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A Passage to China:

Greetings:

China Insight is pleased to announce that it will again be collaborating with the Chinese Heritage Foundation (CHF) and has finalized plans to hold A Passage to China (APTC) at the Mall of America (MOA). The dates for this year’s APTC will be April 4 and 5, so mark your calendars and make plans to participate in this free, cultural family-oriented, interactive event.

passagetochina2009A Passage to China:

Greetings:

China Insight is pleased to announce that it will again be collaborating with the Chinese Heritage Foundation (CHF) and has finalized plans to hold A Passage to China (APTC) at the Mall of America (MOA). The dates for this year’s APTC will be April 4 and 5, so mark your calendars and make plans to participate in this free, cultural family-oriented, interactive event.

Last year’s inauguration of this event at Southdale Mall was enthusiastically received and we look forward to presenting an even more exciting event at the Best Buy® Rotunda at the MOA where we will have more space to be able to showcase over 40 local Chinese organizations that will present hands-on activities along 3 travel itineraries through different regions of China.

Some of the activities to be included will be the making of lanterns, opera masks and harmonicas; learning to do brush calligraphy, paper folding and using chopsticks; also an opportunity to play games in Chinese trivia, puzzles or riddles. At the end of each itinerary, travelers will bring their completed/stamped “passport” to the CHF table to claim a prize: a Chinese hong bao (red envelop) containing an “ancient” coin on a string necklace.

On Sunday, April 5, there will also be continuous cultural performances throughout the day: singing, story telling, dances, and fashion shows. There will also be demonstrations of Chinese painting and flower arranging. Children will also be invited to participate in lion dances and also an opportunity to make their own jianzi (an ancient Chinese shuttlecock game) and butterflies. These activities will take place at Rotunda and the nearby Sears Court which will provide a much quieter venue for the performances and seating for the audience.

In our effort to reach school students throughout the metropolitan area, we are launching a Butterfly Project for schools. We will be contacting schools and suggesting that their art/Chinese classes make butterflies (out of any materials they wish), within a prescribed size range, to represent distinctive species native to specific regions of China, attach them all to a string, and bring the string to the MOA for public display on our butterfly tree. This simple project will integrate several important areas of a student's learning: art, science, geography and cultural diversity. More information will be forthcoming in the March issue of China Insight and at the CHF Web site.

Promoting cross cultural understanding and harmony is one of the main missions of CHF and China Insight is pleased to be part of this cultural journey at the MOA. While this is a great opportunity for the Chinese community to share its rich culture, history and geography, it is a tremendous undertaking and we invite other members of the community to participate by volunteering and consider providing financial support. For information on how you can be involved, contact either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Photos of last year’s event may be viewed at http://chineseheritagefoundation.org/news/pastevents2008.php

In closing, we invite you to make plans to attend the event and recommend that you even consider organizing this as an event to be enjoyed by your family, business, organization or school. A Passage to China is a rare opportunity to experience the many facets of China that will be conveniently presented at the MOA and there is no cost to attend!

 


Sincerely,


Gregory J. Hugh


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CHINAINSIGHT (CI) is published monthly ((except July/August and November/December are combined) by China Insight, Inc., an independent, privately owned company started in 2001 and headquartered in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.

CHINAINSIGHT is the only English-language American newspaper to focus exclusively on connections between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Our goal is to develop a mutual understanding of each other’s cultures and business environments and to foster U.S.-China cultural and business harmony.