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29 March 2013

What's an Acrobat?

We were looking at Usborne's Internet-Linked History Encyclopedia, and I was planning to look at some Han dynasty burial treasures. That was the plan. But the page showed a drawing of Ch'ang-an, including some acrobats performing in the marketplace. The kids didn't seem at all impressed by that, which was odd. Until I realized that they had no idea what acrobats are. So we headed to YouTube to watch some Chinese acrobats. It's not period, but at least it's got a Chinese flavor to it. And they've been doing "acrobat tricks" ever since. Once we established that acrobatics never happen on chairs with wheels, I like this game a lot! Who knows? We may even make it back to Han burial treasure at some point.

Here are some of the clips we enjoyed.

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