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Confucius Birthday in Cleveland Chinese Cultural Garden

Honoring Teachers by Planting a Tree
Cleveland Chinese Cultural Garden
September 17, 2014


Staue of Confucius in Cleveland Chinese Cultural Garden

Statue of Confucius in Cleveland Chinese Cultural Garden


Each year members of the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University and representatives of the Cleveland Chinese community gather at the Chinese Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio and plant a cherry tree. They plant the tree on Confucius' birthday to honor teachers.

Elizabeth Miller, Lisa Wong and Anthony Yen plant tree in Chinese Cultural Garden

Elizabeth Miller, Lisa Wong and Anthony Yen
plant a tree in Chinese Cultural Garden


Elizabeth Miller, Lisa Wong and Anthony Yen plant tree in Chinese Cultural Garden


Dr. Anthony Yen (Yan Yuan Tai) serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University (CSU). Dr. Yen, Confucius Institute Assistant Director for Educational Outreach Elizabeth Miller, OCA Cleveland President Lisa Wong and teachers from the Confucius Institute gathered at the Chinese Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio and planted a cherry tree.

Planting a tree for Confucius  in Cleveland Chinese Cultural Garden

Xuwei Li, visiting professor, Confucius Institute, Lisa Wong - OCA President, Josianne Yen, Anthony Yen, Board Chairman, Elizabeth Miller, Outreach Director, Mu Li, program coordinator, Confucius Institute and Li Wang, visiting professor, Confucius Institute




Dr. Yen was asked what he learned from Confucius and he said that it was "Equality. Everyone has a right to be educated." He also told of the lessons for merchants derived from the Silk Road.

Anthony Yen in Chinese Cultural Garden

Anthony Yen in Chinese Cultural Garden



Confucius Institute Group at Cleveland Chinese Cultural Garden


Dr. Yen also explained the lion statues at the Chinese Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio and revealed plans to replace the large bronze statue of Confucius with a granite statue. He hopes to plant so many cherry trees in honor of Confucius and teachers that it becomes a Teacher's Forest.

Lion statue at Cleveland Chinese Cultural Garden



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