Nanjing University GW Confucius Institute and Johns Hopkins University Cooperate Introducing Crosstalk into an American Campus
On the evening of February 9, 2017, The George Washington University Confucius Institute and Hopkins-Nanjing Center of the Johns Hopkins University co-hosted an American cross-talk comedian living in China, Jesse Appell, who shared with the audience traditional Chinese cross-talk and his experience performing western style comedy in China. With more than 100 in attendance, Jesse entertained the audience with endless laughter and unique insights into life in China.
Jesse Appell shared with the audience traditional Chinese cross-talk and his experience performing western style comedy in China.
Jesse trained with the esteemed cross-talk master, Ding Guangquan, for four years, who is one of the few cross-talk masters to take on foreign apprentices. In the Chinese crosstalk community, Jesse has gained significant notoriety. He has even established his own comedy center, called the Chinese American Comedy Club. During his performance in DC, Jesse wore a traditional cross-talk outfit, teaching the audience various tricks and techniques on how to perform cross-talk, as well as briefly introducing the history, highlights, and importance of cross-talk in China. From his viewpoint as an American living in China, Jesse shared some comical and embarrassing experiences he’s faced in his many years living in the Middle Kingdom. He ended the performance with reflections on learning Chinese and experiencing China.
The GW Confucius Institute and Hopkins-Nanjing Center are both sponsored by the Nanjing University. The experience of working together on this event has allowed the organizations to promote traditional Chinese art and has greatly increased contact and communication between these two organizations.