The Cleveland Food Adventurers travelled to China via The Pearl Asian Kitchen. Chef Rose Wong prepared a special menu anticipating the upcoming Chinese New Tear celebration for the 50 adventurers.
Chef Wong told of the 5 different flavors of Chinese food and how the food varies in different parts (North, South, etc.) of China. Chef Wong also told of some of the colorful names of Chinese food that come from pronunciation, legend and superstitions. For example, the dish called Ants climbing tree is basically ground beef or pork over fried vermicelli. Field Chicken is really frogs. Spring rolls are lucky because they look like gold bars. Glutinous rice is good for family unity.
Chinese Cultural Garden and Confucius Institute January 10, 2017
Anthony Yen and Dr. Wang Yunmei spoke about the Chinese Garden, part of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and emphasized the importance of teachers who are honored in the Chinese Garden each year. They also spoke about the huge 7.5 ton granite Confucius statue and the male and female lion statues which protect the Chinese Garden.
Dr. Yan Yan Xu, director of the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University and Professor Xuhong Zhang, Associate Director of the Confucius Institute spoke about the many important works of the Confucius Institute including Chinese New Year's celebrations and scholarships.
Anthony Yen, Professor Xuhong Zhang and Dr. Yan Yan Xu
Health Disparities in Asian Populations November 10, 2016
Margaret Wong and Associates and Case Western Reserve University joined together to create an evening reception to promote health, education, and awareness to the Asian community in Cleveland. The event featured an educational seminar by Li Li, MD PhD, Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Professor and Director. Dr. Li spoke about Acculturation and Health Disparities in Asian Population.
Chinese Cultural Garden at One World Day August 28, 2016
The Chinese Cultural Garden participated in the 71st annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. They had many activities including marching in the annual Parade of Flags, the annual Planting of a Tree to honor teachers, the OCA Dragon Dance team, acrobatic and dance performances and the Passport to Peace program which shared Chinese culture with the many visitors to the Garden.
Cleveland's Asian Immigrant Communities August 10, 2016
On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, Global Cleveland hosted a panel discussion at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage titled: Begin the Conversation: Cleveland's Immigrant Communities Today: Pan-Asian Community.
Four members of the Cleveland Asian community spoke and answered questions from moderator Jeffery Allen: Gia Hoa Ryan who came to the US from her native Vietnam in 1971, Asim Datta who came from India, Johnny Wu who has lived in Panama, Taiwan and other places and represented the Chinese community and Nupur Goel who is in the 11th Grade at Gilmour Academy. Her parents emigrated from India 20+ years ago.
Jeffery Allen, Asim Datta, Nupur Goel, Johnny Wu and Gia Hoa Ryan
Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese Painting at Cleveland Museum of Art
Until Sunday April 24,2016 visitors can see the Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese Painting at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery | Gallery 011.
Drawn from the Cleveland Museum of Artís renowned collection of Chinese paintings and in celebration of the museumís 100th anniversary in 2016, this small but potent exhibition features ten masterworks of Chinese art. A fine assemblage in various subjects and styles, spanning from the Song to the Qing dynasties, provides a visual feast: all are rare treasures and iconic works.
A highlight of the 6th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity held in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) was the multicultural fashion show.
1.Nadia Asif -(black silk dress with a chrysanthemums is a symbol of prosperity)
2. Yan Yu*- red silk dress with plum blossoms- a symbol for strength
3. Allen Liew (male)- a traditional Chinese jacket with gold inlay, which symbolizes royalty. The symbols on the jacket meant-"good fortune" and bats which also symbolizes a good fortune.
4. Xiaoli Zhang* -gold dress with butterfly- as a symbol of love.
5. Sibley Strader - costume for the Mood Goddess; it is believed that if you look up at the full moon during the Chinese mid-Autumn Festival you'll see the Moon Goddess with rabbit on it.
6. Han Wang* -red silk dress with a bamboo- a symbol for a scholar
*Yan, Xiaoli and Han-are exchange students and this is their first time being in the USA
Chinese Fashion at Cleveland Museum of Art International Community Day
On October 4, 2015 the Cleveland Museum of Art hosted its annual International Cleveland Community Day in the Ames Family Atrium. The International Community Council -Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) put on an International Fashion Show at the event.
Flora Mark from Cleveland's Chinese community explained her clothing to Ken Kovach of ICC-WIN. She wore a Cheongsam which means long clothes in the Cantonese dialect. It is a body-hugging one-piece Chinese dress.
Great Wall Enrichment Center at Cleveland Museum of Art International Community Day
Young Athletes from China at Continental Cup in Cleveland
The Continental Cup, put on by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, is now in its 10th year and the 2015 event had 3300 athletes from 11 countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Mongolia, China, Bermuda, China, Colombia, Canada, Brazil, Nepal and Greece.
Young Athletes from China at Continental Cup in Cleveland
Chinese Lunar New Year by Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University
The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University, Asian Services In Action, Inc., the Chinese American Faculty & Staff Association, Cleveland Asian Festival, the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association, the Chinese Professionals and Entrepreneurs Association, the Cleveland Public Library, Media Design Imaging, OCA Cleveland Chapter, and Westlake Chinese School gathered together for a celebration of the Lunar New Year.
Representatives from the Chinese community participated in the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio. They modeled Chinese costumes at the International Fashion Show which featured traditional costumes of dozens of countries.
About 1000 people celebrated the Annual Mass and Gathering on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 12 noon at St. Clarence Church. This is the 17th year the event was hosted by the Asian Ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland. It was an afternoon of family celebration of Asian culture and spirituality beginning with the celebration of the Mass with the Most Rev. Roger W Gries, OSB along with priests from the different Asian Catholic communities.
The cultural and ethnic diversity of the Asian Catholic communities assembled at the Mass was reflected throughout the celebration. Members of the various Asian communities came together with their own traditions, dressed in colorful ethnic clothes: shimmering saris, kimonos, karawangs, hanboks, barongs, and ao dai. The entrance procession included Vietnamese drums. During the Mass there was an incense ceremony by the Vietnamese, and the Indian aarti. Hymns were sung by the choirs in various Asian languages: Tagalog (Filipino), Korean, Vietnamese and Hindi (Indian).
The readings and the prayers of the faithful were also said in various Asian languages.
Rosa Lee playing the guzheng at Asian Catholic Mass
Over the years there has been damage to the pedestal and statue of Confucius in the Chinese Cultural Garden in Cleveland. A new granite pedestal and larger-than-life statue of Confucius were installed on Friday October 3, 2014.
Cleveland Chinese Cultural Garden September 17, 2014
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 a tree in Chinese Cultural Garden
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
May 28, 2014 The City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, led by Asian Liaison Chia-Min Chen, hosted an Asian Heritage Day Celebration on May 28, 2014 in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda.
Over 60 Asian community groups and organizations participated. Chia-Min Chen called them up to the stage one at a time and each gave an elevator speech explaining their organization. The following Chinese groups were represented:
Asian Evergreen Housing Corporation
Chinese Professionals & Entrepreneurs Association
Cleveland Chinatown Development Corporation
Cleveland Chinese Benevolent Association
Cleveland Chinese Senior Citizens Association
Chinese Academy of Cleveland
Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University
Formosan Association of Public Affairs
Hmong Community of Cleveland, Akron and Northeast Ohio
North American Taiwanese Medical Association
Ohio Association of Teachers of Chinese
On Leong Chinese Merchants Association
Organization of Chinese Americans of Greater Cleveland
Taiwanese Student Association from CASE
Taiwanese Student Association from Cleveland State University
Westlake Chinese School
Learn more about the Chinese organizations (and the other Asian groups) including photos and videos of the group leaders at the Asian Organizations in Cleveland pages.
Dr. Sun Yat-sen statue unveiled
A delegation from Zhongshan, China visited sister city Cleveland Ohio and presented the city with a gift - a bronze statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the first president and founding father of the Republic of China.
Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the first president and founding father of the Republic of China, visited Cleveland during his exile years in the United States. The statue resides at the Emperor's Palace in Cleveland's Chinatown neighborhood on Rockwell.
A delegation from Zhongshan, China visited sister city Cleveland Ohio and presented the city with a gift - a bronze statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the first president and founding father of the Republic of China. At the reception following the unveiling, Cleveland councilmen Brian Cummings, Jeff Johnson and TJ Dow presented a proclamation to Han Zesheng, President of the Zhongshan Public Diplomacy Association.
Musical Journey along the Silk Road - Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Yazhi Guo is a Chinese musician best known for his invention of the suona with a removable reed. Guo served as principal suona performer for the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra from 1999 to 2011. Guo won a Hong Kong Arts Development Award for Best Artist (Music) in 2012.
He performed at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for the Traveling the Silk Road exhibit and explained and demonstrated various ancient Chinese horns and reed instruments.
CSU Confucius Institute Chinese New Year Gala - China Welcomes Spring
The Confucius Institute at CSU was established in August 2008 and is a partnership between Cleveland State University, the Office of Chinese Language Council International (the "Hanban"), and Beijing's Capital University of Economics and Business.
To celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Confucius Institute hosted the Northeast Normal University Art Troupe for a presentation of "China Welcomes Spring," a collection of modern and traditional dances, art, music, martial arts, calligraphy, and painting.
Organization of Chinese Americans Cleveland Chapter Inauguration Reception
Organization of Chinese Americans is a national organization whose stated mission is to advance the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) in the United States. The 2014 Inauguration of the new officers of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Cleveland Chapter was held in the offices of Margaret W. Wong on February 8, 2014.
Besides the induction of new officers, the event included speeches (Mayor Jackson, Margaret Wong, OCA National president Sharon Wong and others), presentations about OCA activities and some terrific cultural performances.
Margaret Wong, Mayor Jackson, Sharon Wong and Lisa Wong
Young ladies from the Great Wall Enrichment Center of Cleveland performed a traditional Chinese dance called Moonlight at the 4th annual Worldwide Intercultural Network (WIN) holiday celebration of global diversity at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland.
Presented by the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University
October 5, 2013
The Beijing Sea-Dream Art Troupe provided "cultural and artistic performances celebrating and expressing Chinese traditional ethnic culture including vocal and instrumental music, opera, drama, and dance" at a special performance on October 5, 2013. Their appearance in Cleveland was sponsored by the Confucius Institute, Cleveland State University, and the Confucius Institute headquarters in China.
The ensemble was created by the Beijing Haidian district Culture Commission. The official mission of the group is "to promote national culture, disseminate elegant arts."
In addition to a fabulous assortment of artistic styles the costume were of rich, vibrant colors creating exactly the mood the accompanying music demanded.
The Waterfall of Everwhite Mountain by Beijing Sea-Dream Art Troupe
The 4th annual Cleveland Asian Festival attracted 38,380 attendees over the weekend of May 18-19, 2013. They spent over $2 million in the AsiaTown neighborhood. There were dozens of performances from local, regional, and national performing groups including headliner Cheesa from NBC's The Voice.
People enjoyed Asian cuisine from over 20 different restaurants and shopping in the World Market which was filled with merchants of Asian themed products while sponsors had informational displays at their tent.
Students from South Central University for Nationalities in Hubei province's capital Wuhan performed music,dance, martial arts and more representing Colorful China at the Colorful China program to benefit the Sichuan Earthquake Relief. They performed at Cleveland State University and sponsored by the Confucius Institute at CSU.
Cuyahoga Community College West and the Parma City School District presented the annual Culture Shock on April 18, 2013. The event included tables representing various nationalities and cultures as well as multi-cultural performances. Award Winning Filmmaker Johnny Wu was the keynote speaker.
Johnny Wu, President of the Organization of Chinese Americans - Cleveland Chapter and co-founder of the Cleveland Asian Festival, explains the Year of the Snake and how to say Happy New Year in Mandarin at a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration in Cleveland's AsiaTown.
The Year of the Snake was celebrated throughout Asia Town in Cleveland with day-long celebrations. Music, dance, Martial Arts, food, vendors, groups and, of course, a Lion Dance, were part of the festivities.
The Emperor's Palace restaurant opened on Rockwell with a ribbon cutting and lion dance. The opening celebration was particularly special because it coincided with a visit from Yang Wenlong, Vice Mayor of Zhongshan Municipal People's Government, He Yifang, Deputy Secretary General of Zhongshan Municipal People's Government and members of their delegation, Xie Junjie, Huang Shihang and Chen Li E from Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China.
Yang Wenlong, Vice Mayor of Zhongshan Municipal People's Government with Donna Hom
Faces of Chinatown Cleveland Chinatown Photography and Oral History Project Asian Town Center September 14, 2012
This exhibit captured portions of the immigrant's history from old family photos and documents to newspaper images to glimpses into today's family activities.
Speakers included George Kikano, MD, Department Chairman, Family Medicine, UH Case Medical Center, Li Li, MD, PhD Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, CWRU and fellowship graduate student in biomedical research Yan Yan.
Dr. Li Li, Margaret Wong, Dr. George Kikano and David Fleshler
Cleveland's Chinese Community at Cleveland's 216th birthday party event
Judy May Chu is the U.S. Representative for California's 32nd congressional district, serving since 2009. She is the first Chinese American woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress and is chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.
2010 Chinese New Year celebration at Asia Plaza Lots of pictures and videos Performances by Kwan Family Lion Dance, Connie Zhang acrobats, Daiko Icho Taiko, Chinese Music Ensemble, T'shaka Brown, Master Hu and the Westlake Chinese School
Chinese Fan Dance performed by Cleveland State University students
On December 14, 2009 Tsingtao Brewery Co. signed a multi-year agreement with the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers to become the exclusive Chinese beer of Quicken Loans Arena. The partnership is the first between Tsingtao, China's most popular beer company, and an NBA team and arena in the United States. Executives from the Cavaliers and Tsingtao were joined by current and former Cavaliers, the Cavs Dancers and the award-winning Tsingtao Dancers.
Cavaliers GM Danny Ferry, QSL Chairman Kenneth Huang, Tsingtao President of Global Marketing, Ms. Xu Yan, Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena President Len Komoroski, Tsingtao CFO Mr. Guo Yu Sun and Cavs legend Campy Russell toast the agreement
For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation.
After World War II, the Communists under Mao Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people.
Mao Zedong proclaiming the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949
After 1978, his successor Deng Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled.
For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight.