Not only will the 2009 Dragon Festival at Phalen Lake Park, St. Paul, showcase cultural heritage of the local Asian Pacific Islander communities, it also will include cooking demonstrations of Asian street foods on Saturday, July 11, and special make-up tips sessions for Asian women on Sunday, July 12!
By Jiawen Wang & Feng Yin, St. Cloud State University freshmen
Editor’s Note: Long before Mar. 1, when the Minnesota Timberwolves hosted the Houston Rockets and Yao Ming at Target center, a group of Chinese undergraduate students (many freshmen) at SCSU wanted only one thing: to watch Yao Ming play in person for the first time in their lives. Richard He, president of China Insight, introduced them to Patrick Floey from Minnesota Timberwolves Group Ticket Sales to help the group get the best seats available. Feng Yin and Jiawen, two freshmen from Hunan Province, China, volunteered to cover the event and game for China Insight. Jiawen took numerous photos and wrote the article with Yin. Yin planned the trip, including purchasing tickets, renting a bus, and handling logistics. Over 20 students arrived at Target Center via charter bus around 5 p.m. and left for SCSU around 10 p.m. after the game.
Chin Yang Lee, dean of Chinese American authors, and author of the novel, Flower Drum Song, is coming to the Twin Cities to attend a local production of the 2002 Broadway revival of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical based on his novel. Rewritten by David Henry Hwang, this 2002 Broadway play has been updated to a very different world than the one in which the original musical was created. Mu Performing Arts is presenting this new production at the McKnight Theatre at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul from June 27 to July 12. This production will contain new choreography by Cui Tianjiang, artistic director of the Minnesota Chinese Dance Theatre.
Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar, and for two days this celebration came to life at a St. Paul school. In February the students of Yinghua Academy, a Chinese immersion elementary charter school, created their own New Year. The celebration included a traditional New Year’s meal of jiaozi, a Chinese dumpling and noodles. Students also learned and exchanged special New Year’s greetings and watched movies about the celebration in China. The school was decorated with traditional New Year’s decorations along with other items the students made for the occasion.