American Artists

Alice Waters 艾丽丝·沃特斯

Chef, author, and proprietor of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California, Alice Waters is a pioneer of a culinary philosophy based on using only the freshest organic products, served only in season, and locally grown. Waters is committed to teaching youth about sustainable food, such as through her Edible Schoolyard in a Berkeley Middle School. She is Vice President of Slow Food International, a nonprofit organization that promotes and celebrates local artisanal food traditions.Read more.

Amy Tan 谭恩美

Born in the US to immigrant parents from China, Amy Tan is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling novels, a memoir, and two children’s books. Her work has been translated in to 35 different languages. Tan also co-wrote and co-produced a film adaptation of her novel The Joy Luck Club, she was the librettist for an opera based on her novel The Bonesetter’s Daughter, and she was a creative consultant for Sagwa, an Emmy-nominated PBS television series for children that aired worldwide.Read more.

Charles “Lil Buck” Riley 查尔斯·莱利 “里欧·巴克”

Charles “Lil Buck” Riley performed and received early training at the New Ballet Ensemble and School. He is known for his brilliant Memphis Jookin’, a street dance that originated in Memphis, Tennessee. Lil Buck recently choreographed and starred in the video for recording artist Janelle Monae’s Grammy-nominated hit song “Tightrope.” He has appeared on numerous television shows, including “Dancing with the Stars” and the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.” In April 2011, Lil Buck collaborated with cellist Yo-Yo Ma in two appearances arranged by Vail International Dance Festival director Damian Woetzel.Read more.

Damian Woetzel 达米恩·沃策尔

Damian Woetzel, former ballet star, is an arts leader and activist, and a producer and director of dance and music performances. Woetzel was a Principal Dancer at New York City Ballet. He is now the artistic director of the summer Vail International Dance Festival and Director of Arts Programs of the Aspen Institute. Among many other projects Woetzel is currently involved in, he works with Yo-Yo Ma on his Silk Road Connect program in the New York City Public Schools.Read more.

David Fanning 大卫·范宁

David Fanning is the founder and Executive Producer of Frontline, the longest running investigative documentary series on American television, and for which he has won numerous media and journalism awards. After beginning his career as a journalist and filmmaker in his native South Africa, Fanning started working for WGBH in Boston, where he created the international documentary series World that in 1983 became the basis for Frontline on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).Read more.

Eric Fischl 艾瑞克·费舍尔

Eric Fischl is an internationally acclaimed American painter and sculptor. In the 1970’s, he taught painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. His first solo shows in Nova Scotia and New York City received critical attention for depicting the dark, disturbing undercurrents of mainstream American life. Fischl is the founder, President and lead curator for America: Now and Here, a multi-disciplinary traveling exhibition designed to spark a national conversation about American identity through the arts.Read more.

Joel Coen 乔尔·科恩

photo of Joel Coen Joel Coen is a director, writer, and producer who has been honored with numerous international awards for film. He has co-written and co-directed many of his films with his brother, Ethan. Some of his films include an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski; Fargo, and others.Read more.

Jonathan Spence 史景迁

Jonathan D. Spence is a British-born historian and public intellectual specializing in Chinese history. He is a Professor Emeritus of Yale University where he was Sterling Professor of History from 1993 to 2008. His most famous book is The Search for Modern China, which has become one of the standard texts on the last several hundred years of Chinese history. A distinguished historian, prolific author, reviewer, and essayist, he has written numerous books on China. Read more.

Judith Belzer 朱迪斯·贝尔泽

Judith Belzer was born in Chicago in 1956 and studied literature at Bennington and Barnard College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1979. She began painting in earnest while attending The New York Studio School 1980-81. Although her painting often dwells on the edge between abstraction and representation, Belzer’s work always engages with the natural world and recently seeks to explore a through-line linking the organizing principles of the natural and built environment. Belzer’s paintings are shown regularly across the country.Read more.

Mark Danner 马克·丹纳

Over the past 25 years, Mark Danner has written books and news articles on politics and foreign affairs, focusing on war and conflict. He has covered Central America, Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq and the Middle East, among many other stories for The New Yorker as well as many other newspapers and magazines. Danner is Professor at the University of California, Berkeley and at Bard College. In 1999 Danner was named a MacArthur Fellow.Read more.

Melissa Chiu 招颖思

Dr. Melissa Chiu is Director of the Asia Society Museum in New York and Vice President of the Society’s Global Arts Programming, where she initiated the launch of a contemporary art collection. Prior to this position, Chiu was Founding Director of the Asia-Australia Arts Centre in Sydney and the Asia Society Museum’s first curator of contemporary Asian and Asian American art. She is a visiting professor at the CUNY Graduate School and has edited and authored several books on Asian art.Read more.

Meryl Streep 梅丽尔·斯特里普

For almost 40 years, Meryl Streep has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a career that has cut its own unique path from the theater through film and television. Her roles have demonstrated her signature versatility and verve as an actor. As well as an Emmy award, Streep has won a record sixteen Academy Award nominations. Her latest film The Iron Lady, inspired by the events of Margaret Thatcher’s life, will premiere globally at the National Museum of China during the Forum. Streep lends her efforts to international human rights organizations, and she co-founded the consumer advocacy group Mothers and Others, which promotes agricultural sustainability and food safety.Read more.

Michael Pollan 迈克尔·波伦

Michael Pollan is the author of six books, including Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire, all New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to the New York Times, he is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism. In 2010 Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.Read more.

Orville Schell 夏伟

Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and Dean at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of numerous books and articles on China. He worked for the Ford Foundation in Indonesia, covered the war in Indochina as a journalist, and has traveled widely in China since the mid-70s.Read more.

Susan Meiselas 苏珊·梅塞拉斯

Susan Meiselas is a documentary photographer and member of the Magnum Photos cooperative since 1976. She is the author of many photography books and she has received numerous awards for her work. Her most recent project is as co-curator of COAL + ICE at The Three Shadows Art Centre in Beijing. Meiselas is the president and co-founder of the Magnum Foundation, founded in 2007 to produce, distribute and preserve significant in-depth documentary photography.Read more.

Yo-Yo Ma 马友友

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has recorded over 75 albums, including more than 15 Grammy award winners. Ma is the founder and Artistic Director of the Silk Road Project, which promotes the study of cultural, artistic and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade routes. He is also a Creative Consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Institute for Learning, Access and Training. Ma was born in Paris to Chinese parents who later moved the family to New York.Read more.

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