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Indonesia: Ethnic Chinese Perform Thank You Indonesia

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

top chinese artist Indonesia is already applying law no. 40, established last year to end discrimination against minorities and ethnic groups in the country.

To show their gratitude, the Indonesia-Chinese Forum and the Indonesia National Institute will hold a musical drama titled, Thank You Indonesia this Friday at the Jakarta International Expo.

[Murdaya W. Poo, Indonesia Nationality Institute Chairman]:
The validity of this law set on October 28, 2008 is an amazing prize for Indonesia people, mainly the Chinese people in Indonesia. Its an amazing red envelope. Now Chinese people can freely interact with the other 300 ethnic goups in Indonesia. This is an amazing issue.

Both Indonesian and Chinese art and culture are combined in the show. The drama will illustrate how ethnic Chinese people now have the same rights as Indonesian citizens. Many top artists will perform, including Titiek Puspa, Iga Mewarni, Helena, Judika Idol, and Koko-Cici Jakarta.

[Titiek Puspa, Musical Drama Artist]:
We feel thankful to the government, which already published the law. Like well perform how the Javanese peoples conflict with the Batak people. How every ethnicity is in some conflict. At the end, I come in to stop this conflict; I tell them that nowadays there is a new law. Now we have the same rights and duties.

Indonesia President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono plans to watch the drama. He will probably receive much appreciation from the ethnic-Chinese at the show.

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The Art of Chinese Face Mask Changing

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

top chinese artist 变脸, 變臉, Biàn Liǎn more commonly known as face changing is a 300 year old tradition set within Chinese Sichuan opera that began during the reign of the Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795).

Originally performers would blow into a bowl of coloured powder which would stick to their well oiled skin to actors smearing themselves with paint that would be hidden within the palms of their hands.

The focus of the art is to represent mood and emotion as an actor performs their piece with blacks and reds representing anger and fury while blues would represent calmness.

Biàn Liǎn is a hugely popular art-form with the Chinese being very proud of its history and skill and it shows as crowds still flock today to see the best performers. It has even the source for a 1996 film The King of Masks.

Very few people have been taught Biàn Liǎn and has mainly continued via lineage, although it is noted there are a few people outside of China who can perform this and one Hong Kong pop star Andy Lau had allegedly paid a substantial sum to learn the art but he is yet to master it.

One modern day performer of face changing is He Hongqing who is a master of the art and has practised for many years, he also makes all of his own masks!

The 45-year-old He makes all the brightly coloured masks, which he switches at mind-boggling speed at popular performances, himself and usually wears 10 layers at one show.

The beauty of his art, He says, lies in its secrecy.

“What is amazing about face changing is its mystery. Through performance and movements, performers are in effect playing with magic. In fact, face changing is a kind of magic,” said He.

He can slip off his masks within a fraction of a second, and has been deemed the fastest face changing artist in the country by state-run China Central Television.

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