Beijing, Oct. 19 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Foreigners believe Chinese cuisine, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and martial arts are the elements that best represent Chinese culture, according to the 2018 China National Image Global Survey released Friday.
Among the overseas respondents, 55 percent picked Chinese cuisine as a representative of Chinese culture, and nearly 79 percent said they had tried it, 81 percent of whom praised its taste, the survey showed.
TCM and martial arts also stood out as significant representatives of Chinese culture, picked by 50 and 46 percent of overseas respondents, respectively.
More people in developed countries thought cuisine the best representative of Chinese culture, while more people in developing countries chose TCM and martial arts, according to the survey.
Compared with young respondents, people aged from 51 to 65 tended to think that Confucius and Confucianism best represent Chinese culture, it said.
Jointly conducted by the Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies and Kantar from May to July 2018, the survey covered 11,000 people, aged between 18 and 65, from 22 countries, with 500 respondents from each country.
Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) - F Minor, country's first all-female indigenous band, performed at the city's EMK Center on Thursday evening.
The band performed several songs, including indigenous songs of Hajong, Garo, Marma and Tripura communities, at the event.
They also performed several of their Bengali compositions including the much acclaimed 'Jongla Phool'.
With Pinky Chiran (vocals), Nadia Ritchil (guitar and vocals), Gloria Manda (lead guitar), Diba Chicham (cajon and drums) representing the Garo community and Akiu Marma (keyboards) representing the Marma community- the band was formed in October 2016 by the founder Jadu Ritchil.
F Minor became immensely popular after the release of their acclaimed track 'Nishi Raiter Jongla Phool' this year which went viral on social media platforms.
New York, Oct 17 (AP/UNB) — As he worked on early drafts of "The Catcher in the Rye," a novel which proved both scandalous and life-changing, J.D. Salinger considered adding his generation's idea of a trigger alert.
"I think there's going to be a lot of swearing and sexy stuff in this book," warns narrator Holden Caulfield, in a paragraph on page 18 of Salinger's manuscript, part of an upcoming exhibition at the New York Public Library. "I can't help it. You'll probably think I'm a very dirty guy and that I come from a terrible family and all."
"The trouble is," Holden adds, "everybody swears all the time. And everybody's pretty sexy."
Salinger apparently changed his mind. He drew a large X through the passage and wrote "delete" in the margins. Starting in 1951, when the book was published, millions of readers would discover the truth for themselves.
The library exhibit, titled "JD Salinger," opens Friday and runs through Jan. 19 at the historic 5th Avenue branch in Manhattan. It continues a surprisingly eventful centennial for Salinger, who died in 2010 and avoided publicity for much of his writing life. His literary estate approved new print editions for the first time in decades of the four books he allowed to come out in his lifetime — "The Catcher in the Rye," ''Franny and Zooey," ''Nine Stories" and "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction." And for the first time ever, the literary estate authorized e-book editions.
Salinger's estate is overseen in part by his son, Matt Salinger, who has also said that readers will, at some point, see the books his father worked on after he stopped publishing in the 1960s. In announcing the exhibit last week, the younger Salinger cited the public's lasting curiosity.
"When my father's long-time publisher, Little, Brown and Company, first approached me with plans for his centennial year my immediate reaction was that he would not like the attention," Matt Salinger wrote. "He was a famously private man who shared his work with millions, but his life and non-published thoughts with less than a handful of people, including me. But I've learned that while he may have only fathered two children there are a great, great many readers out there who have their own rather profound relationships with him, through his work, and who have long wanted an opportunity to get to know him better."
Drawing upon archives made available by Matt Salinger, the exhibit is not the tell-all that some fans might have wanted. There are no unreleased novels or stories, and no images of Salinger's widow, Colleen Salinger, or of the mother of Salinger's two children, Claire Douglas. His affair in the early 1970s with author Joyce Maynard, a college student when he befriended her, is not mentioned. But the library does offer an eclectic, revelatory and sometimes quirky range of materials, from a Royal manual typewriter to a bowl Salinger made as a boy to videocassettes of Marx Brothers comedies and other films he liked to watch. A bookcase from his bedroom includes "The Oxford Book of Detective Stories," a collection of Robert Browning poems and three volumes on "Zen and the Zen Classics," reflecting his immersion in Eastern religion and philosophy. Letters to his literary representatives document his immersion in the publishing process, from sales and royalties to the cover design of paperbacks.
Declan Kiely, the library's director of special collections and exhibitions, said that the materials on display demonstrated Salinger's "meticulousness, possibly bordering on the obsessive," although "obsessive in a good way."
"You have to be obsessive to produce a body of work, to be true to your art," Kelly said. "It (the exhibit) reveals Salinger the man — in terms of simple hobbies, the modesty, the quotidian aspects of his life. There's nothing fancy or frilly about Salinger."
Salinger's career as an author is captured through clippings of his early stories, manuscripts, copies of his books and letters to his publishers. A working draft of "Franny and Zooey" was titled "Ivanoff the Terrible, subtitled, "An Ontological Comic Drama With a Little Morning Music," and included an opening section which apparently refers to his years as a counter-intelligence officer in Europe during World War II. (Salinger fans had long wondered whether "Ivanoff" was a separate, unreleased book).
"Early in the Normandy campaign, we were issued little olive-drab crystal balls to help pass the time in the foxholes," Salinger writes, a reference to the D-Day invasion, when he was among those landing on Utah Beach. "Mine came with a rather ominous looking crack in it, but I see a few things, I see a few things ..."
The one-room library exhibit tracks Salinger's life. There are childhood photos and images from his military service, many highlighting his dark eyes, extended jaw and the hint of a Holden-like smirk. Pictures from the 1960s and 1970s with his children, Matt and Margaret, capture Salinger in middle age, in rural Cornish, New Hampshire. A handful of shots show him in old age, holding a grandchild or relaxing on the grounds of his home. After Salinger's death, an old friend from the military, John L. Keenan, wrote to Matt, telling him about his father's horrifying experiences, which led to his being hospitalized after the war.
"He was among the first American troops to enter Paris, as well as with the first American to cross the German border at the Siegfried Line. He endured the hardship and perils of the battles of the Bulge and the Ardennes forest," Keenan's letter reads. "Though like the rest of us, not happy to be there, he accepted his 'lot' and did more than what was expected of him. He was brave under fire and a loyal and dependable partner. On many occasions in the course of an assignment, although pinned down by artillery, machine gun or small arms fire, he did what had to be done.
"I admired him then and I grieve for him now."
From the beautiful blues of archipelagos to the northern lights, Sweden is the ultimate Scandinavian dream for travelers. While browsing about it, you will always stumble upon the busy streets of old town Gamla Stan, the changing of the guards in front of Royal Palace or the lush greens and museets (museums). What often every travelogue misses out is that Sweden is also home to a lot of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As of 2016, the country has about 15 of them and each has their unique stand in the list. If your main destination is the capital, make sure you reserve one day for visiting these beautiful places that often slips off one’s ‘must visit’ places. Below are three you can easily add to your itinerary while visiting Stockholm.
Engelsberg Ironworks, situated in central Sweden, is the best preserved and most complete example of a Swedish iron-working estate (järnbruk) which produced superior grades of iron back in the 17th to 19th centuries. It is an example of how influential European industrial complexes worked back in times. It takes about 2 hours from Stockholm via car and 3 hours via train to reach this beautiful village of Fagersta. Embedded into the typical Swedish landscape with lakes and forests, it has more the feel of a large picturesque agricultural estate.
(1)Engelsberg Ironworks, Jürgen Howaldt, (2) Slag Stone Towers, Bengt Oberger
On the way from the station to the Ironworks you will cross a fascinating Sculpture Park to explore among the lush along the veins of Synten lake.
Sculpture Park (1) Waterfalls, (2) Glass Pyramid , (3) Three Figures; Source: Itminan Tasneea
Summer should be the ideal time to visit the Ironworks and guided tours can be pre-arranged but the area can be easily visited for free. The premises are now under the Johnson Foundation and can be booked for official programs and stays. If you are a Classical Architecture enthusiast, you can apply for the Engelsberg Summer School in Classical Architecture that takes place for the whole month of July every year. The highlight of this will be the area around the manor house with the clock- tower, two ornamental slag-stone towers and the ironwork’s blast furnace and forge where the water wheel, ore crusher, blowing engine and hammer are all still functioning for demonstration purposes. The original houses around Engelsberg are adorned in the red sediments after the iron production that once indicated wealth and power. The red color is still prominent in all the houses to maintain the tradition.
Dating back over 1,000 years, the mine was at its peak in the 17th century and accounted for 70% of the western world’s copper production. It is one of Sweden's most important industrial monuments and you can spend a whole day exploring the site which is now a museum in 2001 was designated a UNESCO world heritage site.
Falun Mine; Source: Itminan Tasneea
Descending into the depths of the mine’s underground tunnels with your orange raincoat and helmet, guides engage you with captivating stories and legends of the austerities and bravery of the mine’s workers. Above the grounds, the enormous ‘Great Pit’, a prominent result of a subside of 1687, dominates the landscape. In spite of being a mining site, you can still experience stylish Scandinavian design at the site’s newly renovated ‘fika’ café and gift stores that sell beautiful uncut mine stones.
Entrance to Mine Village; Source: Itminan Tasneea
It is 200km from the airport with a comfortable train ride will take you to Falun's center. If you are lucky enough to be visiting the mines in December, you can experience a typical Swedish tradition called Lucia Day, deep down in the Falun Mine’s underground chambers.
Skogskyrkogården (The Woodland Cemetery)
No matter how morbid it may sound, a visit to the Woodland Cemetery will surely have an everlasting impact on your mind. The cemetery is a milestone in modern architectural creation. Its Nordic landscape and exemplary architecture have influenced the design of cemeteries all over the world. Since 1994, it has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz won an international architectural competition for its design and the cemetery was created between 1917 and 1940.
Skogskyrkogården; Source: Itminan Tasneea
Walking through the grounds, one witnesses the fusion of life and death. The towering pine trees live among the buried, watching over the tombstones with an unimaginable depth of comfort.
Unlike any other cemeteries, there is no rigid structure of the layouts but a unison of landscape and tombstones. Standing near the entrance and silhouetted by the sky, is a large dark granite cross which is kept open to interpretations by the architects, who denied its obvious symbolism of Christianity.
The granite Cross, Source: Michael Turtle
There is an operating Crematorium, five funeral chapels and an outdoor ceremony site in the cemetery with around 1,00,000 graves maintained by the family members. The architects’ designed each element (Meditation Grove, Remembrance Garden, Seven Springs Way) to heighten one’s emotional bonding to the demised souls. Every tombstone has a different story and has been personalized with great details. The famous musician Avicii has also been buried in this ground.
Chapel of the Holy Cross, Source: Itminan Tasneea
Child’s Tombstone, Source: Itminan Tasneea
These sites may not be everyone’s cup of tea but are essentials to dig deep into Swedish culture. An additional site to visit would be the majestic Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm which I have already added to my ‘must go’ places for next summer.
Dhaka, Oct 11 (UNB) – Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) launched a yearlong thematic art camp on the life of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the National Art Gallery and Art Plaza on Friday.
The art camp is titled ‘Bangabandhu: Jeebon Theke Chitropotey’ (Bangabandhu: From reality to the canvases).
One hundred artists are participating with 100 of their artworks based on two autobiographical books by Bangabandhu – ‘Oshomapto Atmojiboni’ (Unfinished Memoirs) and ‘Karagarer Rojnamcha’ (Diary in Jail).
Prime Minister’s Political Affairs Adviser HT Imam inaugurated the camp as the chief guest where National Museum’s President Dr Shamsuzzaman Khan and Bangladesh National University’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Harun-or-Rashid spoke.
Presided over by BSA Director Liaquat Ali Lucky, the event also saw the presence of participating artists including Mustafa Monwar, Biren Shome, Jamal Uddin Ahmed, and Sanjib Das Opu.
HT Imam said Bangladesh would not exist as a nation if it was not for Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“Throughout his life, he served Bangladesh as a true patriot. The glimpses of both his journey as a warrior and a common man are presented in his two books,” he added.
Presenting the reviews of the two books, both Dr Harun-or-Rashid and Dr Shamsuzzaman Khan urged the artists to portray the imageries as real as possible according to the narrative of Bangabandhu.
The art camp is part of BSA’s yearlong plans to celebrate the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 2020.