Ann-ping Chin, Senior Lecturer, Department of History and Wei Su, Senior Lector, East Asian Languages and Literatures
The East Asia Library is pleased to announce that a NEW exhibit, “Fragrance of the Past: Remembering Ch’ung-ho Chang Frankel (1913-2015)” has just been set up in the East Asian Reading Room. This special exhibit is to commemorate Ch’ung-ho Chang Frankel 張充和 (1913-2015) who passed away on June 17, 2015, aged 102. Hailed as “the last talented woman of the Republic of China” (民國最後一位才女), Ch’ung-ho was a renowned poet, calligrapher, educator, and Kunqu expert. Born on May 17, 1913 in Shanghai, she was the daughter of Zhang Wulin 張武齡, a well-known educator who originally came from Hefei, Anhui Province. Ch’ung-ho practiced calligraphy and Kunqu opera throughout her life. She started to learn calligraphy at age 5 and Kunqu at age 16. She later studied calligraphy with Shen Yinmo 沈尹默, a famous calligrapher, in Chongqing. Ch’ung-ho was married to the late Hans H. Frankel, a prestigious sinologist and translator who taught at Yale from 1961 until his retirement in 1987. Ch’ung-ho taught calligraphy and Kunqu at more than twenty universities, including Harvard and Yale. This exhibit will run through October 13.
In conjunction with this new exhibit, this special event will include Chinese Kunqu opera performances by New York Kunqu Society and talks by Ann-ping Chin (History) and Wei Su (East Asian Languages & Literatures).