Classical Chinese Puzzle Project (C2P2)

Classical Chinese Puzzle Project (C2P2)

In 1997 puzzle enthusiasts Wei Zhang and Peter Rasmussen of Berkeley, California, traveled to Suzhou, the famous city of canals near Shanghai. They were searching for an old craftsman mentioned in a forty-year-old Chinese puzzle book. While in Suzhou, Wei and Peter found a beautiful brass nine linked rings puzzle at the weekly antique market outside Confucius Temple. That purchase was the beginning of a twenty-year odyssey around China, Europe, and the east coast of the United States during which the couple collected over 1600 antique Chinese puzzles and documented their histories. The collection was named “Yizhitang” (art and ingenuity). The Classical Chinese Puzzle Project (C2P2) was incorporated as a non-profit organization in January 2000. Its mission is to assist in the preservation and revival of classical Chinese puzzles. C2P2 conducted its own research on the history of classical Chinese puzzles and sponsored activities of the Beijing Puzzle Research Group, an organization of Chinese puzzle makers, puzzle writers, and puzzle enthusiasts affiliated with the Beijing Toy Association. C2P2 sponsored over a dozen Chinese puzzle makers, puzzle researchers, and magicians to attend conferences, participate in cultural exchanges, and perform in the United States, England, and Japan. C2P2 curated major Chinese puzzles exhibitions at the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco and the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City; conducted puzzle workshops for schools, museums, and other organizations; and initiated discussions on the establishment of a Classical Chinese Puzzle Museum in China. All this and much more can be found on the organization’s official website.