Jamie Cesanek is a junior at Indiana University Bloomington pursuing a degree in journalism, specifically news editing and reporting. Her specialization is in photojournalism, but she is also pursuing minors in French and sociology. Jamie’s plans for the spring semester are to study abroad in Rennes, France, where she will finish her French minor and potentially a certificate. When she goes abroad she hopes to travel around Europe and develop her photography skills. In the future Jamie wants to live in New York city, where her sisters live, and work for a magazine or news station.
Indiana University has many hidden gems on campus. One of these attractions is a calligraphy class offered at the Asian Culture Center on 10th street. The course is offered weekly on Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. at the center. Its instructors are two students of Chinese descent that learned the art of calligraphy at tender age of seven.
In many corners of the world, students learn to write in their own language in primary school. Duohong Xia and Zheng Guan are no exception. The two men, who attend Indiana University, are skilled at calligraphy because it has always been a part of them. When they first learned it, they used both a soft and hard pen to write it. Now, they use mostly the hard pen to save time while writing.
The Asian Culture Center sits at 807 E 10th Street in Bloomington, Indiana. Its main purpose is to spread acceptance of Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures, although being of Asian or Pacific Islander descent is not required.
Two student teachers help several people to write Chinese calligraphy. The classes are free to anyone, and are offered weekly from 5 to 6 p.m. at the ACC.
A participant practices writing with the calligraphy brush. According to the instructors, there is a very specific way to hold your fingers around the brush.
A woman practices her calligraphy on a sheet of scratch paper. The text in this image translates to “Indiana University”.
Instructor Zheng Guan watches joyfully as the participants try the art of calligraphy for their very first time. Zheng, a Media major, learned to write calligraphy around age seven.
Instructor Duohong Xia gets hands-on in helping student Lizbeth Yanez with her writing. Anyone with even the smallest interest in calligraphy is welcome to the course.
Lizbeth Yanez listens carefully as one of the instructors teaches her how to control her strokes. Lizbeth is curious to learn more about Asian cultures.
One participant that mentioned taking Japanese, practices the Chinese writing while mentioning differences between the Chinese and Japanese cultures. Over time, calligraphy becomes easier and more controlled.
Instructor Zheng Guan shows a participant how to write certain symbols by example. Zheng enjoys teaching because it gives you such a different feeling than learning does.
A woman who lived in Japan for several years practices her calligraphy. The Japanese and Chinese cultures have several similarities that the instructors are curious to discover.
Indiana University has many hidden gems on campus. One of these gems is a calligraphy class offered at the Asian Culture Center on 10th street. The course is offered weekly on Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. at the center. Its instructors are two students of Chinese descent that learned the art of calligraphy at tender age of seven.