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TAsian Heritage Awards features world renowned calligrapher


    World renowned calligrapher Bin Zhou, whose work has been featured at the United Nations, will demonstrate his art at the Tenth Annual Asian Heritage Awards Sept. 14, 2013 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina, 333 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego.
    
Guests attending the function will have an opportunity to watch as he creates several works of art on silk that will be auctioned off during the program. A special area will be set aside in the reception area outside the ballroom where the gala will be held. Professor Zhou is following up an appearance at last year’s Asian Heritage Awards, where three of his pieces were auctioned.
    
The event this year will honor UCSD Chancellor Pradep Khosla, philanthropist Dennis Avery and achievement in 11 categories ranging from entrepreneurship to technology during what has been called “the largest and most glamorous event for the Asian community” in Southern California. To reserve a seat or table, sponsor any part of the event or for additional information, go to http://www.asianheritageawards.com/reserve-desk.html
    
In 2012, as a visiting scholar at New York University, Professor Zhou was invited by the U.N. to be a guest speaker at its annual Chinese Day event, attended by many distinguished delegates, including Secretary-General Ki-Moon Ban. The delegates were so impressed that Zhou was invited to teach calligraphy as part of a United Nations cultural program. One of those who ended up a student was the secretary-general himself.
    
Secretary-General Ki-Moon Ban is passionate at learning Chinese calligraphy. His grandfather was a calligrapher who was commissioned by many temples throughout Korea due to his fame. According to Professor Zhou, with his grandfather’s strong influence, Secretary-General Ki-Moon Ban always hoped to develop his own calligraphy skills and his dream was finally made possible after Professor Zhou became his tutor.
    
After two months, one of the secretary-general’s works, “He Ping (Peace),” was exhibited at the United Nations’ Chinese New Year Calligraphy Exhibition as a tribute to his endeavor in promoting world peace.
    
Professor Zhou has praised Ki-Moon Ban for his diligence. “Despite his hectic work schedule, Secretary-General Ki-Moon Ban always makes time for his Chinese calligraphy lessons and practices often on his own,” he said.
    
As a highly acclaimed Chinese calligraphy artist, Professor Zhou has many students around the world and is considered a dedicated envoy in spreading Chinese culture by promoting Chinese calligraphy internationally.
    
Born in Shanghai, China, he received his Ph. D. degree in Chinese Language and Literature at East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai; he then completed his post-doctoral research on Chinese Calligraphy Documentation at Zhejiang University. His thesis was later published and on display at the Ninth National Calligraphy and Seal-engraving Exhibition Forum and at the Eighth National Seminar on Calligraphy Studies.  
    
Currently, he is an appraisal specialist of the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (CPSF); Director of the ECNU Chinese Calligraphy Education and Psychological Research Centre; and professor and doctoral supervisor of ECNU’s School of Arts and School of Communication. He also holds many prestigious positions at various academies, societies, and associations in China.
    
Professor Zhou had also produced many publications, among them A Study on Ruan Yuan’s Calligraphic Theory, A Study on the Variants in Dongba Characters, and Follow Prof. Zhou Bin to Learn Calligraphy (VCD). He is also recipient of the Xie Yaliu Calligraphic Art Nomination Award, one of the top honors in Calligraphy art in China, and his contributions have been recognized and awarded by the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation and the China Ministry of Education as a “New Century’s Outstanding Talent.”

 
 
 
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