Newsletter #151

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Dear Friend,

Prepare for Father's Day and the end of school by shopping at ChinaSprout, where you will find great gifts for teachers, Dads, and grads! Visit our Father's Day and Teacher's Page for unique and thoughtful gift ideas for the influential people in your life. As a special treat, we are also offering an extra free gift of a 2005 calendar with any purchase of $25 or above. Be sure to check out our latest product additions, which include lovely accessory and clothing items, home decor products, books, music, and DVDs. Shop now to take advantage of our Frequent Shopper program and you will get the chance to save up to 10% on all of your ChinaSprout purchases.

Gifts for Fathers!  

Father's Day is June 19th. Show the special men in your life how much they mean to you with a present from ChinaSprout. We have many fabulous gift ideas including the traditional ties and cufflinks (with a special ChinaSprout flair) to remarkable books, music, clothing, and more.  Visit ChinaSprout's Father's Day Page to find gifts you won't find anywhere else. Your father is one-of-a-kind. His gift should be, too! ChinaSprout also offers complimentary Father's Day E-cards for you to send to dads near and far.

Gifts for Teachers!  


The school year is quickly coming to a close. Many of you will be looking for a special little present to say "thank you" to the teachers who have dedicated themselves to your children over the past year. ChinaSprout's Teacher's Page has many beautiful gift ideas including bookmarks, mugs, purses, photo albums, journals, and more….all with a Chinese theme. Share a ChinaSprout treasure and let your child's teachers know that you truly appreciate all that they do. ChinaSprout also has a complimentary E-card service, where you can personalize and send a free Teacher Thank You E-card to the special teachers in your life.


Receive FREE Calendars


ChinaSprout is offering an extra FREE gift for Fathers and Teachers. With any purchases of $25 or above, you will receive a FREE Calendar for the Year of Rooster. To take advantage of this offer, enter coupon code 1109004267 while on the shopping cart page. This offer is valid, while supplies last. Please make your purchases early before our special gift items are sold out.

Frequent Shopper Program!


We have brought back our popular ChinaSprout Rewards Program as a way to say thank you to our loyal customers. The more that you shop at ChinaSprout, the more you will save. Your purchases began accumulating on March 22nd. Once you have reached $200 in total purchases from ChinaSprout, you will automatically be enrolled in the ChinaSprout Rewards Program. It's that easy! To find out how to save up to 10% on ALL of your ChinaSprout purchases, visit our Rewards page.

New Products

Eternity Mandarin Jackets

Cloisonné Cosmetic Boxes  

Chinese Character T-shirts for Girls 

Dragon Filter Tea Cup

Apparel for Adults and Kids…

Whether you are simply hanging out with friends or dressing up for an evening out, ChinaSprout has some great new apparel items for any occassion. Our Chinese character and zodiac T-shirts for kids and adults are great for a casual day at the park. For evening, change into one of our jackets, shirts, or Cheongsams for a dramatic impact. Many of these items make great Father's Day gifts and are a departure from the traditional tie!



ChinaSprout has added a Pucca Wallet and Panda Clock Keychain, which will delight both the young and the young at heart. No matter what your age, you are sure to appreciate the endless uses for our newest purses and cosmetic boxes. For an adult evening out, use a sheer and elegant silk scarf to dress up a simple outfit on a cool summer evening. All of these items would make thoughtful end of the year gifts for your favorite teachers.


Home Decor…

Summer can be filled with endless activities. Make a little time for yourself and relax. Take a few minutes to add a special oil painting or wall decoration to your home. Spend a quiet hour reading with a cup of tea in one of our filter tea cups. Or, protect your special summer moments for posterity by placing your photos in one of our beautiful new photo albums.



Kids and parents alike will enjoy ChinaSprout's latest learning tools. Choose from adult Chinese language textbooks, dictionaries, and HSK tests or children's flash cards and ancient stories. After studying, take some time for fun and work together to create a delicious Chinese meal using our Fun With Asin Food cookbook.


DVD and Music…

We have added enchanting traditional folk songs and Erhu music to our ever-expanding CD selection. You can also now purchase Black Duck's 3rd and 4th CDs in their "New Collections" series. Those interested in the subject of Chinese adoption will find "The Red String" DVD a real tug at the heartstrings, as it follows the lives of four baby girls who are adopted from China and go to America for a new life with a new family.


Popular Products are Back…

Some of our best selling products are now back in stock!  Our shelves are full again with popular books, music, clothes, accessories, arts & crafts, toys, and more. Do not miss out on your chance to purchase these highly anticipated items before they sell-out again!



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China in the News

Gliding Along the Water in the Land of the Eternal Sky 

New York Times, May 8, 2005

One thing to keep in mind if you ever go to Mongolia: Watch what you say about Genghis Kahn. Westerners may think of him as a marauding savage (albeit the ruler of one of the largest empires the world has ever known), but to the people of Mongolia he is a visionary leader who created international law, abolished torture, granted religious freedom and developed the first and a highly efficient international postal system.

Get the whole story here

Composing Piano Pieces for the Floor of a Gallery 

New York Times, May 12, 2005

Tan Dun, the composer, is pacing nervously. He is at a fashionable art gallery here, dressed head to toe in black. And he is awaiting the arrival of a French delegation that includes the wife of the French prime minister.

Get the whole story here

Asian-Inspired Cooking with Tyler Florence  

NPR Weekend Edition, May 7, 2005 
Linda Wertheimer spends a day in New York City shopping and cooking with Florence in his Chinatown neighborhood.

Listen to the whole story here

Urban China Embraces Web; Rural Regions Lag  

NPR, All Things Considered, February 17, 2005
Urban Chinese are embracing the Internet. One especially popular site is Ninth City, which provides an imaginary world. Men and women can plan weddings, invite guests, set up registries and tie the knot -- multiple times. There are half-a-million bloggers now. But a digital divide remains between wired city dwellers and poor, often illiterate country peasants.

Listen to the whole story here

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 Magic Paintbrush; Podna and Podni - Animated Tales of the World

A boy receives a magic paintbrush that makes anything he paints become real in this tale from China. The Pakistani tale of a bird that must rescue its wife from the evil rajah.
Sunday May 22, 2005 7:00am-7:30am on HBOFAM - HBO Family - Children's Show / Entertainment

Globe Trekker: Beijing City Guide

In China, Tibetan lama monastery and Tiananmen Square, an underground city of restaurants and clubs, Great Wall, Marco Polo's Bridge. Click the title of the show above to see a detailed web page about the show.
Sunday May 22, 2005 3:00pm-4:00pm on WPBA (Atlanta PBS) - Travel

The Wedding Banquet - Hsi Yen (1993)

A gay Chinese man in New York makes plans to marry an immigrant woman to fool his traditionalist parents.Director: Ang Lee Performers: Winston Chao, May Chin, Ah-leh Gua, Mitchell Lichtenstein, Sihung Lung Rating R
Monday May 23, 2005 12:30am-3:00am on OXYGEN - Movie / Comedy 

More listings... 

Chinese Wisdom of the Week

"Whether one is happy or not depends on how few cares one has. Whether disaster strikes or not depends on how wavering one's mind is. Only the man beset by worries knows that having few cares brings happiness, and only a man with a tranquil mind knows that a restless mind brings calamity." - Tending the Roots of Wisdom


We hope that you are able to create a happiness by clearing your mind of life's many daily distractions. By ridding yourself of restless thoughts and worries, you will be able to find the calm and tranquility that so many seek and few ever find.

Your Friends,

The ChinaSprout Team 

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