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Chinese New Year Celebration at Asia Plaza

Chinese New Year Celebration
Asia Plaza in Cleveland
The Year of the Tiger
2-13-2010

A taste of what an exciting event we have to look forward to at the upcoming Cleveland Asian Festival was given at the Chinese New Year celebration on Saturday, February 13, 2010. Thousands of people strolled through Asia Plaza to watch performances, sample foods and mix with vendors and organizations.

Informative and fun tables lined the walkway in Asia Plaza and the entertainment was performed in the center area.

Janet Bodjiak and Karen Calta at the International Film Fest table

Janet Bodjiak and Karen Calta at the International Film Fest table

Demi Zhang at the ClevelandPeople.Com table

Demi Zhang at the ClevelandPeople.Com table

Ladies from Tzu Chi Foundation

Ladies from Tzu Chi Foundation

James Nisenson with the Ohio Chinese American News

James Nisenson with the Ohio Chinese American News

International Services Center

Susan Lohwater of the International Services Center

Joe Meisner of the Friendship Foundation

Joe Meisner of the Friendship Foundation

Chinese Women Association of Cleveland

Chinese Women Association of Cleveland

Event Promoter Johnny Wu with Debbie Hanson

Event Promoter Johnny Wu with Debbie Hanson


Dragon for Chinese new Year

3 Generations - Demi Zhang, grandmother Ying Zhe and mother Bing Xu

3 Generations
Demi Zhang, grandmother Ying Zhe and mother Bing Xu



The entertainment was the highlight of the day. The performances began with a Lion Dance by the Kwan Family Lion Dance Team.

New this year was a baby lion (in purple) featuring young members of the Kwan family.

Baby lion at Chinese Lion Dance

Lion Dance for Chinese New Year

Lion Dance for Chinese New Year

Drummer in Lion Dance for Chinese New Year


The next performance included acrobatic and dance routines performed by young boys and girls under the direction of Connie Zhang.

Connie Zhang young Chinese girl acrobats

Connie Zhang young Chinese girl acrobats

Connie Zhang young Chinese girl acrobats

See many more photos and videos of the Connie Zhang acrobats at Asia Plaza


The next performers were from the Chinese Music Group. The Chinese Music Group plays traditional music on authentic instruments such as the bamboo flute, Chinese guitar and Guzheng.

Chinese Music Group plays bamboo flute, Chinese guitar and Guzheng


Young musicians such as Allison Jin (below) also performed

Allison Taylor of Chinese Music Group plays Guzheng

See many more photos and videos of the Chinese Music Group


The next group were the drummers from Daiko Icho Taiko. Icho Daiko is a Cleveland Taiko group formerly based in Oberlin. Taiko has played an important role in Japan's history since the tenth century.

Daiko Icho Taiko Drummers

See more photos and videos of the drummers from Daiko Icho Taiko


This was followed by martial arts demonstrations by T'shaka Brown and Master Hu.

Kung Fu demonstration

T'Shaka Brown and student

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson proudly watched his nephew perform

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson after he proudly
watched his nephew perform


Kung Fu demonstration


The final performance of the day was by the Westlake Chinese School. They performed various dance routines.

Westlake Chinese School dancers

Westlake Chinese School dancers

See more photos and videos of the Westlake Chinese School

It was a terrific day and we can't wait till May 22 for the Cleveland Asian Festival. "Gung Hay Fat Choy" or "Best wishes and Congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year!"

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