Chinese lantern master comes to ANU

Chinese lantern master Cao Zhenrong has made a visit to The Australian National University to teach students about the fundamental principles of lantern making.

He has also been involved with designing and giving instructions on installing lanterns in the new Australian Centre on China in the World.

In this video ANU College of Asia and the Pacific honors student Will Zou discusses the ideology behind Chinese paper lanterns.

Cao, from Nanjing, began learning his art in 1949, at the age of five, in his family workshop.

In 1964, however, amid a 'party rectification' campaign, the workshop was closed, and Cao was sent to be a labourer in a state-owned factory.

Despite trying to maintain his skills in the turbulent years of the Cultural Revolution, it was not until after the reforms of 1979 that he was seriously able to return to the family's traditional craft.

Since 1983, Cao has organised the annual lantern festival at Nanjing Confucius Temple complex.

In the last ten years, he has also demonstrated kite and lantern making techniques in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Poland, Japan and the Philippines


Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team