By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer
For 9 days in August, visitors to Mall of America (MOA) were able to literally Experience China without packing a suitcase or leave the United States. This event was sponsored by the China National Tourist Administration (CNTA), hosted by MOA and organized by CIAC Travel, a local travel agency specializing in travel to China.
On March 18 the Chinese Heritage Foundation Friends launched its occasional series of activities at Gramercy Park. Titled A Leisurely Evening at a Chinese Home, this series attempts to reproduce an evening in a traditional multigenerational Chinese household in a simpler time. In many ways it succeeded: the ages of attendees stretched from 3 months to 96 years old! The 3-month-old luxuriated and slept contentedly in the many pairs of loving arms that enveloped him, while his 2-year-old brother played the Chinese game of 5-piece chess with gusto with his much older challengers.
The President will host Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China, at the White House on January 19 for an official State visit. This will be the third State visit of the administration and reciprocates President Obama's State visit to China in November 2009.
Three men who have influenced U.S. –China relations over the years.
By Mary Warpeha, Co-President of the Minnesota Chapter of US-China Peoples Friendship Association
Through a Sept. 6, 2010 invitation by the China Peoples Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (Youxie) US-China Peoples Friendship Association members Joyce Cox, Linda Hanley, Rosemary Thompson, Stanley Yon and Mary Warpeha were given a fantastic lesson and moment in history. We were guests of Youxie traveling to Zhijiang, Hunan to celebrate U.S. efforts to protect the people of China during World War II. Our destination city of Zhijiang was a base for air operations against the Japanese and was also the site of Japanese surrender to China following their defeat. This dedication marks the 65th anniversary of the surrender.
Jesuit missionaries often led the way for political and cultural contacts with other peoples and the Jesuits in China were no exception. Manuscript letters as well as publications by and about these missionaries will be the focus of this exhibit, which will feature the famous 1602 world map by Zhang Wentao and Jesuit Matteo Ricci.