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Re: chock-a-blockful of Jewish data (wasRe: point to consider MelGibson's _Passion_

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Thursday, February 19, 2004, 20:32
In a message dated 2004:02:19 03:25:01 PM, my microtonal music
colleague/friend John Chalmers writes & corrects a few things I had wrong:

>Interestingly, more and more USanians are discovering that they are >partly
Jewish when they do genealogy and DNA sequence studies. Not >surprising--about 20% of the later Roman empire was Jewish, though >probably mostly converts.
> >I imagine there was a lot of intermarriage between converts to Judaism >and
Diaspora Jews, then when many converts and "god fearers" became >Christians, the genes spread to the pagans.
> >I used to know and Indian (East) journalist who was Jewish-- he said the >community went back to Roman times at least.(it's mentioned in the >Christian apocryphal literature). > >I don't think Yasser had any Egyptian connection. He was a Russian jew >who escaped through China, supported himself by playing piano in the >whorehouses of Shanghai, then emigrated to NYC where he lived until his >death. He
was an organist, scholar, etc. When I lived in New Jersey in the >early-mid 70's working for Merck, I once on a lark got out the Manhattan >phone book and looked up his name. It was there so I called him and he >invited me over for tea. He was about 90 at the time, but very sharp still. >However, he didn't want to argue theory.
> >Somewhere I have his autograph and a bibliographic pamphlet his >students
put out. Very nice gentleman.
> >Contrary to what some people have claimed, he actually did have 19-et >tuned
up on two pianos once and he knew what his scale and theories >sounded like. --- Hanuman Zhang, _Gomi no seito/sensei_ [HighSchool-level Student/Master of junk] "To live is to scrounge, taking what you can in order to survive. So, since living is scrounging, the result of our efforts is to amass a pile of rubbish." - Chuang Tzu/Zhuangzi, China, 4th Century BCE "The most beautiful order is a heap of sweepings piled up at random." - Heraclitus, Greece, 5th Century BCE "...So what is life for? Life is for beauty and substance and sound and colour; and even those are often forbidden by law [socio-cultural conventions]. . .Why not be free and live your own life? Why follow other people's rules and live to please others?..." ~Lieh-Tzu/Liezi, Taoist Sage (c. 450- 375 BCE) "Taoism in a nutshell: Shit Happens. Roll with the Punches. Hang 10 - Go with the Flow!" - anon. California surferBeatnik, c.1950's/1960's Voices of the Past: At its peak, the Tang Dynasty (618-906 CE) of China a mixture of cultural influences were reflected in the music of the times.People traveled from other countries, including Japan, Mongolia, India, Korea & Turkey, to learn about the Tang culture.But the multi-racial, multi-cultural era waned at the end of the Tang.China,one of the greatest cultural & military powers in history, began to close in on itself, the rulers closed the country's borders - fearing the destruction of their civilization.The rich, diverse music of the Tang, along with that of the surrounding cultures, was lost or destroyed. Bits have been found & the rest is theory & re-construction... "The whole world of musics and instruments lives around us....I am interested in a 'transethnic,' a planetary music." - Lou Harrison ("...Europe is a region he called Northwest Asia...") The power of education & culture to transcend social and political differences is still largely untapped... Proud to be a Race Trader! Race & Culture Mixin' is the Future!