Saturday, June 29, 2013

Pearl S. Buck Celebration

Our teacher was honored to do an Ikebana flower arrangement in the Pearl S. Buck historic estate for the event of  her house and garden's grand reopening and 121 year birthday celebration. The festival lasted for 3 days from 6/26 to 6/28, 2013. Our teacher assigned one senior student to do the frame and major structural work under her instruction and asked us to do minor jobs, which was a good experience for us. I learned a lot from it. This huge arrangement was displayed at the center of the garden tent.
In my youth in Taiwan, Pearl S. Buck's novel was quite popular, especially "The Good Earth" and "East Wind, West Wind." I didn't know that her house and burial ground are not far from my home, both are in Bucks County.
Below is her brief information from Wikipedia.
"Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (June 26, 1892 – March 6, 1973), also known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu, was an American writer who spent most of her life until 1934 in China. Her novel The Good Earth was the best-selling fiction book in the U.S. in 1931 and 1932, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. In 1938, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces."
After her return to the United States in 1935, she continued her prolific writing career, and became a prominent advocate of the rights of women and minority groups, and wrote widely on Asian cultures, becoming particularly well known for her efforts on behalf of Asian and mixed race adoption."

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