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Series explores Chinese culture

The Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus Lecture Series are presenting a comprehensive program on the culture and heritage of China. The seven-part series, which began this month, features slides, videos, commentary and participation in Chinese language, calligraphy and tai chi programs.

Each program is from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through July 14 in the university's Davis Hall on the St. Petersburg campus.

Wednesday: "Tai chi, Qigong and Health," presented by Weilin Hou, is a guide to wellness and understanding your body through a Chinese perspective. Hou examines the philosophy and practices of tai chi, qigong and acupuncture through charts, videos and demonstrations. A short film on kung fu also is featured.

June 30: "Attractions," presented by Mingrul Zhang, is a slide and video program that highlights the trail of the long stone serpent (The Great Wall), the Silk Road, Xian, Beijing, and the Yangtze River. Tibet and the people of the high plateau also are depicted.

July 7: "A Trip through China _ An American's Perspective" features speaker Dr. Ted Van Vleet of the USF department of marine science. Van Vleet gives an illustrated lecture with slides of Beijing, Qingdao, Xufu, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Souzhou and Inner Mongolia. He also shares his experiences aboard "the slow boat to China" from Hong Kong to Xiamen, where he attended the Third Institute of Oceanography.

July 14: "Chinese Food and Cooking," presented by Zhongping Lee, will review the major cooking styles in China's various regions. He will discuss famous dishes, dining customs and main ingredients of Chinese food. Tasty samples of Chinese cooking will be provided.

The "armchair tour" is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For information, call the Campus Activity Center at 893-9596.