garden chansha groupJoin in the celebration of the construction of the St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden at Phalen Park.  Three structures fabricated in Changsha, the Xiang  Jiang Pavilion, the Hmong Heritage Wall, and the West Entrance Arch, will arrive around June 30.  On July 10, twelve artisans will arrive from Changsha to supervise the installation of the Xiang Jiang Pavilion, the sister-city gift from Changsha.  Come and celebrate the official Ceremonial Groundbreaking and Sister-city 30-year Anniversary on July 14, immediately following the opening ceremony of the Dragon Festival at 10:30.  Join the lion dancers parade at the Dragon Boat area along Phalen Lake to the construction site to see the progress and take photos of Mayor Melvin Carter and other dignitaries breaking ground.  This will be followed by a celebration at the Amphitheater next to Changsha Master Lei Yixin’s "Meditation" sculpture of cultural performances and making new friends.  Follow:


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The Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society announced that the respective gifts between the sister cities of Saint Paul and Changsha, China, have been shipped and will soon be installed in their permanent homes in Saint Paul’s Phalen Regional Park and Changsha’s Yanghu Wetland Parks.

Phalen Regional Park in Saint Paul will be receiving a replica of the famous Aiwan Pavilion in Changsha’s Yanghu Wetlands Park in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the St. Paul-Changsha sister city relationship.  Chinese artisans will travel to Saint Paul later this summer to install the pavilion designed in the 18th century during the Qing Dynasty.

In exchange, Saint Paul is sending five Peanuts characters to Changsha’s park with artwork by Hmong artist Kao Lee Thao, Chinese artist Yudong Shen and TivoliToo, the company that has made hundreds of the statues around Saint Paul. Statues sent to China include Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus and Snoopy’s Dog House with Minnesota state symbols such as a loon, lady slipper, pine and butterfly.  Shen painted the dog house.

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By Greg Hugh  

Lucy Statue by Charles SchultzMembers of the Minnesota Hmong and Chinese communities along with many city and state government representatives recently attended a special unveiling ceremony for Nkauj Hmong Lucy as guests of the Hmong Cultural Plaza Advisory Group held at the Community School of Excellence in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Nkauj Hmong Lucy is one of five Peanuts characters that will be sent to the City of Changsha, Hunan Province, China this spring as part of the Saint Paul-Changsha Sister City gift-exchange project established by the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society to coincide with the 30-year sister-city celebration in 2018.

The program included cultural performances and presentations from leaders from the Hmong community, local and state officials and the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society. It also included comments from Kao Lee Thao, the artist who painted Hmong Lucy.

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By Greg Hugh

Unfortunately, the Minnesota Vikings lost in the NFC Divisional Championship game to the Philadelphia Eagles thus disappointing die-hard Viking supporters dreaming of playing at home in Super Bowl XII.  On the other hand, those who attended the Western Suburb Chinese Association Gala (WSCA) that disappointing evening got to enjoy quite an evening in the elegantly decorated Legacy Adult Daycare Center in Golden Valley, Minnesota. 

The more than 300 guests were greeted by a Snoopy statue that will be sent to Changsha, China, as part of the St. Paul – Changsha China Friendship Garden at Phalen Park project.  Proceeds from this WSCA Chinese New Year Gala will be donated to the project.

According to Linda Mealy-Lohmann, president of the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society (MCFGS), the gala was developed out of a preview initiative to showcase the five Peanuts statues that will be sent to Changsha, by different organizations within the Chinese community.  Chen Zhou, lead organizer of the event, suggested that the WSCA would modify their Chinese New Year celebration plans and make it a fundraiser for the Friendship Garden at Phalen Park.

Zhou welcomed the gathering and went over the program for the evening, which included a song by a male duo, martial arts demonstrations by visiting Chinese athletes who also invited members of the audience to participate, a gymnast performing with ribbons, ball and hoops, a fan dance and another male singer that walked through the gathering while performing.

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By Joy Guo, Contributor

On Saturday, October 7, 2017, the Twin City Civic Chinese American Forum had held its sixteenth public event, a talk and discussion about civic leadership, cohosted by UCA, Beijing University Twin City Alumni and sponsored by the CLF Foundation.

The Forum was set to discuss how to inspire Chinese and Asian Americans to participate in civic endeavors and public service.  Forum attendees strongly agreed that Chinese Americans should be more inclusive, bipartisan, compassionate and respectful with each other in public and civic life; Community leaders should inspire Chinese Americans with different socio-economic backgrounds to engage in all kinds of civic activities. These approaches are ultimately the only ways leading our community forward.

More than a hundred Chinese Americans and other Asian Americans (Vietnamese and Hmong people) came to attend the event and discussed.

The forum was organized by the Peking University Alumni Association (PKUAA-MN), co-hosted by the Chinese American Association of Minnesota (CAAM), Minnesota Chinse Physicians Association, Asian American Center for Excellence, Minnesota Chinese Coalition, the Tsinghua University Alumni Association, and Chinese for Social Justice. This is the second of the four UCA (United Chinese Americans) civic leadership forums, sponsored by the CLF Foundation for the fall season of 2017. The first UCA CLF was successfully held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 30, 2017, just one week before.

Nine speakers from the grassroots, city, county, state and federal level government were invited to give a talk. They are federal judge of Minnesota, state senators, legal scholars, former Chinese city council member, former candidate for state representative, and leaders of local community organizations. During the discussion, they explained how the judicial and legislative branches of government of Minnesota  work; they shared their experience of public service, and discussed the topics that Chinese and Asian American communities are most interested in and concerned about.

Supported by Chinese American Association of Minnesota and its President Mr. Yan Bingwen, this forum is part of a series of mid-autumn festival  celebration in Twin City, MN. President of the Alumni Association of Peking University Jennifer Huang gave the opening remarks, while former president of the Alumni Association of Peking University Joy Guo and Gloria Liao, co-hosted the forum.

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