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Volume 11 – Number 5

May 1980

Arthur C. Clarke’s Ceylon

Yapahuwa, the Khmer Connection?

Sailing Burma’s Irrawaddy

Chinese Fan Paintings

Japanese Drawings

Mithila’s Peasant Printers

Cover. A Chinese fan painting of a finch preening its feathers, perched on a blossoming plum branch; ink and colors on silk; attributed to Lin Chun, active late 12th century. The subject matter, the composition and the meticulous treatment of the bird are characteristic of Song dynasty painting.

 “Arthur C. Clarke’s Ceylon” is based upon an interview with the illustrious writer of science fiction whose most recent novel is set in his adopted homeland. While Clarke’s mysteries evolve in the future, the mystery of Yapahuwa’s connection with Cambodia’s Khmer civilization takes the reader back to the 13th century. Caroline Courtauld traveled the Irrawaddy River on a tour of Burma’s monuments.

Jack hillier, the renowned London-based specialist in the field of Japanese painting and prints, has previewed the exhibition of “Japanese Drawings of the 18th and 19th Centuries” in New York. Harold Wong grew up in a family of connoisseurs with a special fondness for the Chinese fan painting as an artistic medium. Mithila’s peasant painters continue a long tradition of folk art in Bihar, India. Wucius Wong, our PORTFOLIO artist, is fast becoming Hong Kong’s most eminent painter in the unique role of an avowed abstractionist seeking themes from the realism of Chinese landscape printing.

Vyvyan Tenorio-Miller has been researching the lives and times of women in Olongapo in the Philippines for over two years, in preparation for a documentary film on the subject. Her SPECIAL REPORT is based on numerous interviews with the “street people” of the city and with staff members of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation.

Fred S. Armenttout

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