Dancing in the Park

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Pieces of China is an online series using objects to tell the story of China. If you visit any large park in China, particularly in the morning, you are likely to see groups of dancers and others exercising, often to music. Synchronized dancing, especially popular with retirees, is estimated to be enjoyed by more than 100 million men and women across China.

Join us for this episode of Pieces of China, as Sabina Knight, Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature at Smith College, talks about her experience joining dancers and taiji practitioners and reflects on what she sees as a social movement committed to health and community. For many, collective movement practices offer an alternative to the “turbo-charged capitalism” that has consumed the lives of many city dwellers. This program was presented on March 3, 2022.

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