The China Society of Southern California

Fostering friendship, understanding and appreciation

between China and America since 1935


Upcoming Program

Assembled Like Clouds:
Art in Chinese Buddhist Ritual
By Phillip E. Bloom, Ph.D.

Chinese Buddhist rituals are lively, multisensory performances that involve laypeople and monastics alike. Incense fills the air with its fragrance, as the sounds of rhythmic chanting and clattering cymbals stimulate the ears of practitioners. What is the place of painting in this swirl of sensuous activity? And what might painting teach us about the mechanics of ritual performance?

Phillip E. Bloom is the June and Simon K.C. Li Curator of the Chinese Garden and Director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA. He specializes in the history of the Buddhist art and ritual of China’s Song dynasty (960–1279). 

Monday, May 7, 2018

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This program is part of CHINAWEEK's annual series of events held across Los Angeles each May. 

Community Events
Wu Bin: Ten Views of A Lingbi Stone

Exhibition on display at Los Angeles County Museum of Art through June 24, 2018

In ancient China strange and marvelous stones were valued for their beauty and as reflections of the hidden structures underlying the universe. For additional information go to

Susan Whitfield
Susan Whitfield
A Conversation with Susan Whitfield and Peter Sellars (May 20, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.)

Silk, Slaves and Stupas: Culture in Motion on the Silk Road

In her book Silk, Slaves and Stupas: Material Culture of the Silk Road, author Susan Whitfield tells the stories of ten very different objects—a delicate pair of earrings, a hoard of Kushan coins, a Hellenistic glass bowl, among others—found along the ancient trading routes of Afro-Eurasia. In this afternoon program, Whitfield will be joined by renowned theater director Peter Sellars for a fascinating conversation about what these objects tell us about the diversity of peoples and cultures that traveled the Silk Road. Sellars’ own work has been informed by extensive travels in Dunhuang, China, where cave paintings and artifacts provide valuable insights into daily life in premodern China and the religions and languages of the Silk Road. A book signing follows the talk

Huntington Library, Rothenberg Hall. 
Free; reservations required:

or 1-800-838-3006.