|Creative Arts Educ Ther (2016) 2(2):1–3||DOI: 10.15534/CAET/2016/2/1|
After launching the first two issues of CAET, we are bringing the winter issue for 2016 to you, still with lots of excitement. I keep on being inspired by the commitment and creativity of our editorial team which works diligently to ensure the quality of the articles in line with our vision and mission of CAET.
I am pleased that we have the focus on Korea for the Colloquium in this issue, following the China focus in the previous one. Three Korean colleagues, Mina Mo, Min-Jeong Bae and Sun Hyun Kim, wrote about the latest development in arts therapy and education in their country. The approach in art therapy in Korea, for example, is quite unique and different from the model in the West, offering us other interesting perspectives. It is the continuous learning and exchange between the East and West that stimulates reflection as well as the progress and change of our fields.
We are also proud to announce the Forum, a new section in our journal, in addition to the Colloquium and the Featured Artist. The Forum contains an article by a contributor, followed by a series of short responses from different writers. The purpose of the Forum is to encourage dialogue with different perspectives in the field and with different cultures. We hope that this will be a way in which we can enlarge our perspectives by attending and responding to others’ points of view and searching for a shared purpose. Our Editor-in-Chief Professor Shaun McNiff generously wrote an interesting article about Ch’i and Artistic Expression as the first Forum article. The Chinese characters and calligraphy in the article give an impressive visual presentation conveying the essence of Ch’i. We thank Mimma Della Cagnoletta (Italy), Kate Donohue (US), Hari Kirin Khalsa (US), Alexander Kopytin (Russia), Lai Ka Kit (Hong Kong), José Miguel Calderon (Peru) and Karen Studd (US) from various backgrounds for their enthusiastic and constructive responses, bringing diversified perspectives to this discussion and dialogue. I think the discussion of Ch’i is very important, as it addresses key notions in Chinese philosophy, namely Essence/Ch’i/Spirit (精气神), the indispensable inner and outer energy/flow that maintains our vitality, health and creativity as human beings. Like many of you, I have witnessed many artists and therapists who showed an impressive Ch’i within themselves and with their art works that have touched deep inside people’s souls.
Also in this issue, Dr. Tian Tian from Beijing Dance Academy in her article The Construction of “Traditional”: Imaginative Reshaping of Chinese Classical Dance in an International Context, presents her teaching experiences in the United States and her reflection on Chinese classical dance. This article resonates well with the Ch’i article from Shaun and also adds an important dimension. This is part of Tian’s doctoral research, and I have encouraged her to share her interesting perspectives with colleagues in the West. For the Chinese researchers and scholars in arts, I know how challenging it can be to do that, but I believe that it is important to make such steps to let the world know our country. I am very glad Tian made this great effort and I appreciate her trust in and dedication to our work.
The Featured Artist is the interview from Steve Levine with the Canadian/Japanese Butoh artist Denise Fujiwara. Butoh, as a unique artistic form, combines cultural, historical and therapeutic aspects to present the value of this Japanese dance which has intrigued many people in the world, including those from China who have become increasingly interested in Japanese art.
I’d like to thank all the contributors again for their support on behalf of the CAET journal.
And I wish you all much joy in reading this issue of the CAET journal.
Tony Yu Zhou, PhD, CMA
Inspirees Institute, China
Nov 16, 2016
我很高兴在上一期聚焦中国之后，我们这期 “专栏报告”的焦点关注到了韩国。三位韩国同事Mina Mo, Min-Jeong Bae 和 Sun Hyun Kim谈到了在他们国家艺术治疗和艺术教育的最新发展情况。比如，韩国的美术治疗的模式是独特的，和西方很不同。这给我们提供了另外一个有趣的视角。而正是这些东西方之间不断的学习和交流促进了我们的反思，以及我们领域的改变和进步。
这期的“特色艺术家”是我们另外一位主编Steve Levine教授对旅居加拿大的日本舞踏艺术家Denise Fujiwara的采访文章。舞踏，一种独特的艺术形式，将文化、历史和疗愈的各个面向组合在一起，并呈现出这一日本传统舞蹈的价值，使舞踏让世界上，包括中国的很多人为之着迷。