|by Marjorie H. Li|
Chinese knotting is not just about tying knots with colorful threads. According to Mr. Chu Ke, Assistant Director of Palace Museum, “Chinese knotting signified the cultural bonding of the Chinese people. No matter where the Chinese people go, they never leave behind their culture and heritage.” So it is with Chinese knotting, which is an art of heritage significance.
For over a decade, beginning in 1991, I have been involved with art of Chinese Knotting not really knowing where one project after another would eventually lead. I am very pleased to report, finally, after twelve long but enjoyable years, the culmination of my efforts and that is the creation of a multimedia CD-ROM presentation of the basics of Chinese knotting with step-by-step instructions and demonstrations by the designated Master Artist, Ms. Sheng-hung Chen. Many individuals and organizations were involved in and have played key roles in moving this project along. I wish to acknowledge their support and encouragement here.
First of all I would like to acknowledge The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of the State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, without their funding the projects would not have come to pass. Our community organizations, such as the Chinese American Cultural Association, the Taiwan Benevolent Association of New Jersey, and the Asian American Heritage Council were all instrumental in supporting me in my grant applications. In particular, I would like to thank Anna Aschkenes, the Executive Director of the MCCHC, for her years of dedicated support and faith in me. May-lu and Sheng-hung Chen were master artists in the truest sense of the word. Their unselfish dedication to their art is beyond admiration and they are beautiful people. In the finally stages of the project, Sharon Levine and her production team, Anna Zhao, Peter Li, Jennifer Barteld were all involved in putting the final project together. I would like to thank you all.