Martial Arts Champion Performs at Georgia State’s Greater China Cultural Showcase

GreaterChina - Dec 2014

Yamin Yang, a martial arts champion, performed at Georgia State’s Greater China Cultural Showcase during International Education Week.  Yang performed tai chi, an ancient Chinese tradition that is practiced as a graceful form of exercise.  Yang showed a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied each by deep breaths.  In contrast to tai chi, Yang also performed a speed and strength assumed Chinese sword.  Swords have a long history in China, which can be traced back to the bronze daggers of Shang Dynasty.  The performance not only presented a form of martial art, but also demonstrated the history of part of Chinese culture.

In addition to Yang, several members of the Greater China community were featured at the showcase, including the Chinese American Cultural Performing Group, Atlanta Association of Chinese Calligraphy, Confucius Institute at Georgia State University, Dr. Kevin Hsieh of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design, and the Chinese Student Union at Georgia State.  The organizations and people contributed to the event with various cultural performances and showcases to share different aspects of culture from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan with Georgia State faculties, staff, and students, such as vocal performances, Chinese knotting tutorials, ribbon dances, a silk fan dance, calligraphy, and traditional Chinese paper cutting.

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages (MCL) also hosted a Language Corner at the showcase, where faculty and students featured a target language at a table with phrase cards, classes being offered in the particular language in the coming semester, upcoming MCL events, club activities that students can get involved in, and more.

Yamin Yang Biography

Yamin Yang serves as Deputy Director of Study Abroad Programs at Southwest Jiaotong University (Chengdu, China). At the age of five, she started learning martial arts and participated in a number of competitions in Hubei Province, where she won many prizes. In 1993, she was elected to join the Hubei Province Sports team on behalf of Wuhan to participate in the national martial arts competition. She received many awards in martial arts tai chi, martial arts sword, martial arts boxing, tai chi sword, and traditional boxing. In 1998, Yang entered Chengdu Sports University and represented the National Sports Institute in the National Sports Meet of College Students. She won a number of titles at the competition, including the title of National Second-level Athletes of Martial Arts, the title of National Second-level Athletes of Free Combat in martial arts, as well as the title of National Referee in second category. In 2000, Yang represented Chengdu Sports University and performed at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 6th National Sports Meet of College Students. Since 2002, Yang has developed her career at Southwest Jiaotong University, where her outstanding performances in martial arts have impressed many visitors at home and abroad.

For photos from Greater China Cultural Showcase, please visit the Office of International Initiatives’ Flickr album.

The Office of International Initiatives at Georgia State University is responsible for the strategic integration and coordination of the University’s international initiatives, partnerships, grants, program development and management, events and activities, student and scholar services, and study abroad programs.