Category Archives: Asia

Exploring Thailand

Exploring Thailand away from the tourist crowds Bangkok Thai Theater To all theater lovers, I always recommend not to be missed  “real” performance when in Bangkok, and by real I mean those that are shown to non-tourists, outside of buses … Continue reading

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The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories Released

New book of stories from Irene Shaland is now available in paperback. In The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories Irene Shaland presents a collective Jewish narrative from various parts of the globe. She takes the reader on a … Continue reading

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Irene Shaland Present Lecture In Search of a Happy Jewish Story in India in New City NY on October 18

Join internationally published art and travel writer Irene Shaland, as she invites you to “grow into India.” Discover the most refined beauty and the deepest spirituality of this country. Learn about India’s art, architecture, and religions. Hear fascinating stories about … Continue reading

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In Search of a Jewish Story in China Lecture Presented on Feb 25 at Mandel JCC

New chapter in China history. On February 25, Irene Shaland presented her popular lecture In Search of a Jewish Story in China at Mandel Jewish Community Center in Beachwood, Ohio.  This lecture was sponsored by Lifelong Learning Institute and Mandel … Continue reading

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Lecture at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

It was a hard day’s night this past Wednesday, September 3! Early afternoon we presented our Jewish stories of China for the Lifelong Learning institute and in the evening we headed to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. In conjunction … Continue reading

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Origins of Buddhism in China

This is a short excerpt from Irene Shaland’s lecture presented on December 1, 2013 in Fort Lee, New Jersey. In this episode, Irene talks about the origins and development of Buddhism in China. View a short Video

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History of Confucian Synagogue in Kaifeng, China

October 2012, Kaifeng, China. As Irene hurriedly writes, Esther, a Founder and Director of the Kaifeng Jewish History Memorial Center, tells the story of her forebears. On the wall, is the 18th- century rendering of Kaifeng synagogue.  For anyone who … Continue reading

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How to discover China off the beaten track –meeting Biblical Esther-namesake in Kaifeng

In October 2012, we went to Henan province, one of the poorest in China and definitely off the tourist tack. We wanted to get to Kaifeng to meet Esther, “A Kaifeng Jew” as she proudly calls herself. On this photo, … Continue reading

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