By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

China’s Health Minister, Dr. Chen Zhu, recently paid a busy three-day visit to Minnesota
during which he received an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of
Minnesota for his contribution to leukemia treatment through research. Minister Chen
was accompanied by his wife Dr. Chen Saijuan who is also a renowned hematologist
and a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. During his brief visit he met
with the president of the University of Minnesota and faculties of the Medical School,
Masonic Cancer Center, School of Public Health and College of Science of Engineering.
The Association of Minnesota Chinese Physicians (AMCP) along with the China Center
also hosted a number of activities.

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Lake Phalen Park in St. Paul, Minnesota will come alive July 14 & 15 with two days of colorful, traditional dances and music to showcase the performance arts of Asia. Dances from the ceremonial to the theatrical and are as varied as the colors on the performers' authentic costumes.  Each Asian country has its own indelible sound even though the instruments are rather similar. From the mesmerizing sound of the Chinese flute to the energetic Taiko drumming, Asian music with its pentatonic melody sounds exotic.

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Students of Hopkins XinXing Academy and their families ushered in the year of the Dragon on Feb. 4 at their annual Lunar New Year Festival.  The event was held at Eisenhower Elementary School in Hopkins where XinXing Academy is located.  This is the fourth year of the festival, which has grown in attendance each year.  The festival included activity tables and zodiac themed games for elementary-aged children as well as fresh Chinese dishes catered by Royal Cuisine. 

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The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) will host its annual dinner celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on May 4, 2012.

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Shen Yun presents colorful and exhilarating performances of classical Chinese dance and music. A performance by Shen Yun is a presentation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was: a study in grace, wisdom, and the virtues distilled from the five millennia of Chinese civilization.

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