By Tao Peng, contributor

This year marked the 13th year of Dragon Festival in St. Paul.  The festival, as always, took place on the second weekend in July.  There were a total of 28 dragon boat teams in the festival’s signature dragon boat race: 16 teams raced on Saturday and 12 on Sunday.  In addition to race trophies, there were awards for “Best team spirit” and “Best team T-shirts.” 

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By Cheng RuZhao

The famous Chinese Renmin University Affiliate High School troupe (RDFZ), led by Mr. Tan DaSheng, deputy director of the Foreign Cultural Relations Bureau, Chinese Ministry of Culture, gave two spectacular local performances for Spring Festival events in February.  Also accompanying the troupe were Miss Zhang Yi, director of Foreign Affairs of RDFZ; Miss Liu Xiaohui, vice principal of RDFZ and Miss Ya Na, art director of RDFZ.

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By Elaine Dunn

There was a good buzz inside the Gramercy Park party room in Bloomington on March 8 where the Chinese Heritage Foundation was going to present an update on its “Dream of the Red Chamber” commission.  A dream and vision by Ming Tchou, the founder of CHF, was inching ever closer to reality.

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By Liu Xiaohe, TCCDC

To celebrate Chinese New Year, Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center (TCCDC) presented “Dance of Joy V” on Feb. 7 & 8 at The O’Shaughnessy, Saint Paul.

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Community UMChina100Logo r72University of Minnesota begins yearlong China 100 celebration 

As one of the first universities to resume academic exchanges with China in 1979, the University of Minnesota hopes to continue its strong commitment to developing more exchange and partnership opportunities with China in the next 100 years. During the 2013-2014 academic year, the University of Minnesota will celebrate China 100, a yearlong celebration honoring the first students from China and the wealth of connections that have come since. It recognizes the past and looks at future engagements between the University of Minnesota and China.

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