By Mary Warpeha, contributor

A seven-member delegation from Changsha, Hunan, visited their Sister City of St. Paul on Sept. 19 - 20.  The delegation was from the Changsha Science and Technology Bureau, which administers 16 hi-tech development centers in the Changsha area.  They were hosted by Dr. Jiangbo Yang, University of Minnesota, and Mary Warpeha of US-China Peoples Friendship Association of Minnesota.  

A whirlwind itinerary included visits with Kathleen Motzenbecker, director of the Minnesota Trade Office; Louis Jambois, director of the St. Paul Port Authority; Nancy Homans, Political Affairs in the St. Paul Mayor’s Office; Dr. James McCarthy, Masonic Cancer Center; and Joan Brzezinski, director of the China Center at the University of Minnesota.  There also was a festive autumn dinner at the home of Dr. Walter and Mary Warpeha.  

The delegation also visited Phalen Regional Park  where they viewed “Meditation,” a sculpture crafted by Changsha Master Sculptor, Lei Yixin and walked through the future site of the St. Paul-Changsha Friendship Garden. 

HOPKINS, Minn. – Stages Theatre Company (STC) in collaboration with Mu Performing Arts, presents “Starry River of the Sky,” based on the children’s book, “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” . . .

President Obama announces his intent to nominate Jane Chu as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts 

President Obama announced on Feb. 12 his intent to nominate Dr. Jane Chu as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The president said, “Jane’s lifelong passion for the arts and her background in philanthropy have made her a powerful advocate for artists and arts education in Kansas City. 

Carleton College Chinese Music Ensemble won four medals at the 2014 Huain Cup International Chinese Instrument Competition

 Northfield, Minn.- On the very day the 2014 Winter Olympics were getting underway in Sochi, four members of the Carleton College Chinese Music Ensemble were awarded medals of their own at the 2014 Huain Cup International Chinese Instrument Competition at the Le Petit Trianon Theatre in sunny San Jose, California.

Talk and sculptures by noted ceramicist Gary Erickson

 By Elaine Dunn

 The Chinese Heritage Foundation Friends will host an evening talk by noted ceramicist Gary Erickson on Friday, Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m., at 6711 Lakeshore Dr., Richfield.

The evening also includes a preview of Erickson’s porcelain sculptures

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