There’s much more to China’s “handsomest monk” than his imposing height and striking looks. As CGTN’s Sean Callebs discovered, he’s breaking stereotypes and changing perceptions about his faith one fan at a time.
With the aim of giving his new caregivers an insight into the man he was before Alzheimer’s disease stole his memories, journalist Jay Newton-Small wrote her father’s life story like one of her magazine articles. The impact transformed his care and now her organization, MemoryWell, aims to give other families living with Alzheimer’s disease the same resources.
SPAM® — the canned meat product loved by millions of people around the world — has a surprising history. In Hawaii, where the blue cans have their own annual festival, it’s always been a pantry staple, but now it’s also popping up on fine-dining menus. This week, Full Frame digs into all things SPAM®!
The United States is deep in the throes of an opioids addiction epidemic. Behind every disturbing statistic, there is a family in mourning. But Colin Riebel’s parents are committed to sharing the story of his struggle with as many people as possible — so that his death, and their pain, are not in vain.
CGTN’s Asieh Namdar caught up with chef, author and restaurateur Chris Hill and tried her hand at a true Southern classic – shrimp and grits. We’re pretty sure her friends and family in her adopted hometown of Atlanta, Georgia will approve!
“Xiqu” or “Chinese Opera” is one of the oldest forms of performance art in existence. Students, from many different cultural backgrounds, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa are learning the many – and demanding – nuances of the art form. Proving that the Bard was on to something when he declared “all the world [to be] a stage”.
Leis are much more than an accessory in Hawaii – they’re an opportunity to celebrate all that the “aloha spirit” embodies. And for expert lei-maker Meleana Estes, they are a tribute to legacy and tradition.
Filmmaker Robin Lung has made a career of bringing minority and female stories to life. In her documentary, “Finding Kukan”, Lung quests to solve the mystery surrounding a landmark American film that has been lost to audiences for decades and is only now giving credit where credit is due.
Restaurateur Irena Stein believes that food is the universal equalizer that could resolve almost any conflict. CGTN’s Asieh Namdar visited Irena at home where she shared her passion for cooking and how it has empowered her to promote acceptance and understanding when faced with hate.
Yuan Sha has mastered the guzheng, a traditional Chinese string instrument. Now she uses her deep connection with the melodies of the guzheng to cross cultural barriers and share Chinese heritage with the world.
She made her professional debut at the age of 10 and a decade later is being recognized as one of chamber music’s rising stars, but Simone Porter’s success has as much to do with hard work and sacrifice as it does musical talent.
If you grew up watching television in the 90’s, you’ll recognize Daphne Maxwell Reid as Aunt Viv from the popular American sitcom, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. But did you know that she is also an accomplished fashion designer and photographer? CGTN’s Asieh Namdar was treated to Reid’s talents in the kitchen as well.
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