, was the speaker.

How does one break into the American musical scene as Asian American? In pop music, it is difficult outside the Asian community. L.A. Boyz, for example, got their major break in 1992 not in California, where their members first formed their group, but in Taiwan, and is often described (in Wikipedia, for example) as a Taiwan pop/rap group! Similarly, Wang Leehom was often thought of as the “Most famous American whom few Americans know!” One problem maybe because there is no Asian-American musical genre that is broadly accepted outside Asian-American communities. M.C. Jin does achieved popular acceptance by doing hip hop, though.

When asked about the successes of Asian Americans in classical music (Yo Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Seiji Osawa, Lang Lang, come to mind), Prof. Wang explained that they succeed because they excel in a universally accepted medium. Even so, there is often the stereotype that Asian Americans, however technically excellent, are rather wooden in their interpretation.

The event was well attended more than 30 students and the response from the audience enthusiastic. Prof. Wang is currently a Fulbright Visiting Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Hong Kong.

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蔡繼有書院於四月六日舉辦了院長茶聚,我們有幸邀請了於加利福尼亞大學戴維斯分校任教的王琳瑛教授,向我們分享亞裔美國人與音樂。

亞裔美國人如何進入美國音樂界呢?在流行音樂中,亞裔美國人離開了華人社區便難以發展。例如,在1992年,L.A. Boyz並沒有選擇在加州這個初成立組合的地方出道,而是回到台灣,成為台灣流行說唱組合。同樣,王力宏也被認為是“最少美國人知道的著名美國人”。這個問題可能是因為亞裔美國人的音樂流派在亞裔社區以外沒有被廣泛接受。儘管歐陽靖確實通過hip hop而受到人們的普遍接受,但這種情況仍十分少見。

當被問及亞裔美國人在古典音樂中的成功時(自然會想起馬友友,Sarah Chang,小澤征爾,郎朗),王琳瑛教授解釋,他們的成功是因為他們普遍接受的媒介表現優異。儘管如此,人們還是會有這樣的刻板印象:亞裔美國人技術方面十分優秀,但在表達方面是相當木訥的。

此次活動吸引多於三十名學生參與,觀眾皆反應熱烈。王琳瑛教授現時在香港大學擔任訪問學者。

CKYCers were everywhere in the campus on UM Open Day, April 09, 2017 / 澳門大學開放日 – 蔡繼有書院院生無處不在

This has been a day of triumphs for CKYC students.  We were everywhere.  The Cheerleading Group performed in the Main Ceremony at 3-4 p.m. in front of the Library before a group of dignitaries from the Macau government, donors from the community, parents, friends, countless high school children, and, of course, the big shots of UM itself.  Our Cheerleaders were the only performers from any RC or UM unit!

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Our band, Black Pack, did the College great service by giving us a rousing opening in an afternoon of wonderful music and singing on the Central Avenue.  And many members of our college spent hours planning, decorating, and preparing for the College stall and raised a staggering sum of money for charity.  More than MOP8,000 was collected (though some of that will be deducted for expenses, it’s still a very handsome sum of money).  Those who helped went beyond the HA Working Group on Service, though that group certainly deserves a round of applause.

Our students were represented in many other activities as well – UM Choir, various food stalls (Japanese, Mongolian, etc.), and some international students also participated in the parade.  And our African drums attracted a lot of attention; many children had fun playing them.

And the CKYC Bear was ever so popular!

We made our presence felt!  We manifested our CKYC spirit!  We are proud of our College.

 

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澳大開放日是CKYC學生勝利的日子!我們無所不在。下午三四點在主儀式前,面對來自澳門政府的政要,社會的捐贈者,父母,朋友,數不清的高中生和小朋友,當然還少不了澳門大學的大人物,啦啦隊在圖書館正門進行演出。我們的啦啦隊是代表所有住宿式書院和澳門大學社團的唯一表演者。

我們的樂隊,Black Pack,在中央大道以一個激動人心的演出開始,為我們帶來一個充滿美好音樂和歌聲的下午。

許多書院學生花了幾個小時的時間策劃,裝飾以及準備書院攤位,最終籌到超過8000澳門幣的慈善基金。在扣除了一些相關費用后,這筆善款仍是十分可觀的。HA服務小組的努力已經遠遠超於工作本身,他們值得我們熱烈的掌聲。

我們的學生也代表參與了其他活動,如UM合唱團,美食攤位(日本菜,蒙古菜等等),一些國際學生也參加了遊行。我們書院的非洲鼓表演吸引了許多關注,小朋友們都玩得很開心。

蔡繼有熊好受歡迎啊!

開放日的優秀表現令人們真切感受蔡繼有書院,體現了我們的CKYC精神!為我們的書院感到自豪!

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CKYC Workshop by Dr. Chanthika Pornpitakpan: Buddhist Meditation; and Mediate for Better Me, No. 1/2017 / 蔡繼有書院工作坊:與Chanthika Pornpitakpan博士探討※佛學禪修:裨益,真理與實踐§及 “禪修工作坊,2017年第1期”

Dr. Chanthika Pornpitakpan was invited to hold meditation workshops, “Buddhist Meditation: benefits, principles, and practice” and “Mediate for Better Me, No. 1/2017” on 22th March and 5th April respectively. Dr. Chanthika Pornpitakpan, an associate professor from FBA gave us a wonderful presentation of meditation.
Dr. Pornpitakpan started with brief history and core concepts of Buddhism. She also pointed out the importance, benefits, and principles of meditation. In the end, Dr. Pornpitakpan led audience to carry out meditation practice for about 20 minutes. The photographer decided not to disturb the participants during meditation, hence the sparsity of images.
Twenty-some CKY Collegians participated in this exercise. Workshop came to an end in a relaxed atmosphere.
“Mediate for Better Me, No. 2/2017” workshop will be held by Dr. Pornitakpan on 4th May, we are looking forward to seeing you again!

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蔡繼有書院有幸邀請到來自工商管理學院的Chanthika Pornpitakpan博士分別在3月22 日及4月5日為我們開辦有關禪修的工作坊,講解佛學禪修的裨益,真理與實踐。

Chanthika Pornpitakpan博士以佛學的歷史和核心概念開始這次工作坊。她進一步指出禪修的重要性,裨益,真理與實踐。最後,Chanthika Pornpitakpan博士帶領出席的師生進行了一次二十分鐘的冥想實踐。攝影師為了不打擾正在冥想的師生,因此沒有拍下太多相片。

此次工作坊吸引了約20名學生及一些教職員前來蔡繼有書院學人廳參與,並在一個放鬆的氣氛下結束這次活動。

Pornpitakpan博士於5月4日在本書院將開辦 “禪修工作坊,2017年第2期”,期待你的參與!

CKY Collegiate Sports Series in March, 2017

Organized by CKYC House Association, the CKY Collegiate Sports Series in March 2017 is held successfully! The sport competitions provide CKYC members with intrinisic value for mental and psychological development. In addition, the competitions of table football, badminton, and volleyball also give an opportunity for members to build up the team spirit!

On Mar 8, 2017, the First CKYC Road Race, from the College to the Staff Quarters and back, a distance of about 3,500 meters, was won by Vector Hugh 徐藝銘 (16’28”63) for women, and by 陳載略 (15’50”73) for men. The Table Tennis tournament was won by 何凱壁 among the ladies, and 李焯豪among the gentlemen.

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On Mar 15, 2017, we had badminton, 3-a-side volleyball, and swimming. Wendy Leong beat Ho Hoi Big for the Badminton Championship, while So Ji Fong defeated Leong Ka Keng on the men’s side. In 3-a-side volleyball, the team made up of Steven Lo, Hayo Lee, Katie Liu, and Madalena Lee triumphed over Steven Ho, Max Du, Vector Hugh, and Amber Wang. In the 50 meter race in the pool, Edward Lau and Tam Man Wai came first in the men’s and ladies event. Paul Lin, of course, was the organizer. Congrats, all!!!

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On Mar 22, 2017, our very own March Madness! We had Foosball (Table Football). Eight teams competed and culminated in the finals between Alex and Winger on the one hand and Xaviera and Look on the other. Alex and Winger were the champions.

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On Mar 29, 2017, the last item of the Sports Series was Orienteering which was fun and enjoyed by the participants!

CKYC Master’s Tea with Prof. Frederick Davis: “Science and Passion: A Contradiction?” / 蔡繼有書院院長茶聚:與Frederick Davis教授探討“科學與熱情存在矛盾嗎?”

CKYC Master’s Tea with Prof. Frederick Davis, themed at “Science and Passion: A Contradiction”, was held successfully on 20th March. The wonderful talk Prof. Davis presented enlightened the general and excited the specific. Prof. Frederick Davis teaches in Purdue University and is the R. Mark Lubbers Chair in the History of Science in the Department of History. He is now spending the 2016 – 2017 academic year at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a Fulbright scholar.

Prof. Davis pointed out that the relationship between “Science” and “Passion” should not be a contradiction by using several biologists’ examples, Archie F. Carr, Jr – the man who saved sea turtles, Rachel Carson – the woman who studied birds and E.O Wilson – the man who is interested in ants. These biologists first developed their interests and then they pursued that interest as biologists and scientists. It is, actually, “Passion” to drive long-term research and engage conversation efforts.

Prof. Davis gave audience an open question “What is your passion?” to end the lecture. Around 35 students and a few fellows, affiliates at the CKYC Fellows Salon attended the Master’s Tea and gained the great experience.

 

蔡繼有書院於3月20日成功舉辦了院長茶聚,我們有幸邀請了於美國普渡大學任教的Frederick Davis教授,向同學們呈現了一個關於科學與熱情的精彩演講。Frederick Davis教授不僅是普渡大學的教授,同時也是該校科學歷史學院R. Mark Lubbers的主席。在2016至2017學年間,他在香港中文大學擔任學術交流基金會 — 傅爾布萊特計畫 的訪問學者。

Frederick Davis教授指出科學與熱情之間不應是矛盾的關係,并以幾個生物學家的例子作進一步講解。例如:Archie F. Carr, Jr 致力於拯救海龜;Rachel Carson愛好研究各種鳥類;E.O Wilson則對螞蟻很感興趣。這些生物學家都是先建立了興趣,然後再以生物學家和科學家的身份延續興趣、進而探索。所以,實際上熱情才是那個支持我們對喜愛事物作長時間的研究和投入大量心血的動力。

最後,Frederick Davis教授向出席的澳大師生提出了一個問題:你的熱情在哪裡?此次茶聚吸引了約40名學生及一些教職員前來參與,他們皆收穫豐富。

撰寫:
蔡繼有書院學生 陳嘉琪

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