Modern Technology Helps Preserve Disappearing Art, Culture in China

Modern Technology Helps Preserve Disappearing Art, Culture in China

Traditional Chinese art and culture are finding new life on the Internet thanks to a joint effort to preserve the country’s history for a new generation. The project, called ChinaVine, is a collaboration among the University of Central Florida, the University of Oregon, and other partners in the United States and China. Through ChinaVine, the […]

Global Experiences Prepare Students for the 'Real World'

Reflecting on rural villages and ancient traditions, UCF alumnus Tomas Valladares recalls how a trip to China opened doors for his future. As an undergraduate, Valladares helped manage ChinaVine, a project that sent groups of university students to China to document vanishing art forms and folk culture through videos and photography. “The ability to travel […]

Making Old New Again

In March of 2009, Dr. Kristin Congdon, UCF Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, traveled to Guizhou province in China with humanities student Megan Peck and two alumni, Jackie Bacal and Tomas Valladares. Along with three scholars from the University of Oregon they are documenting traditional Chinese folk art. The March trip focused on Miao minority […]

ChinaVine Student Photo Exhibit Opens in Cocoa

The UCF ChinaVine photography exhibit, “Expressions of China”, opened this week at UCF Cocoa with 30 selected works from students’ travels through the rural villages of Shandong Province and the larger cities of Jinan, Beijing and Shanghai. The ChinaVine project is a collaboration between UCF and the University of Oregon, along with two universities in […]


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Hearts for the Homeless Orlando

The “Hearts for the Homeless Orlando” movement was born when the three honors students learned that hypertension is one of the leading causes of death among homeless people. Every Monday and Tuesday evening, they set up tables, chairs and blood-pressure monitors in a parking lot behind downtown’s St. George Greek Orthodox Church, where more than 50 homeless people regularly gather there for meals provided by Straight Street Orlando and other charitable groups.