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May Chen inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Since 2010, the Cleveland International Hall of Fame (CIHF) has inducted people who have made significant and lasting contributions to our multicultural society. Cleveland is home to people representing about 120 different ethnic groups. The CIHF exists not only to honor those special people but also to inspire a new generation of leaders to follow in their footsteps.
Over 150 worthy candidates were nominated for both the 2020 and 2022 Classes of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. The selection committee was advised by previously inducted members of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.
Covid-19 forced the always sold out induction ceremonies to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021. We tried to induct the 2020 class virtually but it was not the same. So once we were able to gather together again, we included the 2020 class in the induction ceremony for the 2022 class on June 7, 2022. The event at Windows on the River was a sell out and the 2020 class finally got their moment in the spotlight.
On the evening of June 7, 2022 May Chen was finally honored in person and was inducted by Margaret Wong.
The annual Cleveland Asian Festival was back live after being virtual during Covid and over 30,000 people came to AsiaTown to enjoy it.
The Cleveland Asian Festival (CAF) is a grassroots festival that highlights Cleveland's AsiaTown, Diversity, and Asian Culture in Northeast Ohio. It was organized in 2010 by volunteer community leaders to celebrate Cleveland's diversity and Asian Pacific American Heritage month (May).
The mission of CAF has remained the same over the years:
Strengthening the identity of AsiaTown and supporting its economic growth
Educating and promoting Asian culture and traditions
Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Cleveland's Diversity
AsiaTown Square Dance Team at Cleveland Asian Festival
The AsiaTown Square Dance Team is a group of Chinese ladies from Cleveland's AsiaTown neighborhood who use dance as a way to stay fit.
AsiaTown Square Dance Team
Watch a video of part of their performance at the 2022 Cleveland Asian Festival.
Kwan Family Lion Dance Team at the 2022 Cleveland Asian Festival
The Kwan family has been performing for over 35 years and for every year of the Cleveland Asian Festival.
Kwan Family Lion Dance Team
Kwan Family Lion Dance Team with CAF Board and Cleveland Guardians
Watch the video of the Lion Dance.
May Chen inducted in Cleveland International Hall of Fame
May Chen and her family immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong. She started Asian Services in Action (ASIA Inc.) to advocate for immigrants, especially Asian American immigrants, and it has grown to be the largest Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) focused health and social services 501(c)(3) organization in the State of Ohio. ASIA has taken on the most challenging tasks to help the underserved, low-income, and immigrant communities across the state.
Due to the Covid pandemic there could not be the usual Hall of Fame induction ceremony with 500 people attending so May Chen was inducted in the office of her longtime friend Margaret Wong who was an inductee in the inaugural class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in 2010.
Michael Byun, her successor as CEO of ASIA Inc., sent his congratulations from Seattle and then May Chen gave her inspiring acceptance speech.
Congratulations May Chen!
Chinese Cultural Garden at One World Day 2021
Cleveland's Chinese community was well-represented at the 75th One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on August 29, 2021. They marched in the Parade of Flags, performed on stages and hosted music, dance and activities in the beautiful Chinese Cultural Garden.
Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) performed on the Centennial Plaza stage
Searching the ClevelandPeople.com map of China for her birthplace
In this episode of Fun with Maps, host Dan Hanson shows map of a city that has been in the news for the last year, Wuhan in central China. There is more to Wuhan than the covid-19 virus. In fact when we look at the map and the transportation options starting with the Yangtze River we see why many have called Wuhan the "Chicago of China." Learn more about this city of 11 million people than what you may see on the news.
Street named for Cleveland Chinese leader Stanley Eng
Ward 7 Councilman Basheer Jones spearheaded a posthumous honor for Mr. Stanley Eng, a community leader, with the addition of an honorary street name to E. 30th Street in Cleveland, Ohio. The Ceremony took place Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Asia Plaza.
Mr. Stanley Eng (1926-2004) was selected for this honor by many leaders in the AsiaTown community. He founded and led several organizations including the Cleveland Chinese Senior Citizens Association, which still exists today, and he was best known for his work on behalf of the poor and elderly residents of Clevelandís Chinatown (now known as AsiaTown). He spearheaded efforts to provide much-needed housing for elderly Chinese Americans that resulted in the Asian Evergreen Apartments on Payne Avenue, launched a meal program serving over 50 seniors per day at Li Wah, and led English language classes at the Cleveland Chinese Christian Church.
Community leader Wayne Wong served as MC for the ceremony honoring the late Stanley Eng.
Cleveland State Confucius Institute Teacher Appreciation Day
The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University hosts an annual Teacher Appreciation Day. Hundreds of teachers and students gathered on October 4, 2019 to learn about Chinese language and culture teaching and learning. They also heard about the Chinese Summer Bridge Camp and other opportunities available to both teachers and students
Chinese Cultural Garden in Parade of Flags at 2019 One World Day
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation hosted the 74th annual One World Day on August 25, 2019. Police estimates say that over 30,000 people visited the Gardens and attended One World Day.
A highlight of One World Day is the Parade of Flags where people in costumes of their heritage carry the flags. This year was undoubtedly the largest and most colorful in memory. Efforts were made to include communities that do not (yet) have a Cultural Garden and they were warmly welcomed.
The Chinese group had one of the largest marching units in the Parade.
The 10th annual Cleveland Asian Festival was held on the weekend of May 18 and 19 in Cleveland's AsiaTown neighborhood on Payne Avenue. It has become a not-to-miss annual event with great entertainment, food, shopping and fun.
Street to be named for Stanley Eng in Cleveland's Asiatown
Wayne Wong, MC of the 2019 Cleveland Asian Festival, and Basheer Jones, Councilman of Ward 7, announced that a street would be named to honor (posthumously) Stanley Eng . Mr. Eng was a champion especially of the poor and elderly of the Chinese community in the neighborhood.
Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association at Cleveland Asian Festival
The Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) performed at the 2019 Cleveland Asian Festival. Chris Tanaka, Channel 19 news anchor was an MC of the 2019 Cleveland Asian Festival (CAF) and introduced the CCCCA acts.
Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association performance
Cleveland Heights High Chinese New Year Celebration
The Chinese Language and Culture classes at Heights High celebrated the Chinese New Year during the week of February 11 with three activities that gave students a taste of the Chinese New Year, celebrated by people across the globe. Throughout the week, Chinese students hosted fun hands-on activities in the cafeteria to share Chinese language and culture with other students. Activities included Chinese Opera Mask making, chopsticks contest, Chinese character paper cutting, painting images of pandas, and Chinese calligraphy.
Chinese New Year Celebration - 2019 Year of the Pig
Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University. February 9, 2019
The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University hosted a Chinese New Year Celebration for the Year of the Pig on Saturday February 9, 2019. Hundreds of people watched 20 performances and then enjoyed a reception.
Chinese community at annual International Cleveland Community Day at the Art Museum
International Cleveland Community Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art is a celebration of the rich diversity of our regionís multiethnic communities, featuring traditional music and dance performances, cultural displays, and ingallery experiences. The Chinese community was well represented with the performances and the Confucius Institute at CSU display table.
Xiaocong Ding, Zijie Li, Wenjun Wang of Confucius Institute at CSU
There were also performances by the Great Wall Enrichment Center and Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association.
Great Wall Enrichment Center Dancers
Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association dancer
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) hosted the 73rd annual One World Day on September 16, 2018. A highlight is the Parade of Flags where people in costumes of their heritage carry the flags. The Chinese Garden was well-represented in the Parade.
Cleveland State Confucius Institute Chinese Bridge Summer Camp
The Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for High School Students took place between June 11 and June 25,2018 and was organized by the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University and Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge's Office based in Cleveland Ohio. The Chinese Bridge Summer Camp that was held in Chengdu and Beijing during June, 2018 was the perfect blend of learning the culture and sightseeing as our time was well-organized over the 14-day period. The camp gave the participants the opportunity to be submerged into the culture through both campus life and life through the lens of a tourist.
More from the Cleveland State Confucius Institute Chinese Bridge Summer Camp
College Professor DING Xiaocong helped chaperone the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for High School Students that took place between June 11 and June 25,2018 and was organized by the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University and Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge's Office based in Cleveland Ohio. Here is her story and photos.
The first prize for Senior Division of Cleveland International Piano Competition 2018 went to Xiao Xuan Li, a 16 year old citizen from Shanghai, The People's Republic of China. Cleveland International Piano Competition Boar Member Anthony Yen says this is the first time a Chinese won first prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition.
Anthony Yen and Xiao Xuan Li
Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Workshop
A Chinese painting and calligraphy event was held at the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University on June 2, 2018. Three artists made presentations on different Chinese art forms to a group of college students and staff from Marietta College, Ohio..
Participants show their calligraphy works with Huiwen Li, Ni Zhang, and Xiaocong Ding
The 2018 Cleveland Asian Festival was another huge success. The 9th annual Cleveland Asian Festival was held on the weekend of May 19 and 20 in Cleveland's AsiaTown neighborhood on Payne Avenue. It has become a not-to-miss annual event with great entertainment, food, shopping and fun.
Chinese heritage of Cleveland Asian Festival headliners
Hanson they told about a documentary film they produced called Finding Cleveland (Mississippi) that dealt with Chinese relatives and others in the Deep South which led to learning about the Chinese Exclusion Act and even the Transcontinental Railroad. They also spoke about their Cantonese roots and told whether their Chinese heritage has hurt, helped or been neutral for their careers.
Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University Chinese New Year Gala
The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University hosted a Chinese New Year Celebration for the Year of the Dog on Saturday February 24.
Provost Dr. Jianping Zhu, the Chief Academic Officer of the University with Dr. Yan Xu, Director, and Xuhong Zhang, Associate Director of the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University with the event MC's
Hundreds of people watched 19 performances and then enjoyed a reception.
Red Lantern dance performance by ladies from the World Qipao United Association of US Ohio Chapter
You can watch videos and see photos of all the performances.
Ohio China Day 2018 was celebrated with a Chinese New Year Gala in Cleveland Public Auditorium on February 24, 2018.
It was organized by Chinese Communities in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Buffalo including Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association, Cleveland Contemporary Chinese School and in Partnership with the City of Cleveland.
Attendees enjoyed spectacular Chinese New Year performances and activities including Lion Dance, Martial Arts, Folk Art Performance, Authentic Chinese Foods, Childrenís Activities, Chinese Drawing, Calligraphy and more.
Ohio Contemporary Chinese School Parents Dance Troupe
Congratulations to Producers Chia-Min Chen, Liming Wang, Nianfa Tang, Bo Li and Zhiqiang Wang.
Celebrate Chinese New Year with the signs of the Chinese Zodiac
Instructors Lu Geng, Hui Pang, Yufei Guo and Xiaocong Ding, and volunteer painter Yufei Li from the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University moderated the Chinese New Year Celebration organized by the Cleveland Public Library on Saturday, Feb 3. The instructors from the Confucius Institute demonstrated Chinese calligraphy and traditional Chinese painting using the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac as models for the demonstration.
Confucius Institute at CSU - Making Happy Chinese New Year Dumplings
On January 31st, the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University held the first workshop in the Chinese Culture Workshop Series; making dumplings to celebrate the approaching Chinese Spring Festival which will be held on February 16, 2018 and Chinese New Year Celebration which will be held on February 24, 2018.
Chinese cuisine enjoys worldwide prestige. Dumplings, are a traditional, mouth- watering comfort food, which make dumplings attractive to students on campuses and citizens around the world.
Schuicheyuan Primary School students perform in Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
Students from the Schuicheyuan Primary School of the Gansu Province in China took a cultural exchange trip to Cleveland during their school's winter break. They performed at the Cleveland Cavaliers game on Tuesday January 2, 2018. The students and their principal Jin YAN and other dignitaries visited Cleveland City Hall the next day.
The students performed a song and then a Flower Drum Dance in the Rotunda.
Anthony Yuantai Yen, Chairman, Trustee Council, Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University (CSU) attended the 12th World Congress of Confucius Institutes held in Xi'an, China. He reported that the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University was one of twenty Confucius Institutes that received the award for Outstanding Institute.
Anthony Yen accepts award at Confucius Institutes Congress in Xian China
Fashions from China at Cleveland multicultural party
The International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) hosted their 8th Annual Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland.
Zijie Li, Lu Geng, Xiaocong Ding and Yufei Guo represented China.
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Tibetan costume is not elaborate. It normally consists only of a chuba, a long capacious robe with wide, elongated sleeves which hang almost to the ground. This is caught up at the waist by a woolen girdle, so that its skirts reach only to the knees and its upper folds form an enormous circular pocket round its wearer's chest.
Qipao, the classic dress for Chinese women, combines the elaborate elegance of Chinese tradition with unique elements of style. The high-necked, closed-collar Qipao / Cheongsam, with a loose chest, fitting waist, and the attractive slits, is one of the most versatile costumes in the world. It can be long or short, some with full, medium, short or even no sleeves at all - to suit different occasions, weather and individual tastes.
Han Chinese clothing had changed and evolved with the fashion of the days since its commonly assumed beginnings in the Shang dynasty. Many of the earlier designs are more gender-neutral and simple in cuttings. Later garments incorporate multiple pieces with men commonly wearing pants and women commonly wearing skirts. Clothing for women usually accentuates the body's natural curves through wrapping of upper garment lapels or binding with sashes at the waist.
Chinese wedding dress is based around the theme of good luck and happiness. Dragon, phoenix, red color are thought to bring good luck and happiness, so they are indispensable elements in Chinese wedding dress. The main color of Chinese wedding dress is bright red, the traditional and sacred color, which is intended to reflect the wedding atmosphere. During the traditional Chinese wedding ceremony, the bride is handed by her groom. Her head is covered by a red veil which is falling down to her shoulder for whole period. The veil is not taken off until all the relatives and friends have left. The groom needs to put the veil off by himself only.
Confucius Institute at CSU International Education Day
On November 16, Confucius Institute was invited to participate at the International Education Day event held by Cleveland State University. International Education Day is an informative and engaging cultural event during Cleveland State University's 2017 International Education Week, which is a week-long event designed to promote diversity on campus.
The Ohio Asian American Economic Summit took place November 14, 2017 at Ariel International Center in Cleveland. Ariel International and Margaret Wong & Associates LLC were the event sponsors. Ariel CEO Radhika Reddy had worked toward this event for years and with the support of Margaret Wong was able to fill the room with people interested in doing business in and with Asia and a stellar group of speakers and panelists including the Consul General of India who flew in from New York and the Consul General of Japan who came in from Detroit.
Lianzhong Pan from Benesch spoke about doing business in China.
Lianzhong Pan from Benesch
Besides sponsoring, Immigration attorney Margaret Wong also spoke.
Immigration Attorney Margaret Wong
Attorney Su He spoke about the Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
On November 14, with the emergence of a new batch of student-created artworks, Confucius Institute's fall semester Chinese Arts Class has successfully come to an end. This course began on October 17, was taught by Confucius Institute's instructors Shunqin Li and Xiaocong Ding, who respectively led the workshops of traditional Chinese painting and seal carving. With a total of eight sessions and attracted more than 100 students and staffs of Cleveland State University, as well as community members from the greater Cleveland area, this course was very well-received.
YiyaHanyu Comes to Confucius Institute along with a Taste of Chen's Style Tai Chi
In the afternoon of November 9th, Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University invited Mr. Aiguo Zhang, creator of YiyaHanyu and general manager of Zhonghe Century Culture Communication (Beijing) Co., Ltd., to present the teachers at Confucius Institute with their educational software named YiyaHanyu. This smart Chinese language learning platform employs an "Internet + New Media" approach that carries out a mobile online-learning experience designed to accelerate students' progress via the latest technology.
Asian Services In Action, Inc. 21st Anniversary Gala
Asian Services In Action, Inc. (ASIA, Inc.) is the largest Asian American & Pacific Islander-focused (AAPI) health and social service 501(c)(3) agency in the State of Ohio. For more than 20 years, they have taken on the most challenging tasks to help the underserved, low-income, and immigrant communities in Northeast Ohio and all across the state. Serving over 28,000 individuals and families annual, ASIA is committed to the AAPI community through the various health and social service programs they offered.
On October 20, 2017 ASIA, Inc. held their 21st Anniversary Gala and Fundraiser at Cleveland State University.
Experiencing Chinese Culture from Ethnic Traditional Clothing
In order to expand American students' horizons and diminish their over-generalized impressions of Chinese people, Xuhong Zhang (Cleveland State University Confucius Institute's associate director), along with teachers Shuo Jin and Jinting Xing, held a two-day Chinese Traditional clothing show at Langston Middle School on October 9 and 10, 2017.
A total of eighty-five students from Grades 6 through 8, have participated in this event and experienced the incredible beauty of traditional Chinese clothing.
Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University Teacher Appreciation Day
Sponsored by the Office of Chinese Language International Council (Hanban), the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University was established in August 2008. Each year they hold an event to honor teachers. About 270 teachers, students and administrators from 26 different schools and organizations attended the 2017 event
Rising Star Gymnastics at Global Cleveland Student Welcome
International students from around the world who are attending school in Cleveland attended InterCLE 2017, a grand welcome for international students hosted by Global Cleveland and Friends of Global Cleveland a new, international young professionals group and with the support of the City of Cleveland. Dancers and acrobats from Rising Star Gymnastics entertained the crowd.
Chinese Bridge Summer Camp - American High School Students in China Summer, 2017
In the summer of 2017, twenty-seven American students from eleven different schools received the opportunity of a lifetime. Thanks to the co-sponsorship of the Honorable Marcia Fudge and Chinese Vice Premier LIU Yandong, these students were able to partake in the Chinese Bridge Program.
Through the program, organized by the Cleveland State University Confucius Institute and joint-organized by the Capital University of Economics and Business(CUEB) in Beijing and Yunnan Normal University in Kunming, students received the chance to spend two weeks immersed in Chinese language, history, food, sights and culture in the cities of Beijing and Kunming (of Yunnan Province).
OCA Cleveland Dragon Dance at 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival May 21, 2017
The persistent rain on Sunday forced the OCA Cleveland Dragon Dance Team to move inside Asia Plaza instead of parading through the Festival grounds. But they did a great job in the Plaza and even danced through Li Wah restaurant to the delight of the diners.
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
Honoring teachers on One World Day in Chinese Cultural Garden
Anthony Yen spoke of the importance of teachers at a ceremony in the Chinese Cultural Garden on One World Day 2015. He told of the great teacher Confucius and how they plant cherry trees each year in the Garden so to one day have a Teacher's Forest. He introduced Dr. Haigang Zhou, the Director of the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University who told about their annual honoring of teachers.
Wayne Wong of OCA Cleveland and a leader of the Cleveland Dragon Dance Team welcomed the crowd to the Chinese Cultural Garden for One World Day 2015. He explained what OCA Cleveland does and how they partner with the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University.
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
Kindergarten girls Chinese dance at Cleveland Festival
Yin Tang introduced the kindergarten class of the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) at the 2013 International Folk Festival at Wade Oval in University Circle in Cleveland. This dance is called Girls of the Mountain Village.
Bird of Youth Chinese dance at Cleveland Festival
Yin Tang introduced young ladies from the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) at the 2013 International Folk Festival at Wade Oval in University Circle in Cleveland. This dance is from Northwest China and performed by the mountain people. It's called The Bird of Youth.
Chinese Peacock from famous Acrobatic Sister
Amy Zhang was one of the original 3 Sisters Acrobatic team and she came out of retirement to perform the famous Peacock Dance from Southeast China at the 2013 International Folk Festival at Wade Oval in University Circle in Cleveland.
2013 Cleveland Asian Festival
May 18-19, 2013
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.