Newsletter #139

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Dear Friend,

The holiday season is in full swing. Whether you need decorations for your home or tree, gifts for friends and family, stocking stuffers for the kids, or just a little quiet distraction for yourself, can help. To provide extra inspiration, we have added some fabulous new products including Chinese cultural and language books for adults, interactive CD-ROM story and activity books for kids, and 2005 calendars to start the New Year off right. Take some time to browse through our site. You're sure to find many wonderful gift and decorating ideas that will make this holiday special.


Splendid Christmas Tree Decorations!Christmas Tree Decorations


ChinaSprout has a wonderful collection of Asian-inspired ornaments to brighten your home this holiday season. Choose from delicate hand-painted glass globes, colorful cloisonne ornaments, or delightful handmade cloth decorations. Many of these lovely ornaments come packaged in a beautiful gift box, making them perfect to give for secret santa presents or gift exchanges, or as heirloom ornaments for your children. Visit our Holiday Page to see all of the very special decorations that ChinaSprout has to offer.

ChinaSprout Offers Free Ornaments!


We're spreading a bit of holiday cheer early this year. As a way to express our appreciation for your patronage, we are extending a special offer to customers who spend over $75 at ChinaSprout from November 30th to December 13th. If your purchase exceeds $75, you can receive one FREE gift ornament. To take advantage of this offer, simply add the ornament of your choice, item #A694 or #A696 in the shopping cart and enter the code 1101768621 in the coupon code box at check out. Hurry and take advantage of these FREE gifts while supplies last.


ChinaSprout 2005 CatalogRequest Catalog 


We are pleased to announce that our 2005 catalog is now available for your holiday shopping convenience. Please be sure and sign up to receive copies for yourself, friends and family today. Have you purchased products or requested a catalog in the past? Don’t worry, we have you on file and will automatically mail one to you. Catalogs were sent out last week, so you may already have received yours. If you have moved, please let us know your new mailing address so that we can ensure delivery to you. Click here to request a catalog for yourself or for a friend today!

New Arrivals from China

Silver Bell Bracelet

Accessories and Home Decor...

ChinaSprout has added beautiful brocade coin purses, and elegant bracelets, and necklaces, which would make thoughtful presents for gift exchanges. For the kids' stockings, we have added panda balloons and brocade baby shoes! And, be sure to check out our latest ink and watercolor paintings, for the art lover on your list.

 Year of Rooster 2005 Wall Calendar

2005 Calendars and Books About China...

Three more calendars have been added to our extensive collection of calendars commemorating the Year of the Rooster. If you are interested in learning more about the Chinese culture, then you will love our latest books, which cover topics ranging from Chinese calligraphy to traditional and minority costumes, to gardens and architecture.

 Pucca Bracelet

HSK Materials...

These HSK materials are a must for anyone interested in serious study of the Chinese language. Developed to support students taking the Chinese Proficiency Exam (HSK), this selection of Workbooks, Audio Cassettes, and Simulated Tests will help prepare you as you master the Chinese language.

 The Little Prince

Books to Learn About Chinese Language and Culture...

We have new books for the beginning Chinese language learner to the proficient Chinese reader. Those just starting to learn Chinese will find our language books truly useful tools to their development. For advanced readers, ChinaSprout is proud to add even more popular contemporary books in Chinese. Kids will also love to read a classic favorite in Chinese and English or learn about the Chinese New Year.


CD-ROMs and VCDs for Kids...

Children will enjoy themselves for hours with these engaging, interactive story packs, which include a CD-ROM, VCD, CD, activity book, and stickers. They can also learn Chinese using the Learn Chinese Characters VCD and book series. Your kids will have so much fun, they'll forget they're learning!   

 Yi-Ching Music Water and Fire


Bring back old memories or create new ones with music from ChinaSprout. Our latest CD selections range from Chinese classical music to popular songs from the 1950s to the contemporary music of Coco Lee and Elva Hsiao.

 Wahaha Children's Dances


Learn about China from the comfort of your own living room. Choose from ChinaSprout's VCD selections on dance, traditional foods, or regional travel to discover many wonderful things about the land, culture, and people of this great country.

 Havoc in Heaven


What kid wouldn't love to get one of these DVDs in their Christmas stocking? Choose from the favorite, mischevious Monkey King, who is always off on another exciting advernture or from one of the classic American cartoons, like Tom and Jerry, made new again in bilingual format.

 Chinese Character Workbook

Save up to 30% for FCC Calendar

ChinaSprout in Glamour Magazine! 

Do you know you can save up to 30% if you order 25 copies of this ever popular FCC "From China With Love" calendar ? Featuring adorable photos of girls and boys adopted from China, these calendars make great gifts for friends and family! The proceeds from this calendar go to support Chinese children who remain in orphanages and Chinese Cultural Heritage learning opportunities for FCC-Indiana kids. Order the calendar now. Single and multiple copies are also available.

China TV

The China Related TV list is compiled weekly by Kirby Bartlett-Sloan. Kirby, an adoptive parent of three Chinese girls, has one of the most comprehensive TV listings of programs on China and from China that are in the English language.


The Amazing Panda Adventure (1995)

The fate of a Chinese wildlife preserve hinges on two children who join forces to rescue a panda cub from poachers.Director: Christopher Cain Performers: Yi Ding, Huang Fei, Stephen Lang, Ryan Slater Rating: PG
Monday November 29, 2004 8:00am-9:30am on WAM! - Movie / Adventure

The Drew Carey Show - "The High Road to China"

When Mimi strands Drew in China he has neither passport nor money. (Note: Marking the first time an American sitcom has ever filmed in mainland China, portions of the episode were shot on location at the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven and in the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.)
Monday November 29, 2004 3:00pm-3:30pm on TBS - Turner Superstation - Network Series / Comedy

China: The Dragon's Ascent - The Health Culture.

Many around the world are looking to China for new directions in healthcare. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is the sole ancient form of medicine to survive into the modern age as a major component of a state health-care system. But just as millions outside China are turning to TCM for inspiration, the Chinese are fiercely debating its future. Why do some Chinese hold on to this unique approach to healthcare? Why are others such as Dr. Liu Luming, Head of Oncology at a major cancer hospital, determined to combine the ancient approach with western medicine? The treatment Dr. Liu uses to treat seriously ill cancer patients is manufactured from an ancient recipe by one of the fastest growing producers of TCM medicines, who hopes to export it to the West. Today, TCM is a multi-billion dollar industry.
Thursday December 02, 2004 7:00am-8:00am on HIST - The History Channel - History


More listings... 

China in the News

A Village Preserves A Shangri-La

New York Times, November 21, 2004

I was in Yunnan Province in southwestern China, only a few miles from Lijiang, a Unesco World Heritage site and one of China's loveliest cities. Its old town of cobblestone lanes were crisscrossed with perfectly clean canals, and in the distance, the 18,360-foot Jade Dragon Snow Mountain towered over the green landscape of corn and young barley fields. The local people, a minority called the Naxi (pronounced NAH-shee), have preserved some of their traditional matriarchal society and, from what I could see, all of their incredible tradition of hospitality to strangers.

Read the full story here


Silk Road 

New York Times, November 21, 2004

The pounding drums drew me into the alley. Stepping off the main street, I saw an old man with a thick beard and a white skullcap sitting in front of a shop, banging an insistent, Arab-sounding rhythm on a hand drum. Next to him, a younger man with thin stubble kept up a keening wail, like a snake charmer, on a tiny flute.

Read the full story here


Steamy Times Come to Chinese Films

New York Times, November 29, 2004

Early in Zhang Yimou's "House of Flying Daggers," the hero, Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro), unsheathes a sword to slice the buttons off a showgirl's robe. This scandalizes onlookers despite the setting - a brothel. Later, the drunken Jin pulls the dancer to the ground, flips her over and tears her dress.

Read the full story here


Searching for Scenes From Shanghai's Lost Past 

New York Times, November 28, 2004

NOW and again throughout history, there have been cities that seem to define what is modern, to which people of all descriptions have been drawn together by ambitions for power, money and pleasure, along with the sense of seemingly unlimited possibility that can attend the birth of an era and sometimes the death of one, too.

Read the full story here


Chinese Wisdom of the Week

"Jingwei Fills Up the Sea" is a Chinese idiom, which tells a story from remote antiquity. It is said that during this time, King Yan had a daughter. "One day she went to the East Sea to play and was accidentally drowned. After her death she became a brave and beautiful bird, and was called the jingwei bird, in imitation of her cry. She was determined to fill up the sea. So every day she would pick up twigs and pebbles from the East Mountain and drop them into the sea. This idiom describes an indomitable will to achieve one's goal regardless of all difficulties," from 100 Common Chinese Idioms and Set Phrases.


We should all strive to be like Jingwei, always working to achieve our goals, no matter how difficult the task may seem or how daunting the barriers may be.


Your Friends,

The ChinaSprout Team

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