USCPFA-MN Chinese New Year Banquet
Sunday, February 9, 2014 5pm Grand Szechuan Restaurant
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Harbin Shaanxi Music Exchange 2014
July 26-August 10, 2014
Support a New Level of Sister City and Province Connection!
The U.S. China Peoples Friendship Association – Minnesota Chapter, in cooperation with Meet Minneapolis and other community partners, is proud to announce an exciting new phase in the longstanding Sister City relationship between Minneapolis and Harbin (Heilongjiang Province), China.
In response to Harbin Mayor Song Xibin’s invitation, and in keeping with the USCPFA-MN’s mission to promote educational and cultural exchanges between the peoples of the United States and China, the USCPFA-MN is teaming with the St. Anthony Brass Quintet to send this outstanding Minnesota musical ensemble to the bi-annual Harbin Summer Music Festival. This invitation marks the first time that a performing group from Minnesota has been invited through the Sister City program to perform in Harbin at this prestigious international event.
The St. Anthony Brass Quintet is one of the premier chamber ensembles in Minnesota. Comprised of professional orchestral musicians who are also established music educators, the group performs in recital frequently. The Quintet has appeared on Minnesota Public Radio and brings music to young people throughout Minnesota through the “Young Audiences of Minnesota” program. Their breadth of style and accomplishment make the Quintet perfect ambassadors of Minnesota music performance and education.
The USCPFA-MN is working with the St. Anthony Brass Quintet and Meet Minneapolis to raise $50,000 for the Harbin Shaanxi Music Exchange 2014 project. Most of the funds will go toward international and intra-China travel for the Quintet and accompanying support, as well as accommodations and other ground expenses for in Xi’an and Beijing. Harbin, the host Sister City will cover most of the cost of land arrangements. As a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations to the USCPFA-MN for this project are tax-deductible to the donor under applicable IRS regulations.
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2013 Past Events
China Talk Series – Talk #7
November 7, 2013, Panel Discussion “Teaching Chinese Language and Culture: ‘Stuffing the Duck’ or a New Approach?” led by two MN Chapter members- Margaret Wong, one of the first Chinese language teachers in MN who has been teaching Chinese for more than 35 years and founded the National Chinese Language Teachers Association, and Neil Bray, who taught in Shanghai for 4 years before returning to Minnesota where he teaches Chinese to middle school students and Chairs the Language Department at St. Paul Academy. They were joined by Chinese language students from Breck, St. Paul Academy, and Macalester. The panelists talked about their experiences – successes and challenges – as teachers and learners of Chinese.
October 18-20, 2013 USCPFA National Convention: “China and the United States: Weaving Friendship through History and the Arts”
Mary Warpeha, Wen Li, Barbara Harrison, Annie Rollins, and Charles Petersen from the MN Chapter attended the National Convention in Richmond, Virginia, on October 18-20, 2013. Annie Rollins, Puppet and Theatre Creator, gave a presentation on Chinese Shadow Puppetry. Congratulations to MN Chapter member Wen Li, who is the new National Treasurer. Congratulations to MN Chapter member Charles Petersen who was awarded the Koji Ariyoshi Award.
China Talk Series – Talk #6
October 3, 2013. View “Autumn Gem” – A documentary film about Qiu Jin, China’s First Feminist; followed by a discussion about this radical women’s rights activist, led by Xin YANG, Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Culture, Macalester College.
September 21, 2013 Moon Festival Slideshow
Celebrating 25 Years of St. Paul-Changsha Sister-City Relationship. “Mooncakes and Music” by St. Anthony Brass Quintet at Phalen Park.
September 2013 – USCPFA Yellow Mountain Tour
Led by Minnesota Chapter Vice President Linda Mealey-Lohmann to Yellow Mountain (including neighboring villages, and Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou). Click here for itinerary.
July 23, 2013 Consul General Zhao Weiping visits Minnesota
Consul General Zhao and his delegation made their first trip to Minnesota. USCPFA-MN hosted CG Zhao and Consul Wang Ruibin for dinner at the Teahouse to discuss past and future projects for collaboration.
July 14, 2013 USCPFA-MN Celebrates Minneapolis Sister-City Celebration
USCPFA-MN highlighted the Minneapolis-Harbin, China, sister-city relationship by showing a DVD of Harbin, demonstrating how to make jiaozi (dumplings), and entertaining visitors with Chinese song and dance. Thanks to Weiming Lu for the photos.
July 13, 2013 – Phalen Park Dragon Festival
USCPFA-MN sponsored “Team Friendship” to row one of the magnificent dragon boats. There were lots of smiles and cheering for the team as they competed in the various heats. USCPFA-MN’s booth informed visitors about the St. Paul-Changsha sister-city 25-year relationship. Click for more photos.
China Talk Series – Talk #5
May 13, 2013, An Wei, long-time friend of USCPFA-MN, on “Promoting Grassroots Democracy.” Click here for talk details. Click here for “Promoting Grassroots Democracy” article by An Wei.
USCPFA-MN Board members Mary Warpeha and Linda Mealey-Lohmann accompanied Venerable Xianqi and Venerable Xianwei for a tour of St. John’s Abbey and an interfaith dialogue with St. John’s Benedictine Monk Brother Aaron, which included the opportunity to participate in several prayer services and view the hand-written and illuminated St. John’s Bible.
April 2013 USCPFA-MN participates in Passage to China
USCPFA-MN sponsored an interactive cultural activity at the fourth annual Passage to China event Mall of America, hosted by the Chinese Heritage Foundation. Activities included learning to write Chinese characters and identifying photos from MN’s 3 key sisters” in China – Shaanxi Province, Harbin, and Changsha.
Kit Spangler, Co-Chair of Harbin Committee, engages in a lively conversation in Chinese
Board Members Yue-him Tam and Linda Mealey-Lohmann tell visitors about the two China Garden projects.
Co-sponsored Grant supporting Annie Rollins and her Chinese Shadow Puppet Research. Annie recently performed, “There’s Nothing to Tell” on March 15-17 and 22-24 at the Heart of the Beast Theatre. Click here for details.
USCPFA-MN Chinese New Year Banquet welcomed 115 attendees to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Snake on February 17, 2013 at Little Szechuan Restaurant. Margaret Wong served as Emcee; Sister-City Chairs Neil Bray, Amy Xu, and Kit Spangler talked about upcoming events; Linda Mealey-Lohmann talked about progress with the two China Garden projects. The highlight of the evening was the Chinese New Year Lion Dance by the Hong De Choy Li Fut Lion Dancers.
Bob Schmitt, Website Designer, with Treasurer Wen Li (left bottom photo) and Membership Chair Glynis Hinschberger with her daughter (right bottom photo).
Minnesota Receives Award from Shaanxi Province for 30 years of friendship work.
On March 12, USCPFA-MN made a presentation to Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon of the award given to the State of Minnesota at the Friendship Forum of the China Peoples Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries in Chengdu. This award had been accepted for Minnesota by Mary Warpeha in Chengdu during the International Friendship Cities Forum in September 2012. USCPFA-MN Board members Walter Graff, Joyce Hsiao, Mary Warpeha, and Amy Xu in attendance.
USCPFA-MN Co-sponsors 2012-2013 China Talk Series with Macalester College History Department and Macalester Chinese Culture Club
April 9, 2013 – Board Member Kit Spangler, Director of Marketing and Sales, Ten Square International, on “Counting Calories: China, the United States, and World Food Security.” Click here for details
March 5, 2013 – Jamie Monson, Professor of History, Macalester College on “Reaching Out: Chinese in Africa, African’s in China”
February 5, 2013 USCPFA-MN Board Member Edward L. Farmer, Professor of History Emeritus, University of Minnesota, on “Reaching Out: China’s Growing Global Role.”
November 18, 2012 USCPFA-MN Board Member Professor Yue-him Tam, Professor of History, Macalester College, on “Sino-Japanese Territorial Dispute and the American Connection.”
USCPFA-MN Board Member Margaret Wong played key role in organizing the January 20 Chinese Heritage Foundation Chinese New Year Bazaar
USCPFA-MN Hosts Banquet for MIA Terracotta Warrior Scholars
In November 2012, USCPFA-MN hosted 12 International Scholars for a banquet following a 2-day symposium at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, in connection with its Terracotta Warriors Exhibition.
Chicago Chinese Consulate in MN
The Chicago Consulate attending the MIA Opening Director’s Circle Party Friday night October 26, 2012.
From left: Ralph Gao Jingyi, Vice Consul; Shuying Wang, Deputy Consul General; Jamie Van Nostrand, MIA, Manager of Donor Relations; Jingyi Gao, Vice Consul; Liu Yang, Curator of the MIA Asian collection (Photographer – Mary Warpeha)
USCPFA-MN Founder Pat Puffer is Honored by CHF
In October 2012, Pat Puffer was honored by the Chinese Heritage Foundation for her many years of work with the Chinese community. Pat and Ken (deceased) Puffer were founding members of USCPFA-MN. Click here to read USCPFA-MN Board Member Margaret Wong’s words of thanks. Here she is pictured with USCPFA-MN members at the event. From Left: James Puffer, Weiming & Caroline Lu, Joan Brzenski, Joyce Hsiao, Ming Tchou, Pat Puffer (seated) Magaret Wong, Walter Graff, Mary Warpeha, Linda Mealey-Lohmann.
Harbin TV Crew Creates Documentary of Minneapolis-Harbin Sister Relationship
Weiming Lu and Linda Mealey-Lohmann being interviewed about the Minneapolis-Harbin China Garden project (left). TV crew filming at Yinghua Academy Chinese Immersion School (right).
In September 2012, USCPFA-MN and Meet Minneapolis welcomed a Harbin TV Crew Delegation who were in town to film Minneapolis, as part of their documentary on all of Harbin’s Sister-Cities.
In July 2012, newly appointed Harbin mayor, Song Xibin, visited Minneapolis as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the sister relationship. Photo (from the right) Mpls City Council Chair Barbara Johnson, Mayor R T Rybak, Mayor Song Xibin
USCPFA-MN hosts gathering for Harbin Mayor Song at Warpeha home
Minneapolis Sister City Celebration Recognizes 20-year Minneapolis-Harbin Anniversary
In July 2012, USCPFA-MN participated in the Minneapolis Sister City Celebration at Nicollet Island Pavilion as part of the Minneapolis Aquatennial festivities. Mayor R.T. Rybak opened the official program with a recognition of the 20-year anniversary of the Minneapolis-Harbin relationship. Harbin music performances by Yuemei Zhang, Ningsheng Huang, Yajin Wang, Sasha Szutu, Maggie Zhang, and Riwen Liu. Photo shows USCPFA-MN members and the Harbin entertainers in local dress. Mary Warpeha photographer
USCPFA-MN Members participate in Passage to China
In April 2012, USCPFA-MN participated in the annual Passage to China at the Mall of America. The USCPFA-MN booth highlighted the 3 key sister relationships, the 2 China Garden projects, and also taught attendees how to write Chinese characters in rice with their fingers.
Changsha Sculptor Lei Yixin in St. Paul
In April 2012, Master Lei Yixin from Changsha gave a lecture about creating the Stone of Hope Memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, D.C., with introduction by USCPFA-MN member Weiming Lu (photo by Linda Mealey-Lohmann)
Past Significant Events
and Accomplishments where USCPFA-MN played major role by Barbara Harrison
- Hosting of 1985 USCPFA National Convention; attended by Harrison Salisbury, David Lampton, Governor from Shaanxi, Ambassador Han Xu, Madam Li Xiaolin, others
- Hosting of USCPFA-Midwest Region Conferences (2008 Moon Festival)
- Harbin Ice Sculptors to the St. Paul Winter Carnival
- Large group of Changsha Children to St. Paul
- Kite Festival. Sourced and hosted kite team from Yangjiang City, China
- Local host for Chinese Team to the Special Olympics in Minnesota
- Hosting of new Ambassadors from China to the U.S. to introduce them to Minnesotans
- Sponsor and co-sponsor of business seminars
- Significant orientation work with incoming U of MN students and scholars from 1979 on
- Presentations on China to public school classes (Garnett Kirchner, Fred Ptashne, Effie McKerson, Barbara Harrison, Charles Petersen, others)
- Hosting of Chinese visitors for dinners in homes (Margaret Wong, Barbara Harrison, Jolie Klapmeier, Charles Petersen, Mary Warpeha, Ken and Pat Puffer, others) and restaurants
- Co-sponsorship of USCPFA Washington Seminars from about 1993 to 2005
- Production of chapter newsletters
- Hosting of Chinese Embassy and Chicago Consulate staff for special China-related local events