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Rotorua Branch – Newsletter November 2011




It is hard to believe that another year has finished. The Committee would like to thank everyone for your support throughout the year. We have had many interesting speakers and last months meeting was very well attended with many interesting things coming forward which indicates another successful year.

 Two suggestions came forward for venues for our end of the year luncheon and thanks to Norma Millard’s extensive enquires it has been decided that we will have our luncheon at Chimney Indian Restaurant, 1780 Eruera Street on 27 November 12:00 p.m. (midday) It will be a sit down meal with several choices. The cost will be $ 20. per person. RSVP is essential by Wednesday 23 November. They are licensed and drinks will be extra as well as their Naan breads.

Join us this year

Please contact Norma on 348-2110 if you require more information or email [email protected]

I am sure you won’t be disappointed and there will be something for all tastes on offer. We look forward to a large turnout like last year.





The Chinese Association will be participating in the Santa Parade on 3 December. We have been invited to join in on the fun. This will require walking the parade route. I suppose a Mobility Scooter would be acceptable if needed. If you are interested in participating please let Brenda know as soon as possible, Ph 332-5731 or email [email protected] for details.

 The Tours Committee are still looking for more interest in the Photography Tour which will take in a much talked about Guilin along with the Karst Limestone formations. Also they visit Huangshan(Yellow Mountain). This looks to be a very scenic tour. For more information contact Ann White Ph,(03) 614-8944 or email tangible <[email protected]>

National Notebook October 2011

Recent News 

Shaanxi Women’s Health Project

The New Zealand component of this project, funded by Auckland Branch and the New Zealand Government through KOHA, has now been completed. In September, NZCFS projects team members Deborah Rhode and Dave Bromwich spent three days in Baoji District evaluating the outcome. The key benefits found are that most women in the villages visited have a new awareness of primary health care. In particular they are now focusing on prevention of illness through earlier visits to clinics, and have a new improved approach to household hygiene. More information about Deborah and Dave’s visit and the project are on our website see our home page https://nzchinasociety.org.nz/

 NZCFS Projects and Tibetan Communities Tour

Dave Bromwich reports, “Last week the fourteen people on our Tour met the Shaanxi Women’s Federation and visited the Society‟s health and co-operative development projects in Feng County, Baoji City. One day we thought we would have to double back, but the road was open and snow was falling and we saw a wolf as we passed by! This week we are in Lhasa enjoying a very different culture with lots of time to spend exploring the Bakhor market and other sights near the hotel.”

 Father of the Chinese Republic – Sun Yat-sen or…..??

On October 10th, China celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai revolution, which swept aside the Qing dynasty and resulted in the foundation of the Chinese Republic. Teri France, Secretary of the Hibiscus Coast Branch, has written a very interesting article for our Website and states that:

„It’s extraordinary what one finds out in conversation with one’s friends. We have been playing badminton for some years with a Chinese friend from Hong Kong and over coffee, a few weeks ago, the subject of Sun Yat-sen and the revolution came up. Then, without saying a word, he drew out of his pocket an ageing photo and began to describe his family’s connection with Sun Yat-Sen and his great uncle, Yang Quyun or Yeung Küwan as he signed himself. This is how the story unfolded…….’

To read on click on this link- https://nzchinasociety.org.nz/news/news-and-events/,

 What’s in the news in Beijing? Dave Feickert says that the press in Beijing is constantly reporting on the financial issues of Europe and the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement in the US , with blow by blow accounts from Brussels/ Frankfurt/Berlin/Paris and Washington and frequent TV updates.

 Chinese Films Worth Watching

The Wellington Branch of the NZ Chinese Language Association organizes a monthly Chinese feature film (with English sub-titles) held in Committee Room One of the Wellington City Council, generally on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 pm. Go to Wellington Branch on our website to get the details of the next film to show. The following DVDs are recommended.

Starring: Pu Cunxi 濮存昕

Directors: Chen Jianlin 陈家林, Lu Qi 路奇. English subtitles, 100 minutes.

A Bright Moon

The film is the biographic story of Li Shutong, a celebrity in modern Chinese culture. Born to a rich family in Tianjin in 1880, Li Shutong changed his dramatic life to become a great monk of the time, Master Hongyi.

A Bright Moon, draws a sharp contrast between his earlier life as a wealthy prodigy of the arts, including calligraphy, painting, music, sculpture, and drama, and his later life as a highly venerated itinerant monk steeped in the school of precepts and morality. The transition from ebullience, fame, and accolades to solitude and serenity is phenomenal to say the least. This film is set against the back-drop of major historic events in China up to his death in 1942.

Highly recommended.

Forever Enthralled 梅兰芳

The sumptuous period epic Forever Enthralled dramatizes the life of Mei Lanfang, widely regarded as one of the most legendary opera performers in all of Chinese history. Though a male, Lanfang built his reputation on the basis of outstanding performances as female characters, and in fact, lived out his private life buckling under the weight of repressed emotions.

The film made its international premiere at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival, where it received positive responses, with critics calling it a “sumptuous” film. The Hollywood Reporter describes the film as “traditional but elegantly mounted,” with “superb” art direction, and states “from splendidly lit interiors to authentic costumes and accessories, it evokes the theatre culture and literati scene of 1930s Beijing”.

Starring: Leon Lai, Zhang Ziyi and Sun Honglei Director: Chen Kaige English subtitles, 147minutes.