Lunch & Learn

China Institute Lunch and Learn


May 3, 2024
12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

China Institute Lunch and Learn is back online!

Join us virtually to learn Chinese culture and practice Mandarin, while engaging with Chinese literature, poetry, art, history and more with fellow enthusiasts. Participants will enjoy live, interactive learning sessions with our language and cultural experts from home.

We are featuring calligraphy in Spring 2024!

Calligraphy 书法, literally meaning the principles of writing in Chinese, is considered the ultimate embodiment of Chinese art. Boasting a long history, calligraphy in China has evolved into various captivating script styles, schools, and artistic forms.

For Spring 2024, led by professional Chinese calligrapher Yi Su, we will delve into the aesthetic symbols of five calligraphic scripts – seal, clerical, standard, semi-cursive and cursive scripts. Despite their distinct appearances, these script styles are intricately interconnected with one another as Chinese characters evolve. While encountering varied principles of aesthetics and techniques, participants will also learn the insights, tips, and tools used to create intricate and expressive works of this art, as well as constraints within the realm of calligraphy, among other topics.

Join us virtually to learn Chinese culture and art, and enjoy live sessions with our calligraphy expert from home!

Yongqiang Lin,

See the playlist of past Lunch & Learn on YouTube

This program is made possible through the support of the Chinese International Education Foundation, and generous supporters of China Institute.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

China Institute’s cultural programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


Yi "Eva" Su
Yi “Eva” Su 苏伊槿

Yi “Eva” Su, also named Yijin, is a professional Chinese calligrapher, member of China Calligraphers Association and North America Chinese Calligraphy Association. Practicing calligraphy for over twenty years, she has earned many awards and her artworks have been featured in various exhibitions. She held a solo exhibition at Pace University Gallery in 2015, and created “BIMO Theory” in 2020.

Currently based in New York as a calligraphy teacher and artist, Yi is a descendant of Su Shi (1037-1101), renowned poet, scholar, and calligrapher in Song dynasty. Among many calligraphy styles she is skillful of writing, “small standard script” and “large cursive script” take most of her passion to express her unique art style.

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