Not even a pandemic can keep down the celebration for this spirited nonagenarian.  

Yes, on July 4, Ming Tchou turned 96.  Her friends and families from near and far held a party to mark the occasion via Zoom.  

Ming Tchou has been an active volunteer in the Chinese community in Minnesota for more than 40 years, and has won numerous awards, including the leadership award from the Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans.  She was a founding member of the U. S. China Peoples Friendship Association and the Chinese Senior Citizens Society, serving as its president for more than a decade. 

In 2004 she created the Chinese Heritage Foundation (CHF) with the goal of preserving and promoting the understanding of Chinese culture, history and heritage in Minnesota; and it was the CHF Advisory Committee that organized the Zoom party.


Reflecting on her 40 years in Minnesota, Ming said, "We should learn how to share ideas with each other and to do it often."  Through the Chinese Heritage Foundation, she established at the Minneapolis Foundation, she plans to devote the coming years to promoting this important function within the Chinese community and the Greater Twin Cities with events such as A Passage to China and Dream of the Red Chamber. 

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