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Chinese Canadian gives Tai Chi Chuan lesson at U.S. EmbassyChinese Canadian gives Tai Chi Chuan lesson at U.S. EmbassyThe US Embassy in Beijing this Monday invited Chen Zhonghua (陈中华), a famous Chinese Canadian Tai Chi Chuan teacher, to talk about key …

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Editor's Note

"It is probably our last chance to save our intangible cultural heritage now and we need to take action," said Qiao Xiaoguang, director of the Research Center of Intangible Heritage of the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA).

Yang fuxi, the 10th-generation inheritor of Beijing "Juyuanhao" (聚元号) bows and arrows, said his father died before he could learn the last three techniques from him; there were over 100 shadow plays (皮影戏) in western Gansu province in the 1950s, but now the best artists there can only perform around 20 of them. That so many items of intangible cultural heritage are coming closer to the brink of extinction is a worrying fact and practical protection measures are badly needed.

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