Kulintang Music of the Philippines is an ancient ensemble musical form usually recognized by the use of knobbed gongs made of bronze or brass. The ensemble can include the kulintang, a set of gongs laid in a row according to pitch upon a stand; hanging gongs known as agung and…
Taiko is the Japanese word for drum. Though the instrument itself can be traced back thousands of years, the art form of ensemble drumming, Kumidaiko, started in Japan in the 1950s and made its way to North America in the late 1960s, entering through the Japanese American communities of San…
Mridangam, South Indian percussion
Seungmu is a highly represented Korean traditional dance form that has roots that go back 500 years. The choreography that demonstrates intense expressions of joy and sorrows includes intricate yet calm movement. This reflects the journey of relieving heavy karma, leaving the secular world, and finally reaching nirvana. Performed as…
Carnatic music originated in South India from the ancient classical music system that is traced back to the Vedic age. Carnatic music is characterized by a well-structured system of swaras (successive steps/notes of an octave), raagas (melodic modes), kriti (musical compositions with lyrics). A unique feature is the concept of…
Ruth Yafonne Chen (San Francisco) will study Chinese Wushu (sword dance) with Ling Mei Zhang (San Francisco).  Zhang studied with masters Liu Yuhua and Lee Wenjin in Tian Jinh and became the double straight sword Wushu champion for all of China in 1975.  She has taught martial arts for over…
Filipino/Filipino-American arts and culture
Sabrina Hou was a master artist for ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program in 2007 with apprentice, Janice Ng. Hou studied Kunqu opera, the oldest form of Chinese folk opera, at the Beijing Opera Conservatory and performed with the Beijing Northern Kunqu Opera Theater before moving to the United States ten…
Master artist Fujima Kansuma and apprentice Melody Takata participated in Round 7 of ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program, conducting an apprenticeship in Japanese Nihon Buyo, or Japanese classical dance. Fujima Kansma is no ordinary figure. Surmounting a series of challenges and discouragements, her long career reflects extraordinary focus and…
In 2007, Bonghwa Kim participated as a master artist in the Alliance’s Apprenticeship Program with apprentice Yejin Cha of Glendale, focusing on traditional patchwork techniques and embroidery through regular meetings at Casa Muhyang.  …