By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer
Cultural Perspectives: 100 Years of Chinese American History in Minnesota from 1911 to 2011 – A Story from Within recently opened at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center (BPAC). It was supposed to kick off during the International Festival of Burnsville on June 18, 2011 that included an Opening Reception but, unfortunately, the International Festival was canceled because of the constant rain that occurred throughout the day.
In June of 1982, a 27 year old Chinese American named Vincent Chin went out with friends to celebrate his engagement in Detroit, Mich. What was supposed to be a celebratory and joyous outing unexpectedly turned tragic.
By Anthony James, Staff Writer
The ancient years of the human race were quite grandiose for those wanting to have any sort of knowledge of their past. Records were painstakingly chiseled onto stone tablets, notches were inked onto any sort of garbage to keep track of possessions, and oral traditions painstakingly committed to memory by the chief historians. The art of communication through written word was still a glint in the eyes of society. Safe to say not very many people could recall what happened too far in the past.
Republic of China (Taiwan) Centennial Celebration Commission of MN (ROC100 MN), along with Minnesota Chinese Cultural Services Center (MCCSC), Asian Media Access (AMA), Chinese American Academic and Professionals Association in MN (CAAPAM), International Festival of Burnsville (IFB), the Burnsville Performing Arts Center (BPAC), and several other Chinese community organizations are seeking artworks to display at the Third Annual Cultural Perspectives Exhibition; this year's exhibit is titled Story from Within – Chinese American Artists' Reflection on Their Experience in MN.
The Pan Asian Arts Alliance is leading the Pan Asian Arts Festival in celebrating May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This month-long festival includes three parts.