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Monday, August 25, 2008

Free Reading of Adventures of the Treasure Fleet at S.F.'s Asian Art Museum Sunday, Sept. 7th at 12:00pm

With the Olympics just behind us and our recent focus on Chinese culture,
there has never been a better time to learn about an amazing piece of
Chinese history.

Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum,
200 Larkin St. San Francisco, CA 94102
415 581-3500

The Adventures of the Treasure Fleet is the true tale of seven epic voyages and their larger-than-life commander, Admiral Zheng He. Zheng He and his crew of 27,000 men battled pirates and survived a raging storm. They befriended kings, charted unknown oceans and were awestruck by Africa’s exotic animals. At each port, China’s best porcelains and silks were traded for pearls, precious stones, herbs and medicines. Admiral Zheng He and his crew returned to China as heroes, bringing dignitaries and treasures from far away lands as tributes to powerful Ming emperor.

Participants will enjoy author Annie Bowler’s story reading, which keeps the audience so entertained they barely realize they are learning. Every person has a fun role in Annie’s presentation. It features kids playing classic instruments from around the world, adults showing a bit of drama, a sing along to Annie’s song Adventures and a question and answer session. Afterward, purchase a book in the Museum Store and have it signed by the author.

This program is sponsored by "Target First Free Sundays"

Beginning on May 4, 2008, the Asian Art Museum will offer FREE admission to all visitors on the first Sunday of each month, courtesy of Target. The museum's popular Sunday Storytelling program will be offered at 1:00 pm, along with other family-friendly activities like Anne's reading. For more information go to www.asianart.org

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