Teochew Opera is a local opera sung in the Teochew dialect and was popularized in Chaoshan, Guangdong Province and Minnan region after its formation in the Ming Dynasty. In Thailand, there is a group of people who are working hard to promote the Chinese local opera, and this episode comes to a local Chinese Opera Society, which is known as the most complete and comprehensive place for Teochew Opera enthusiasts in the Chinese community in Thailand to carry on the tradition.
Peking Opera, one of China's national treasures, is one of the most influential types of Chinese opera, performed nationwide and also promoted by many Chinese overseas. The interviewee in this episode is Zhang, a singer and Peking Opera actress who has been living in Thailand for 25 years and is engaged in singing education in the country.
Cantonese opera is an artistic treasure, which has been spread around the world by Chinese immigrants. At Kwong Chow School in Bangkok, Thailand, there is a group of students who are learning about this gem of Cantonese art. Yu, who has been exposed to Cantonese opera since childhood, says, "I grew to love it because my grandma listened to it every day. It is a great pleasure to come to Kwong Chow School to teach Cantonese opera to the children, and I hope to introduce the Cantonese opera culture to more people in Thailand."
Shaolin Kung Fu instructor Shi Hengsheng began learning wushu (Chinese Kung Fu) at the age of six with his father, and after that, he entered the Shaolin Temple, where he spent his long training years. Later, he ended up in England with several fellow apprentices and set up a martial arts school there.
In recent years, the movie series "Ip Man", starring Hong Kong Kung Fu star Donnie Yen, has aroused a Kung Fu mania in China and abroad. Leo Au-Yueng, the interviewee of this episode of C'est la Chine has studied under Yip Chun, the eldest son of Yip Man, for more than 10 years.
Kung Fu movies have always been an important window for foreigners to know and understand Chinese Kung Fu. Gabor Spenger, a Hungarian living in the UK, is a big fan of Chinese Kung Fu movies. "When I was seven or eight years old, whenever I watched a Kung Fu movie, I would immediately do push-ups in my bedroom, imitating the Kung Fu moves in the movie," he says.
Every April, the Weifang International Kite Festival is held in Weifang, Shandong, known as the kite capital of the world, where kite masters from across the globe gather to fly kites of various shapes in the air. Al Mamun Mridha, Acting Secretary General of the Bangladesh Kite Federation, which is dedicated to promoting kite culture in Bangladesh, told us that they have been actively participating in the Weifang International Kite Festival for the past 15 years and have won a championship and two runner-up prizes in the event.
The Jonathan KS Choi Cultural Centre in Hanoi, Vietnam was donated by Dr. Jonathan K.S. Choi, Chairman of the Hong Kong-based Sunwah Group. The ULIS-SUNWAH Chinese Teaching and Research Centre established in 2011, is also housed here. Over the years, the Research Center has been dedicated to promoting the development of Chinese language teaching and research in Vietnam.
From the tender and crisp stir-fried abalone, mouth-watering lo mein with fried scallion, to authentic hot and sour soup -- These are all examples of Chinese dishes that not only meet the expectations of overseas Chinese, but also opened the door to Japanese people's imagination of Chinese cuisine.
In an izakaya called Wild Monkey in Tokyo, you can find really authentic Chinese dishes here and even Chinese liquor. The menu is not limited to a particular cuisine style, but includes popular dishes from all over China, such as vinegar pepper soup, grilled lamb skewers and spicy hotchpotch.
In Japan, where "national cuisine" ramen noodles are popular, lo mein with fried scallion, a Cantonese dish, has begun to capture the taste buds of diners. "The easy-to-cook dish, Lo mein, in which Oyster sauce is used as the main sauce and then fully absorbed by noodles, together with fried scallions, has an extraordinary taste," Nagamasa Sek, the head chef of Chenputon Yamcha Club, which specializes in Cantonese cuisine, said, "The oil stirred noodles developed from China but has now begun to prevail in Japan."
From dim sum, siu mei (barbeque meat), to double-boiled soup and stir-fries, Cantonese cuisine is undoubtedly an outstanding representative of the Eight Culinary Traditions of Chinese cuisine, opening the door to foreigners' imagination of Oriental cuisine. In Tokyo, there is a restaurant featuring Cantonese cuisine that has earned itself a Michelin star with a subtle and delicate blend of Cantonese and Japanese styles.