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Shirley's Traditional Chinese Arts

Hello, my name is Shirley Yiping Zhang.I am a full time student of Graduate School and Chinese Painting School at Chinese National Academy of Arts in Beijing. I will complete my 4th class year in July, 2014. I was also a full time student of China Central Academy of Fine Arts for 1 year. Before I entered CNAA & CAFA, I had learned Chinese painting from a professor for 8 years and vocal music from 3 teachers for 9 years.

I have been educated at 8 universities over a total of 17 years. I was majoring in Chinese painting, Chinese language and literature, business management as a full time students for 9 years, and world economics, journalism and English as a part time student for 8 years. I got my master’s degree in Missouri State University, USA..

I was an instructor to teach Ancient Chinese and Classical Literature for 9 years, an editor and a manager in the Chinese Securities News & Information Industry for 18 years.

Since I achieved my career dream in the Chinese securities industry in 2000. I have been working on my childhood and lifetime’s dream: to study, explore and create my own E-bridge cross-culture and comprehensive art system with paintings, music, writing on the Internet and in the real world.


Here is what I have understood, studied and done until now:

Definition of the Current E-bridge Cross-culture and Comprehensive Art Project

It is an art series that is based on Chinese painting, focused on Chinese poetry, combining music and singing, multiple-languages (right now, it includes Chinese and English), Chinese Characters and calligraphy, essays and cultural background. Its purpose is to help non-Chinese speakers and anyone who is interested in Chinese culture, arts and language to learn naturally, easily and artistically.

Its transmission style is to be: “ face to face + multi – media ( Internet + mass media ) ”

The Main Content of the Current E-bridge Cross-culture and Comprehensive Art

Includes 5 series:

1. Vocal,Bilingual Poetry & Painting Series : Learn   
   Chinese Culture & Language by Enjoying Paintings, Music & Poetry;
2. Stories behind Chinese Painting Series;
3. Traditional Chinese Painting Series:
   Chinese Baimiao Paintings
   Chinese Gongbi--Realistic Paintings
   Chinese Xieyi--Freehand Brushworks
   Mixed Gongbi & Xieyi Paintings
   Chinese Mogu Painting
4. Music written by me for Chinese poems
5. Bilingual Chinese Songs

These series and whole of the web site include my 850 paintings; 162 translations of Chinese poems and 130 translation of Chinese folk songs; 196 singings in Chinese (162 Chinese poems and 130 Chinese folk songs in Chinese, 80 poems and 50 folk songs in Chinese and in English); More than 3000 articles on Chinese culture and about 800 records of Chinese poems, music, singings and language

The Target Users of E-bridge Cross-culture and Comprehensive Art:

1. Chinese language learners and teachers
2. Chinese art learners
3. Anyone who are interested in Chinese culture,art and    language
4. Researchers of cross-culture and interdisciplinary training.

The Theoretical Basis of E-bridge Cross-culture and Comprehensive Art:

-- Art is, in essence, a tool. Artists express their thoughts and feelings in different artistic languages, governments use the ideas in the arts to help them to manage their countries and ordinary people choose arts to please themselves. Just like the different tableware on a dining table can substitute for, complement and support each other to help the diner to enjoy his food more comfortably. Sister arts can also interact to affect audiences naturally. Combining the process of learning a culture or a language with the process of enjoying other, various art forms, makes the whole process more interesting and enjoyable, and helps learners to grasp knowledge and skills more easily.

-- Traditional Chinese arts are essentially comprehensive. Chinese painting is made up of poetry, calligraphy, painting and stamps of chops; Chinese classical poems were sung in ancient times; Chinese calligraphy and painting came from the same rootstock; Chinese traditional art theory emphasizes that a good painting should include the artistic conception of a poem and a good poem should include artistic conception of a painting. By enjoying the comprehensive arts (including paintings, music, poems and articles), people will be able to learn Chinese culture and language naturally.

-- Chinese classical poems are mainly made of Chinese primary words. Chinese primary words are universal (they are used by all Chinese speakers), stable (they have been used since they were created) and have prolificacy (they are the roots of new words). Learning Chinese classical poetry is the best way to encounter Chinese primary words and to open the door of Chinese language and culture. Therefore, almost all Chinese children start their Chinese learning by reciting classical poems.

Based on the above understanding, I have chosen Chinese painting as one of my comprehensive art works’ media, focused on the core of Chinese paintings – poetry; adding music, languages (Chinese and English), literature (poetry comments), historical background (about the poets and the stories behind their poems), and the inspirations (what we can learned from the ideas of the poems or its written style in the ancient times, to purify our spirits and to improve our skills in the contemporary era), to create a new and unique comprehensive art, to help non-Chinese speakers to learn about Chinese culture and language artistically, easily and naturally.

The Transmission Mode of E-bridge Cross-culture and Comprehensive Art

The transmission mode and channels of this project should be multi-media style, Internet, paper media, DVD, TV, mobile phone and face to face by teaching, exhibitions, events, publications and so on.

The transmission frequency should be daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly.

The Work Result of E-bridge Cross-culture and Comprehensive Art 2000 to 2013

Firstly, A little Internet platform www.ebridge.cn has been run for 8 years, it has had 11,000 registered users from more than 30 countries. A group of volunteers are working on it.

Secondly, I have found the way to improve my own Chinese art level on theory and practice, completed the transformation from securities to the arts, from an amateur to an professional artist through the study in the best Chinese academy of fine arts and the highest Chinese arts research institution base on 8 years study in my free time.

Thirdly, I have found the key to connect the arts of Traditional Chinese Painting, Modern Chinese Language and Music that is Chinese Classical Poetry, since poetry is the core of a Chinese painting; it could be sung originally, its surface feature on a Chinese painting is calligraphy and character, its sound is Chinese vocal language, its characters are the primary words of Modern Chinese Language, and Chinese primary words are stable – since it was created, it has not been changed; they are universal – all people who speak Chinese use them; the most important point – they are the root of words ( character) of Modern Chinese Language. In case people master it, they have opened the door of Modern Chinese Language. Learn Chinese primary by learning Chinese poetry is the one of the best methods. Therefore, almost all Chinese children recite Chinese classical before they enter the elementary schools. Chinese poetry could sung since it was created, therefore, when I write a poem on a Chinese painting, that means I have written a lyric on it. When I created a piece of music for the poem on my painting, I just did something to recover the original feature of a Chinese poem.

So, when we carry the key of a Chinese painting – poetry, we catch the core to connect the Modern Chinese Language, Music and Character. Plus the history background of the poetry, and its inspirations to the contemporary society, the value of learning Chinese classical poetry is obvious.   

Base on this theory study and thinking, I have created the first “Vocal, Bilingual Poetry & Painting Series in China and in the world.”

During the Study and Exploration, Two formal publications have been published by Jinan University Press in 2003 and 2002:

1. Volume One of E-bridge Series Books and DVD II: “Together with Me, Learn Chinese Culture and Language by Enjoying Paintings, Music and Poetry” was published May, 2013

2. Volume 1- 4 of E-bridge Series Books and DVDs I: Together with Mr. Learn Real American English (Mastermind and translator, 0.93 million word) was published in Oct, 2002

Fourthly, 3 individual Chinese comprehensive art exhibitions were held in the USA 2009 – 2013, another 3 ones will be held in 2014 – 2015:

Sep 04 – 25, 2009:"Visit China - Right Here in Springfield "at the Creamery Art Center, Springfield, MO, USA                                                         

May 06 – 24, 2010: "Shirley Yiping Zhang’s Art Exhibition", at Plaster of Student Union, Missouri State University, USA

May 10 – 22, 2013: "Taste of China" at the Eastern Kentucky Expo, USA

Feb 07 – 27, 2014: individual exhibition (the title has not been made sure yet) at OTC, US

In the last a half year, 2014: individual exhibition (the title has not been made sure yet) at Library, Springfield, MO, USA

In 2015: individual exhibition (the title has not been made sure yet) at Art & Letter Store in Springfield, MO, USA


Fifthly, I have given 100 free teachings in 31 schools, art organizations and my temporary domicile in the USA. 2300 American students attended my classes, more than 200 American artists and more 50 American Chinese teachers have communicated with me face to face.

Since 2011, the learners in my classrooms have not only the art students, but also language students; since 2013, the teaching content has been enlarged to both of Chinese poetry and language. The Chinese painting’s teaching has also been enlarged to Chinese line drawing (Baimiao) from the from Chinese Xieyi.

No matter the Chinese painting and Chinese poetry are all focused on the most classical things in the Chinese history. Such as the poetry in the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) and the paintings in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) . Students did not learn to paint, to read, but also to sing, to complete their classes in the cheerful chatting and laughing.

Here is the list of the organizations that I have visited to teach or demonstrate or present Chinese painting or poetry via music, singings:   

Nov 20, 2013:    Art and Design Department of Missouri   
                           State University
Nov 09, 2013:    Conference of Southwest District Art
                       Teachers Association at Drury University
Sep 23, 2013:      The Modern and Classical Language
                        Department, Missouri State University
Sep 21, 2013:      Ave Art Guild, Missouri, USA
Sep 14 -20, 2013: Seymour R-II School, Missouri, USA
May 11-24, 2013: Pikeville High School , Kentucky, USA
                     Pikeville Elementary School , Kentucky, USA
                     Pikeville Central School , Kentucky, USA
                     Hampton Inn, Pikeville, Kentucky, USA

Sep 29, 2011:      Yates Elementary School, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Sep 30, 2011:      Dixie Magnet Elementary School, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Sep 27, 2011:      Crawford Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Sep 28, 2011:      Leestown Middle School, Kentucky, USA
Sep 28, 2011:      A High School (forgoten its name), Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Sep 23, 2011:      Kentucky 2011 Fall World Language Conference, USA

May1-2, 2010:    Artfest, Springfield Regional Art Council, MO, USA
May6-25, 2010:   PSU Gallery, Missouri State University, USA
May 17, 2010:    Seymour R-II Public School Missouri, USA
May 16, 2010:    Adoptive Chinese Children, Springfield, USA
April 29, 2010:    Ozarks Technical Community College, USA
Sep 22, 2009:      Art and Design Department of Missouri State University
Sep 22, 2009:      Art Department, Drury University, USA
Sep 14, 2009:      Hickory Hills Middle School, Springfield, Missouri, USA
Sep 16, 2009:      Robberson Elementary School, Springfield, Missouri, USA
Sep 18 ,2009:      Bailey Alternative High school, Springfield, Missouri, USA   
Sep,    2009:      Kickapoo High School
Sep 15, 2009:      Sherwood Elementary, Springfield, MO, USA
Sep 25, 2009:      Harrison Elementary School, MO
Sep 12,20,22, 2009: Creamery Art Center, Springfield, Missouri, USA


Sixthly, as an individual, I have made the biggest effort to develop this cross-culture and comprehensive art project, by helping as many as possible students and adults to learn Chinese culture, arts and language by traveling at my own expense, offering free teachings, donating paintings and painting tools and whole of the income of my exhibition. All of these should become friendly seeds of Chinese culture, arts and language on the land of the other culture:

Dec 08, 2013: I donated one of my paintings to Springfield Chinese Church, to thanks the God.

Sep 21, 2013: I sent one of my paintings to Ava Art Guild, MO, to thank their good insight and organized a Chinese Painting Workshop for me at their Art Gallery.

Sep 19, 2013: I sent one of my comprehensive art paintings to Seymour R-II School, MO, to thank their good insight, and help.

May 21 , 2013: I donated   entire income 1000USD in the 12 hours’ exhibition ( 6 days and two hours each day in Pikeville, KY, USA; 40 Chinese   brushes; 6 comprehensive art paintings; 10 rewards includes color brushes, a little cash to my 10 best students, 22 copies of my own painting albums, 5 of my own publications (I sent them from China later) to Pikeville Artisan Alliance at Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, KY, USA, hoping to help the local people   learn Chinese culture and arts and language. I also   sent 13 of my paintings to the people and organizations who   helped me.

May 27, 2012 : I donated my own paintings in Chinese National Academy of Arts to Missouri State University Alumna Association, University Library and E-MBA program relates to China, to thank the school’s good education as its graduate via the alumna event in Beijing.

Oct 03, 2011: I donated 30 Chinese brushes to Leestown Middle School, Lexington, KY, USA to help its students learn Chinese arts.   I sent 10 of my paintings to thank the people or organizations who had helped me.

Sep 30, 2011: I donated one of my paintings to Dixie Magnet Elementary School, to thank their good organization jobs for my 3 demonstrations and one teaching in their school.

May 23, 2010: I donated 64 of my paintings and hoped to found a fund to help the local people to learn Chinese culture, arts and language in Springfield, MO, USA.

Dec 29, 2009: I sent 32 of my paintings to every professor who had taught me, tutors, friends and originations who had helped me to the USA from China.

Sep, 2009:   I donated and entrusted the Springfield Art Council to gave my income of my first art exhibition to the local disabled people organization to memory my deceased American art teacher.


Since 2010, I carried all of the brushes that students used from China. Since 2013, I carried all of the brushes, paper students used from China as well and all of these tools were left to the local organizations to help the development of this project.

2008 to 2013, I have donated and sent about 200 my own paintings, 70 Chinese painting brushes, whole of the income of my exhibition, 70 formal publications ( 70 books and 70 DVDs) , 220 copies of my own 3 albums of my paintings.



The Meaning of E-bridge Cross-culture and Comprehensive Art

1.It creates a new subject areas combining artistic Chinese in Chinese as a foreign language field, creating a new field of study combining Chinese art with Chinese as a foreign language.
  
2. It gives Chinese painting a new function - delivering Chinese culture to other cultures.

3. It is exploring and developing a new business chain and business model.

4. It offers a research sample on how to deliver one culture to the other cultures and on interdisciplinary interaction   

5. It directly help non-Chinese speakers and “ Chinese Fans” to learn Chinese culture, art and language.

This study and exploration got warm welcome and sincere comments from the local American friends and the Hanban (the Office of Chinese Language Council International)/Confucius Institute Headquarters.

For example:

-- In City of Pikeville, Kentucky, the numbers of my classes from the planed 11 hours, changed to be the actual 24 hours May 14 to May 22, 2013;
  
-- In Lexington, Kentucky, as soon as I finished my speech at the Seminar of 2011 Kentucky World Conference, I got 10 invitations from the local American Chinese teachers, because of my time, just I could go to 6 schools of them. And in the Crawford Middle School, I was asked to given 8 lessons in one business day.

-- In Seymour R-II School, after giving 3 Chinese poetry lessons to 3 groups of middle school students, another 3 groups of high school students joined in us; and some students even asked to sing a Chinese poem song when they were painting a Chinese Xieyi Painting.

-- In Beijing, the Division of Teaching Materials at Hanban /Confucius Institute Headquarters
Commented the values of my publication:

The conception of the book is novelty.

From the perspective of foreign language teaching, the publication has combined the graphics, essays, recitations, singing audio and various forms, it has offered the overseas Chinese learners a natural, convenient and artistic approaches to learn Chinese and Chinese classical culture .

The commendable is: the translations of the poems, the paintings, recitations and singings were all completed by Shirley Yiping Zhang, it undoubtedly indicate her good knowledge background and a high artistic and acqierement level.

From the perspective of cultural transmission, with an innovation style, the author created music, paintings for the classical poems, and she wished to endow the ancient Chinese traditional poetry and painting some totally new transmitting forms to deliver Chinese culture abroad should also be worthy of recognition.

三、价值

本书立意新颖。作者张一平女士结合自身专业和兴趣,从多年的外语学习和文化艺术研修经验出发,以中国古典诗歌艺术为载体,创作了这套集合诗歌赏析、绘画、音乐的跨文化综合艺术产品。
从对外汉语教学的角度来看,该出版物图文结合,形式多样,又兼备朗读和歌唱音频,能够为海外的汉语学习者提供一种自然、便捷、艺术地学习汉语和中国古典文化的途径。难能可贵的是,其中的诗歌翻译、配画、朗诵及演唱均由张女士个人完成,这无疑体现出作者丰富的知识背景以及较高的才艺水平。
从文化传播的角度来看,作者创新地为古代诗歌配乐、配画,希望在互联网时代为中国诗画这一古老的传统艺术形式赋予全新的传播形式,其探索中国文化艺术在海外传播新途径的尝试也应该值得肯定。


Problems Facing the E-bridge Cross-culture and Comprehensive Art Project

1. Working far away from the target market, the long distance and short time for travel limit the value of my long-term hard work maximized; I cannot satisfy the needs of the target users.

2. Working as an individual limits the level of research and creation, work speed, and size of the project.

3. Financed entirely by myself, the work speed, size and quality of the project is limited.

4. The development between the online and offline parts of the project are not in balance.

The Options for Developing E-bridge Cross-culture and Comprehensive Art Project:

1.Via a merger, making E-bridge Cross-culture and Comprehensive Art become a part of a big organization, so working on a bigger platform and creating a win-win project.

2.Via being hired, to join in and to work for a big education or art organization, to carry the E-bridge Cross-culture and Comprehensive Art Project into this organization, partly or totally, to develop it on a bigger platform.

3.Via a project cooperation with some middle or small organizations.

4.Via direct investment, to develop the E-bridge Cross-culture and Comprehensive Art project under the control of the fund owner.

5.Via a private E-bridge Cross-culture and Comprehensive Art studio, to continue this project.

6.Via the sale of all of the former work results (art works, web site, copyright), to finish this project.

Now for me, as long as I can see the sun, I will not choose the No. 6, but I will work on the other options. As long as one of them works, that will be good. No matter what happens to me in the future, I will continue to work on the project. The only difference will be the size and speed.

The Main Work of E-bridge Cross-culture and Comprehensive Art in the Upcoming 3 Years:   


-- Try to open 2 or 3 new and unique courses in some American school to teach:

1. Comprehensive and Artistic Chinese, to teach Chinese language (focus Chinese Poetry) and culture (focus the culture relates to the poetry) , by enjoying Painting, Music and Poetry, to create a unique and totally new Chinese language and culture delivering, teaching and studying style and model.

2. Traditional Chinese Painting course, focusing on painting techniques. Try to bring as many traditional as possible skills to the local students and people, to help the local economic development.

-- Continue the study (research) the culture delivering and interdisciplinary interaction style.

   1. General publications.
   2. Academy papers or book.

-- Create Productions and Business Model Continuously.

--Give Web Site the Functions of Exhibition, Selling and Multi- media Teaching

--Establish E-bridge Cross-culture & Comprehensive Art Base in U.S.A. and then in Australia and the other places


Since I am just a student, no matter whether of English or painting, music, writing and every thing,I do hope to improve and develop both this project and myself every day, to create a meaningful, helpful and beautiful career, and to be of service to all people who are interested in Chinese culture, art and language.

I do hope to get your good advice, help, direction and support.

If you or your organization is interested in the E-bridge Cross-culture& Comprehensive Art project and wish to cooperate with, invest in or be a sponsor of it, you are welcome to contact me, I am looking forward to meeting you with a big smile and a grateful heart.   

AppendixMy Endless Gratitude

After recalling and summarizing the journey of my cross-culture and comprehensive art dream seeking, my heart is so warm and it is full of the endless appreciations, so that I could not help thanking the god for sending me so many organizations and individuals as angels, to teach, guide, help, and support me. .

-- As a daughter, mother and sister, I would really like to thank my family members:

My Father – Family’s “ Old Baby ”(joke: the more old, the more like a child) and my first art teacher
My Deceased Mother – My first poetry and music teacher, be alive in my recalling.
My Son -- My hope, happiness and motivation to live, work, study strongly, healthily and positively.
My Deceased Elder Brother – Important supporter of my psychology and closest family member
My Brother – The strong supporter of each of my album of paintings and at any most difficult time.
My Sisters – Important supporters of my psychology.

-- As a full time art student, I would really like to thank Chinese National Academy of Arts and China Central Academy of Fine Arts, the 48 tutors who have taught and directed me face to face in Beijing:

满维起教授 Prof. Weiqi Man – Executive Associate Dean of Chinese Painting School at Chinese National Academy of Arts, my tutor, advisor and art director of my cross- culture and comprehensive art publications.

韩学中教授 Prof. Xuezhong Hai – Director of Teaching Department of Graduate School and Chinese Painting School at Chinese National Academy of Arts, a judge for senior professional title at CNAA. A member of the Council of the Research Society of Chinese Gongbi Zhong Cai (Painting with Exact Delineation and Enriched Colors) of the Chinese Artists Association, my tutor and art director of my series publications.      

吴彤老师Mr. Tong Wu – Deputy Director of Teaching Department of the Chinese Painting School at Chinese National Academy of Arts, my tutor.   

卢文清老师Mr. Wenqing Lu – Instructor of Chinese Flower and Bird Painting and my Class Adviser at Chinese National Academy of Arts. My flower and bird painting tutor.

孙琪老师Mr. Qi Sun - My first tutor at Chinese National Academy of Arts.

郭亚凯老师Mr. Yakai Guo – My first tutor at China Central Academy of Fine Arts.

李刚老师Mr. Gang Li - My first Chinese landscape tutor at China Central Academy of Fine Arts.

The other professors and tutors taught me face to face in CNAA: 田黎明教授Pro. Liming Tian,许俊教授Prof. Xu Jun, 林若曦教授Prof. Ruoxi Lin, 张鸿飞教授Prof. Hongfei Zhang, 苗在新教授Prof. Zaixin Miao, 李乃宙教授Prof. Naizhou Li, 何延吉教授Prof. Yanji He, 韩敬伟教授Prof. Jingwei Han, 曾先国教授Prof. Xianguo Zeng, 王同君教授Prof. Tongjun Wang, 刘选让教授Prof. Xuanrang Liu,   刘万鸣副教授Associate Prof. Wanming Liu, 潘樱副教授Associate Prof. Ying Pang, 赵国经、王美芳老师Mr. Guojing Zhao, Mrs. Meifang Wang, 田云鹏先生Mr. Yunpeng Tian, 曹传真先生Mr. Chuanzhen Cao, 吴冰博士Dr. Bing Wu, 刘波博士Dr. Bong Liu, 曹建华博士Dr. Jianhua Cao and 李雪松老师Mr. Xuesong Li.

The other professors and tutors taught me face to face in CAFA: 唐永力教授Prof. Yongli Tang, 陈平教授Prof. Ping Chen, 李洋教授Prof. Yang Li, 苏百君教授Prof. Baijun Su, 崔晓东教授Prof. Xiaodong Cui, 姚明京教授Prof. Mingjing Yao,李铁生副教授Associate Prof. Tiesheng Li, 刘庆和教授Associate Prof. Qinghe Liu, 于光华教授Associate Prof. Guanghua Yu, 姚舜熙副教授教授Associate Prof. Shunxi Yao, 刘荣副教授Associate Prof. Rong Liu, 毕建勋副教授Associate Prof. Jianxun Bi, 岳黔山副教授Associate Prof. Qianshan Yue, 丘挺副教授 Associate Prof. Ting Qiu, 徐海副教授Associate Prof. Hai Xu, 谢青博士Dr. Qing Xie, 金瑞老师Mr. Rui Jin, 张弓老师Mr. Gong Zhang, 林彬老师Mr. Bin Lin and 张猛老师Mr. Meng Zhang.

-- As a former part time student, I would really like to thank my first art teachers and first vocal music coaches for their good elementary education and directions:

王立人先生Mr. Liren Wang -- My first professional art teacher.

Mr. Charlie K -- My deceased first American painting and music teacher.

陶辉教授Prof. Hui Tao –Art Professor, my first Chinese painting, mainly flower & bird painting teacher.

马萱老师Ms. Xuan Ma – Music teacher, my first vocal music coach and music director of publications.

黄燕老师Ms Yan Huang – Music teacher, my second vocal music coach.

蒙伟业教授Prof. Weiye Meng – Music Professor, my third vocal music coach, music director and piano accompanist of publications.

-- As the author of E-bridge cross-culture and comprehensive art series publications,I would like to thank my publishers and the media for their good help and directions:

王华博士Dr. Hua Wang – President of Guangdong University of Finance & Economics, former vice President of Jinan University and former president of Jinan University Publishing Press, Chief Supervisor of E-bridge Cross-culture Series I.

徐义雄先生Mr. Yixing Xu –Presidents of Jinan University Publishing Press, Chief Supervisor of E-bridge Cross-culture & Comprehensive Art series II.

金凤强先生 Mr. Fengqiang Jin – Assistant President of Jinan University Publishing Press.

杜小陆先生 Mr. Xiaolu Du - Director of Liberal Arts Editorial Office at Jinan University Publishing Press.

黄圣英老师 Ms. Shengyin Huang – Department Director of Jinan University Publishing Press.

梁月秋老师 Ms. Yueqiu Liang – Editor of Jinan University Publishing Press.

苏希嘉博士Dr. Xijia Su – Professor and Academic Deputy Director of the EMBA Program at China Europe International Business School, former Dean of Accounting Department at Hong Kong City University and proof-reader of my first E-bridge translation series publications, 2000-2002. A credible friend.

陈洁平博士Dr. Charles Jieping Chen – Professor, Associate Dean, and Director of EMBA Program at China Europe International Business School, former Dean of Accounting Department at Hong Kong City University, proof-reader of my first E-bridge translation series publications 2000- 2002. A credible friend.

林敏先生Mr. Min Lin – Director of the News Desk of Shenzhen Daily. A credible friend.

Ms. Elizabeth Thompson – Reporter of Appalachian News – Express (Newspaper Office)

Five Radio Broadcasters at East Kentucky Broadcasting

Two Reporters from the TV Station of Pikeville, KY, USA

-- As a graduate who started and developed my cross-culture and comprehensive art dream from the land of America, I would really like to thank my university, all of the professors and staff who have taught me, directed me directly or indirectly in Missouri State University:

Dr. Clifton M Smart – President of Missouri State University.

Dr. Michael T Nietzel – Former President of Missouri State University during I was a student there.

Dr. Belinda McCarthy – Former Provost of Missouri State University.

Mr. Brent Dunn – Vice President of Missouri State University & Executive Director of Missouri State University Foundation.

Dr. James P. Baker – Vice President of Missouri State University.

Dr. Thomas Lane – Associate Vice President of Missouri State University, Director of Plaster Student Union at Missouri State University, sponsor and organizer of my art exhibition in MSU in May, 2010.

Mr. Stephen H. Robinette – Associate Vice President of Missouri State University, Advisor of E-bridge Cross-culture and Comprehensive Art series publications. A reliable friend.

Ms. Robin Lower – Director of the Brick City Art Gallery at Missouri State University, sponsor and organizer of my second art exhibition in MSU, in May, 2010.

Dr. Weirong Yan Schaefer -- Asian Arts and Letters Coordinator of Missouri State University, English tutor of my cross-culture and comprehensive art series publications since 2012.

Mr. Xiaoou Gong – China Program Specialist of College of Business, former private tutor of mine   (2008 - 2010).

Dr. Steve K. Olson – Professor of Missouri State University, corrector of my Chinese poem translation.

Mrs. Hing Wah Hatch – Per course faculty of Missouri State University, logistic supporter of my Chinese art demonstrations in 2009.

Mr. Jerry Hatch - Associate Professor of Missouri State University, logistic supporter of my Chinese art demonstrations in 2009.

Dr. Edward Chang – Professor of Missouri State University, logistic supporter of my exhibition in 2010.

Dr. Yungchen Cheng –Professor of Missouri State University, logistic supporter of my work in Art fest, 2010.

Dr. David Meinert- Associate Dean of the College of Business at Missouri State University, my first professor at MSU.

Ms. Anna Brashers – Administrative Assistant of the College of Business at Missouri State University, A reliable friend.

The other Professors taught me or directed me face to face -- Dr. Kent Ragan, Dr. Parker Richard S, Dr. Keith, Nancy K, Dr. Elizabeth, Dr. Charles Hermans, Dr. Olen Greer, Dr. Carlo Smith, Dr. John Kent, Dr. Randall Sexton, Dr. William Donoher and Professor Glenn Pace.

-- As an artist who dreams to study, explore and create a new and unique way to deliver one culture to the other culture via the interactions of multi-arts, I would really like to thank the organizations and the individuals who helped me find or offer me some opportunities of art exhibitions, teachings, demonstrations and events , or directly bought my art works in the USA.   

饶晓斌先生Mr. Robert Rao – Former tutor of the former International Talent Training Center at Shenzhen Personnel Bureau, references who recommended me for Missouri State University, 2008.

Dr. David Wenhao Liu – My former work partner and private tutor from Stanford University, 2008-2009.

Dr. Bill R Booth – President of Chinese American Cultural Exchange Foundation, Emeritus American art Professor, my art mentor since 2009.   
Mr. Brad Bodenhausen – Director of International Leadership & Training Center of Missouri State University, former Executive Manager of Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of my first art exhibition in 2009, and good backer in 2010. A credible friend.

Ms. Leah Hamilton – Director of Arts Administration Program of Drury University, former Executive Director of Springfield Regional Arts Council, sponsor of my first art exhibition in 2009.

Ms. Stephanie Cramer – Director of Programs and Expositions for Springfield Regional Art Council, art director of my first art exhibition in 2009, and the art show at ArtFest in 2010.

Dr. Hue Ping Chinn & Dr. Peter Meidlinger – Professors of Drury University, supporter of my Chinese art demonstrations in their university in 2009.   

Dr. Gerard, Jessica A – Lead instructor, U.S. History of Ozarks Technical Community College, organizer of my workshops at her college in 2010.   

Ms. Clemens, Catherine L – Former Head of the Humanities and Fine Arts Department at Ozarks Technical Community College, supporter of my art workshop at her college in 2010.

Mr. Randy Barrette – President of Kentucky World Language Association, organizer of 2011 Fall Kentucky World Language Conference, Sep, 2011.

修华静博士Dr. Huajing Maske – Director of the Confucius Institute at University of Kentucky.

王燕老师Mrs. Yan Wang – Former President of Kentucky Chinese Teacher Association, organizer of my presentation at the Chinese Language Seminar in 2011 Fall Kentucky World Language Conference, Sep, 2011.

Ms. Tracy A. Gardner-Snodgrass – Art teacher of Hickory Hills Middle School, organizer of my Chinese comprehensive art demonstration and painting class in her classroom in Sep, 2009.

Mr. Livingston / Ms. Erin Hughes – Head headmaster / art teacher of Robberson Elementary School - organizer of my Chinese comprehensive art demonstrations at their school in Sep, 2009.

Ms. Kanvnila Price / Mr. Dave Cowens – Art teacher / teacher of Bailey Alternative High school, organizer of my Chinese comprehensive art demonstration and painting class at their school in Sep, 2009.

Ms. Cindy Bylander – Art teacher of Kickapoo High School – organizer of my Chinese comprehensive art presentation in her classroom, in Sep, 2009.

Mr. Calvin L allen / Ms. Rosliand – Teachers of Springfield Community Center and organizer of my Chinese comprehensive are and painting class for their students in Creamery Art Center, in Sep, 2009.

Ms. Stephanie Lemons – Art teacher of Sherwood Elementary School and organizer of my Chinese comprehensive art demonstration at her school.

Mr. Kevin Zimmerman – Art teacher of Harrison Elementary School, organizer of my Chinese comprehensive art demonstration and painting class in his classroom.

Mrs. Shanshan Li –   American Chinese teacher of Yates Elementary School, organizer of my 3 Chinese comprehensive art demonstrations at her school, Sep, 2010.

Ms. Tara Isaace, Mrs. Chen Hong, Ms. Rachel Losch – The headmaster, Chinese teacher and art teacher of Dixie Magnet Elementary School – Supporters and organizers of my 3 Chinese comprehensive art demonstrations and a painting class at their school, Sep, 2010.

Mrs. Xuelian Lei – Former American Chinese teacher of Crawford Middle School, organizer of my 8 Chinese comprehensive art demonstrations and classes in her classroom, Sep, 2010.

Mrs. Shanli Zhao - Former American Chinese teacher of Tates Creek High School, organizer of my comprehensive art presentations and demonstrations in her classroom, Sep, 2010.

Mrs. Yiran Zhou – Former American Chinese teacher of Leestown Middle School, organizer of my Chinese comprehensive art presentations in his classroom, Sep, 2010.   

An Art Substitute Teacher of Lexington Traditional Magnet School, organizer of my comprehensive art presentations in her classroom, Sep, 2010.

Mr. Donovan Blackburn – City Manager of City of Peckville, sponsor and supporter of my third art exhibition, teaching and event in his city, May, 2013.   

Mr. Steve St. John –   General Manager of Eastern Kentucky Expo, sponsor of my third art exhibition, May, 2013.

Ms. Leigh Ann Hughes – Former Grant Administrator of City of Pikeville, former Director of Pikeville Artisan Alliance, organizer of my third art exhibition and 24 teaching jobs in her city, Nov, May, 2013.

Mr. Frank Dawahare -- President of Pikeville Artisan Alliance, sponsor of my third art exhibition, May, 2013.

Ms. Minta Chanry - Director of Artisan Alliance / Visitor Center, message transmitter 2009 – 2013.

Mr. Eddie Liu – Owner of Beijing Restaurant of Pikeville, sponsor of the advertisement of my third art exhibition in the USA, 2013.

Mrs. Paula Smith -- Art teacher of Pikeville High School, organizer of my 9 poetry and painting classes at her school, May, 2013.

Ms. Paula Martin – Art teacher of Pikeville Elementary School, organizer of my 12 poetry & painting classes in her school, May, 2013.

Ms. Bami Lucas– Art teacher of Pikeville Central School, organizer of my first poetry class at her school, 2013.

Mrs. St. John –   Wife of Mr. Steve St. John bought a Chinese Mogu Painting, the first buyer of my 3 rd art exhibition, May 10, 2013.   

Mrs. Garlene Layne- Abshire – Art teacher of North Point Academy, bought a Chinese comprehensive art painting at my 3rd art exhibition, May 10, 2013.

Mr. Frank Caven - Bought two Xieyi Flower & Bird Paintings at my 3 rd art exhibition May 10, 2013.   

Mrs. Emma Jones – An attorney Bought a Xieyi Flowers & Bird Painting at my 3rd art exhibition, May 12, 2013.   

Dr.John Howie – Professor of Pikeville University, bough a Xieyi landscape painting at my 3rd art exhibition, May 13, 2013.

Dr. Nicole Schnopp-Wyatt – Bought a Xieyi Flowers & Bird Painting at my 3 rd art exhibition, May 12, 2013

A Young Man – Bought a Mogu Flower & Bird Painting at my 3 rd art exhibition, May 11, 2013

Mr. D. Bruce Denny – Superintendent of Seymour R-II Public School,supporter of my Chinese comprehensive art , Chinese painting and poetry teaching at his school, Sep, 2013.

Mrs. Wanda Nava – Art teacher of Seymour R-II Public School, organizer of my Chinese comprehensive art presentations, demonstrations and teachings at her school 21 times May, 2010 and Sep, 2013. A credible friend.
  
Mrs. Crayl Posada - Stillings -- President of Ava Artist Guild, organizer of my Chinese comprehensive art workshop at their art gallery, Sep, 2013.   

Ms. Riann Lubinski -- President of Northwest District Art Teacher Association organizer of my Chinese comprehensive art presentation at Drury University, Nov, 2013.

Mrs. Kat Allie – Department Chair of Art & Humanities and Fine Art Gallery Manager of OTC, sponsor and organizer of my 4th art exhibition in the USA at her college, Feb 7 – 28 , 2014.

Ms. Kim Flores, Miss Peggy Hanes and Miss Cassie Fox – Manager and Librarians of the Brentwood Branch Library, sponsors of my 5th art exhibition in the USA in their library, the last half year, 2014.

Ms. Meganne Rosen & Ms. Laura Provance – Owners of the Arts & Letters Store, Springfield, U.S.A. my agent and sponsor of my 6 th art exhibition in the USA, 2015.

Mr. Jay Nixon -- Governor of Missouri State, U.S.A.

Ms. Shuhong Xu – Consul of Education Section of Consulate of China ( Chicago )

Dr. David Manuel – President of Drury University.

Dr. Rebecca D. Burrell – Education Faculty & Consultant of Drury University.

Dr. Gloria J. Galanes -- Dean of College of Art and Letter at Missouri State University.

Prof. Carolyn Cardenas – Head of Art and Design Department at Missouri State University.

Dr. Jason R. Jolley – Head of Modern and Classical Language Department at Missouri State University.

Mr. Patrick Sells & Dr Pam Sells – Instructor of Missouri State University & Supervisor / Instructor of Pittsburg State University.

Dr. Dennis Hart -- Director of the Visiting International Professionals Program at Michigan State University.

朱斌同学/李梅女士Mr. Bin Zhu & Mrs. Mei Li– My former classmate of Missouri State University and his wife, the best logistics supporter of my project and travel in the USA since Oct, 2013.

杨广印/ 刘治平同学 Mr. Guangyin Yang and Mr. Zhiping Liu – My former classmates of China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

-- As an explorer who wants to explore and find a new and helpful way to deliver one culture to the other culture, produce some unique and convenient creations to benefit the target users, explore and establish a business model to develop the project itself, I would really like to thank the leaders, experts and friends of insight for their good help:

江泓博士Dr. Hong Jiang – Former Vice Minister of Propaganda Department of the Central Committee of the Youth League, economist and calligrapher for his good instruction and for he has written an inspiration for me in person:“ 静心如莲Jing Xin Ru Lian – Keep a peaceful heart just like a water lily. ”

霍学文博士Dr. Xuewen Huo –   Secretary of Party Leadership Group and Deputy Director of Beijing Municipal Bureau of Financial Work, a credible friend.

马英先生Mr. Yin Ma – Secretary-General of an International Association.

蒋亚平教授Mr. Yaping Jiang – The founder and the first Chief Editor of People's Daily online, Nieman Fellow of Harvard University, Advisor of E-bridge Series Cross-culture & Comprehensive Art project and series publication, former boss and guide, a credible friend.

张根记先生Mr. Genji Zhang – Secretary- General of Beijing Zhanxiang Gao Foundation for Culture and Art.

单成彪先生Mr. Chengbiao Shan –Vice Editor-in-Chief of People’s Daily Online.

王咏赋先生Mr. Yongfu Wang – Vice-Editor-in-Chief of Overseas Edition of People’s Daily.

刘昼先生Mr. Zhou Liu – President of Fortune Venture Capital Co. Ltd.

赵明亮先生Mr. Mingliang Zhao – Senior Reporter of the Xinhua News Agency.

王一辰先生Mr. Yichen Wang – Department Director of chinanews.com.

王锦红老师Ms. Jinhong Wang, 刘妍老师Ms Yan Liu, 刘兵先生 Mr. Ling Liu – Experts and Director of Division of Teaching Materials of Hanban /Confucius Institute Headquarters.

袁丽老师 Ms. Li Yuan – From Hanban /Confucius Institute Headquarters

-- As the owner of a web site, the author of some series publications and the creator of E-bridge cross-culture and comprehensive art, I would really like to thank my work partners and cooperators:

张全先生Mr. Charlie Quan Zhang – Assistant general manager of the Network Company, Director of Department at Securities Times News Paper Office,   my work partner and assistant (Volunteer 1995 -2013) . A credible friend.

Mr. Mike Joyce – My English Tutor and Work partner and from Britain (Volunteer since 2002). A credible friend.

周红叶女士 Mrs.Hongye Zhou – Designer of my last series publication (Volunteer since 2009).

张汉南先生 Mr. Hannan Zhang – Design Director of a Company, developer of my new web site which will be online in the near future in 2014.

-- As a traveler, I would really like to thank the manager of the hotels and the apartments for their high level management, warm and considerate service in the USA; meanwhile, to thank all of the friends who have looked after my home and something else in China.

Mr. Lonnie Funk -- President of Rolling Oaks Group of Companies LLC, Springfield, MO, U.S.A.

Mr. Tony Martine -- Assistant Community Director of Jefferson, Springfield, MO, U.S.A.

Mr. Sam Keith -- General Manager of Hampon Inn Pikeville, KY, U.S.A.

Ms. Leigh Anne Garren -- department manager of University Plaza, Springfield, MO, U.S.A.

Mrs. Harriet Mears – Honor Doctor of Drury University, my free accommodation provider in 2010.

Mr. Joe Jenkins – Entrepreneur, free storage provider (looked after my 64 paintings) May, 2010 – July, 2011.   

Mrs. Pat Hickey – American “Elder Sister” who offered most assistance in my health care in 2010. A credible friend.

Mr. Xiao Qiu – My “temporary son” who offered the most considerate help in the USA 2010.

Mr. Zhong Li – Manager of an international company in Australia, a reliable friend.

孙满博士 / 廖肖群女士Dr. Man Sun / Mrs. Xiaoqun Liao -- Former colleagues, the most reliable friends.
高晓璐 Mrs.Xiaolu Go, 陈丽君 Mrs. Lijun Chen - Former colleagues and reliable friends.

张树良 Mr. Shuliang Zhang , 于延杰 Mrs. Yanjie Yu -- Former colleagues and reliable friends.

-- As a patient who had “ escaped ” from the hospitals or a surgery for I wanted to perform some cross-culture and comprehensive art work promise while to fight with the sickness at the same time; For I wish to offer as much knowledge as possible in my mind and as many skills as possible in my hands when I am alive, draw a clear outline and establish a suitable business model for my E-bridge cross-culture and comprehensive art dream, let it be able to continue and be able to push forward by someone else when cannot work on it. I would really like to thank my doctors and nurses whose names I know or do not know in so many hospitals:   

张秋娟教授Dr. Qiujiuan Zhang – Executive Vice-President of Shenzhen Far-East Women’s and Children’s Hospital. A credible friend.

刘郁博士Dr. Liu Yu –   Department Head and Chief physician of Beijing University Shenzhen Hospital.

袁致东医生Dr. Zhidong Yuan / 林琦医生 Dr. Qi Lin – Doctors of Beijing University Shenzhen Hospital.

刘映霞博士Dr. Yinxia Liu – Department Head and Chief Physician of Shenzhen Third People’s Hospital.

宋阳医生Dr. Yang Song – Doctor of Shenzhen First People’s Hospital.

刘蓉主任Dr. Rong Liu – Department Head of   Shenzhen Armed Police Force Hospital.

龚敏护士长Mrs. Gong Min – Head-Nurse of Shenzhen Second People’s Hospital. A credible friend

邓医生Dr. Deng --   from Shenzhen Futian People Hospital

-- As a former employee, I do not know how to thank my former and last bosses and colleagues who had approved me to study in the USA; and then refused my application to retire ahead for the sicknesses, but gave me a sick leave and allowed to go anywhere, then I could be able to study arts in Beijing.

周明先生 Mr. Ming Zhou – General Manager of China Securities Depository and Clearing Co., Ltd, former Vice General Manager of Shenzhen Stock Exchange, former President of Shenzhen Securities Information Co. Ltd, my former boss.

郑颂博士Dr. Song Zheng – General Manager of Shenzhen Securities Information Co. Ltd, General Manager of Shenzhen City Panorama Network Company, my former boss.

副德伟博士Dr. Dewei Fu -- Former Deputy General Manager of Shenzhen Securities Information Co. Ltd, my former colleague.

赵文奇博士 Dr. Wenqi Zhao – Deputy General Manager of China Securities Index Co., Ltd, former Deputy General Manager of Shenzhen Securities Information Co. Ltd, my former colleague.

张华先生Mr. Hua Zhang - Deputy General Manager of Shenzhen Securities Information Co. Ltd, former Executive Deputy General Manager of Shenzhen City Panorama Network Company, my former colleague.   

武凤仪先生 Mr. Fengyi Wu – Former President and Editor-in-Chief of Securities Times Newspaper Office, my former boss and the most important guide in my way to grow up as a management.

-- As a Christian, I would really like to thank these kind messengers of the God who have led me go to the God in Springfield, MO, USA:
Mr. John David Lawson & His 4 Missionaries, –Institute Director of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, my first American friend in Springfield, my Bible teacher since 2008.
Dr. Wenping Qiu & Lisa Han – Professor of Missouri State University, Head of the Campus Chinese Baptist Church, Springfield.

Mr. Philip Cheuk & Mrs. Cheuch – Pastor of Springfield Assembly Chinese Church and his wife.

Dr. Yuhuan Qiao & Mr. Xinyuan Zhu – Professor of Missouri State University, interpreter of Springfield   Assembly Chinese Church and her husband.

Mr. Qian Liu – Interpreter of my ceremony of baptism at Springfield Assembly Chinese Church,

Ms. Carissa Griffin – Bible teacher, school bus driver and a parent of my American student.

Mr. Michael Rorich & Mrs. Lynn Rorich - Instructors of Missouri State University and Bible teachers at Springfield Assemblies Chinese Church.

Especially, I would like to thank Mrs. Kat Allie – the Department Chair of Fine Arts and Humanities, Fine Art Gallery Manager and Ozark Technical Community College, just for her good insight, offer and help, my 4th art exhibition will be held at their beautiful art gallery in the downtown of Springfield, MO, U.S.A. Feb 7 – 28, 2014, then I could have this opportunity to recall and summarize my study, thinking and exploration on my cross-culture and comprehensive art project and dream, and to edit this album.

I would like to thank 包殷珺女士Mrs. Bao Yinjun – Designer and Printer of my 4 albums of paintings 2010 – 2014, for her hard work and urgent assistances before I started an international travel. Especially now, I am working with her from America in my travel.      

I would like to thank the urgent assistances from Dr. Bill R. Booth, Mr. Jerry Taylor, Mr. Franklin Salveson, Ms. Carissa Griffin, Mrs. Wanda Nava and Mr. Philip Nava from America, Mr. Ross from Australia, for they have corrected my writing when I was suffering the sharp headache during I was editing this album. I would also like to thank Dr. Jessica Gerard and Ms. Caryn Fox for they would like to give me a hand. Especially, I would like to thank my English English tutor Mr. Mike Joyce for his constant help when he itself needed help during this album was edited.

I would also like to thank all of my readers and friends who have come to my web site; thank the friends and students who have come to the exhibition alls, art gallery, my classrooms, hotel, temporary apartment or a café to learn Chinese culture, arts and language in my travels. Just for your coming, let me realize the value of my project and I myself, gives me the huge encouragement and strength to work on the extremely hard and extremely enjoyable work for 13 years.

I would really like to remember and to return all of you with my continuous effort on the cross-culture and comprehensive art study and exploration, to help more people in the world with a grateful heart.


If you or your organization is interested in my idea and wish to have a cooperation with me, you are welcome to connect me, I am looking forward to meeting you. If you have any questions, comments and suggestions, please write to info@ebridge.cn ; you are welcome to publish your opinions in Message Board as well.

Shirley Yiping Zhang


Jan 17, 2014

Written in Springfield, MO, USA

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