The Chinese Heritage Foundation (CHF) celebrated four years of grant-making and outreachcultural activities with an afternoon open house at the Gramercy Parkparty room in Richfieldon Oct. 19.   Several award recipients, including Arts Midwest, Patrick Henry High School and artist Tacoumba Aikens recapped highlights of their award activities. 

Authentic Food was plentiful at CHF event

Zhiguo Ye, a recipient of the Foundation’s Fellowship in WWII in East Asia at the Department of History of the University of Minnesota also reported on the progress of her doctoral research. 

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Greg Hugh, of China Insight, revisited the highly successful community wide event, A Passage to China that was a collaboration between China Insight and CHF.  Yin Simpson talked about the many outreachactivities of the Foundation’s calligraphy team; and Pearl Bergad gave a summary of President Bush’s speech on volunteering that she attended at the White House last month.

There was a break in the formal presentations when the moderator of the event, Margaret Wong, introduced a song she had quickly composed to reflect the mission of the Chinese Heritage Foundation.  The lyrics are as follows and is sung to the melody of Frère Jacques (Are you sleeping?).

I love China.  I love China.

Do you too? Do you too?

I love her culture.

I love her heritage.

That's why we are here.

That's why we are here.  

Fred and Jennie Hsiao were also on hand to receive the Chinese Minnesotan of Note Award that CHF had bestowed on Fred.  An article on the announcement of this award was printed in the April, 2008, issue of ChinaInsight and can be viewed at by clicking on the archive button.

The Open House concluded with comments by Sandra Vargas, president and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation, during which she praised CHF for its multifaceted activities, both in the Twin Cities and elsewhere in Minnesota.

Editor’s Note: Membership in CHF is open toall Minnesotans and information can be obtained at

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