It’s Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month!

If that doesn’t just roll off your tongue…

We decided to celebrate by hosting a dragon dancing workshop in the park! To make this event happen, we partnered with the Drum Rollers who charmed our ears with their musical magic. They also taught the workshop. Despite the sweltering heat, which decided to plague us before summer, over 30 people braved the heat to celebrate and dance with us!

Participants learned some of the basics of how to Dragon Dance and were given the opportunity to participate in a future local event. It was like playing “follow the leader” for all ages! A favorite was “Row the boat” where participants actually made a boat and pretended to row it. Fun was had by all.

Enjoy the slideshow below for some snippets from the day. Community Faces KC also came by and photographed the event, so can see those pictures here.

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Dragon Boat Festival at the Library

This year, we partnered with the Kansas City Public Library — Plaza Branch to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival.

The event kicked off with a dragon dance and then patrons were invited to try their hand at making origami dragon boats. The completed projects were then raced down ‘water’ to see who could rescue Qu Yuan. Winners were awarded with a poster.

Also at the library, was a display featuring a giant origami dragon as well as the story of the festival and some items commonly associated with the event, like zhong zi.

For a history of Qu Yuan and the festival, you can read our piece from last year.

The activity was popular with many children and some adults! Thank you, KCPL-Plaza for allowing us to partner with you and help celebrate Chinese culture!

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WYCO Ethnic Festival

“What are these !?!”

In mid-April, we returned to the WYCO Ethnic Festival, in style.  (As  President, I will take any and all opportunities to Cosplay -for culture of course! ). …..and I was asked this question a lot.  I love hearing the fascinated but weary inflection in a person’s voice as they ask this question.  It makes the hours of research and preparation for our events worth it –  especially when my reply is received with growing smiles and widened eyes of intrigue.

  The purpose of the festival is ‘to foster a climate of inclusiveness, promote relationships and contact between people, and educate each other about our common humanity‘  and this openness was very palpable.  Hosted at the Kansas City Kansas Community College,  there were many college students roaming about asking questions about the cultures represented. Many families were also present with parents encouraging their youth to learn more about each country and explore something new.  

Upon visiting the booth, passerbys were able to learn about the Dragon Boat Festival ( June 18,2018) and common activities families share during this holiday; such as paper ZhongZi and origami paper boats.   Lucky attendees were able to take home their own paper ZhongZi which were handmade on the spot either by themselves or by me (I started mini-workshops because those bobbles were in high demand ^^)  Additionally, we shared some digital “freebies”including our Dragonboat Race -At Home  e-packet and Chinese Name Worksheets.  

It’s a beautiful thing it be in a room with dozens of other cultures represented, celebrating the uniqueness of each one as well as the commonality that we share. The combination of diversity and harmony was evident in the groups with all ages performing, the stages of life present in those visiting, and the smiles all around.  Photos of the event may be found on Community Faces KC here: https://communityfaceskc.shootproof.com/gallery/6461776/home

A huge thank you to the volunteers that helped make this event happen. It was a joy to share some of the richness of Chinese culture to the citizens of Wyandotte County.

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Yuan Xiao — Lantern Festival

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a period of celebration and anticipation of the new year. Unlike American holidays, which last just one day, it is a period of around 23 days. The Lantern Festival – aka Yuanxiao – is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month of the lunar calendar and marks the end of the Spring Festival. It is traditionally a more lively celebration, complete with foods and rituals that wish good fortune into the new year. For more information on this celebration, feel free to read the reference article.On Friday, March 2nd, CCGKC enjoyed our second Chinese New Year event. Fun was had by many as they kicked off the evening by putting their brains to the test, attempting to solve riddles in both Chinese and English. There were 13 in English and 13 in Chinese. More traditional new year snacks were available (see previous article) and some adventurous folks rolled up dumpling balls for the soup. One traditional treat, called tangyuan, involves a glutinous outer dumpling shell filled with a sweet black sesame filling. We discovered how tricky these are to make, as the dumpling texture can’t be too dry and the filling can’t be too warm.

Dinner was a delightful sight for deserted stomachs. There was a spread of Asian salad, Taro dumplings, Hakka style savory dumpling soup, pork mushroom rice, fried rice cakes, and fried Azuki rice cakes, prepared by Mrs. You and family. The food was delicious and enjoyed by all.

Post-dinner activities required precision and fine motor skills. Attendees had the opportunity to put their chopstick skills to the test by putting as many peanut halves into a cup in one minute. The most achieved was 36! They also had the chance to do a beanbag toss. Prize backpacks with talismans  were awarded to winners.

The evening concluded with a raffle, which has emerged the possibility of scandal* at Chinese Club events. It appears that one of our board members has rigged the raffles with magic, as she has won a raffle at every event over the past year. Or maybe she just really is that lucky, which will bode well for her in the coming year. Either way, awesome  member shirts were raffled, food was enjoyed, company was appreciated, and the new year is here!

*editor’s note: there is no scandal, said board member is really just that lucky 😉 Become a member today to lessen her chances of winning next time and up yours!

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Welcoming the Year of the Dog

The Chinese Club of Greater Kansas City welcomed in the Year of the Dog with a home-style dumpling dinner and an assortment of fun activities.

When one walked in the door, it was hard to miss an orange hanging from the ceiling by a string. The gold color of oranges signifies riches in the new year, so it is customary to hang an orange for good fortune in the new year. We also enjoyed some oranges with our meal. It is noteworthy that there was a decorative orange on the table with the stem still attached, many thanks to our president Catherine, who managed to find one at the grocery store against all odds.

            The evening started out by learning from the best authorities on how to assemble dumplings. We were shown how to take a dumpling wrapper and place just the right amount of prepared pork and vegetable filling inside, wet the edges with water, and seal it shut in an elegant fashion so as to avoid the dumpling coming unsealed while being steamed.

            We then ate a delicious meal. Traditional dishes were prepared by Hunan Garden, a restaurant located in Gladstone, MO. Some dishes included shrimp, chicken, beef, Chinese mushrooms, and baby bokchoy. There was also a delightful spread of desserts and hot beverages available.

            Everyone had a chance to participate in a few activities. We discussed some popular New Year’s traditions in different households. We played a round of Guess What That Object Is And It’s Yours, where a bamboo stick was passed around and everyone guessed what it was used for. Turns out it was a tea leaf separator! So some lucky winners got to take it home. We also had the opportunity to make our own good fortune signs to hang up at home to welcome in the new year. Some folks got very creative with Sharpies. For the less Chinese-literate folks, there were outlines available to color in. Fun was had by all.

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Taiwanese Breakfast For Dinner–A Spring Fundraiser

After the popularity of the Taiwanese Night Market styled fundraiser in the fall, the Chinese Club of Kansas City hosted another food-focused event.

In 2018,  CCGKC continues to pursue its original goals of increasing Chinese-American cultural understanding by focusing on opportunities to share the wide spectrum of Chinese Cultural Heritage with interested individuals. Just in time to eat alongside those in Taipei, the Taiwanese Breakfast reminded some of old favorites while introducing others to a new cuisine.

Over 100 people attended the event, held in the Grid in Overland Park. The event space included an area for kids to play games and phone booths to reconnect with family and friends overseas. Some of the most popular items were rice balls and ZhongZi. The soy milk (savory and sweet) baffled an delighted everyone.

To learn more about becoming a member of the club or about future events, visit our website (ccgkc.org), Fb page, (Chinese Club of Greater Kansas City) or send us an email at ccgkc.board@gmail.com

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Classical Afternoon with Tea

It was a cloudy, blustery November day–the kind that was perfect for tea and appreciating the arts. Light snacks and tea were aplenty and zither music floated about the room.

A few weeks ago, the Chinese Club hosted a ‘Classical Afternoon with Tea’ celebrating the four scholarly principles: music, Go, calligraphy, and art.

For music, a Zither was on display and free for the plucking.

There was a scroll-replica from the Nelson Atkins Museum with signs translating the poem and providing context for the work of art. With gloves, participants could even touch it!

Maria Sheen led a calligraphy table, offering guests an opportunity to try their hand at the ancient skill, offering instruction and examples.

Daniel Gentry, of the Kansas Go Association, with an assistant provided explanation and instruction on the classic game. As one interested in strategy games, though not very talented in the area, this is where I spent the majority of my time and learned quite a bit of history about the game. If you are interested in learning more about the game or playing it, the Kansas Go Association meets every Sunday and Thursday from 6-9pm at the Black Dog Coffeehouse. All are welcome to attend!

The afternoon was a delightful way to relax and learn, and we look forward to hosting more such events in the future!

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Serving at Ronald McDonald House

As the Chinese Club, we want to a benefit to the community around us. Our goal is for our events to be fun and educational and foster an appreciation for Chinese heritage and culture. Another way we seek to do that is through volunteering in the community around us.

This October, we returned to the Ronald McDonald House to prepare and serve dinner to the guests staying there. We made teriyaki chicken and stir fried vegetables with rice. The assistant house manager there expressed her enthusiasm as the meal plan strayed from the typical menus offered.

While there, multiple families were able to eat their fill and we had the ability to leave the leftovers for families returning to the house later in the evening or for the next day.

If you are interested in volunteering with us next time, let us know!

If you would like to organize a meal for the Ronald McDonald House yourself or learn more about the organization, you can visit their website

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Mid-Autumn Moon Night Market

大堪城中華協會在二零一七年九月三十日成功地把 Kansas City 北部 Grace Fellowship Church (10920 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64155) 轉變成了台灣的傳統夜市,讓两百五十多位中外人士,老朋友,新朋友,在中秋佳節一同享受到精彩的台灣小吃以及夜市遊戲。和猜燈謎 ·大家品嘗了滷肉飯,珍珠奶茶,肉圓,茶葉蛋,麻糬等小吃。現場的小朋友們也嘗試了飛鏢射氣球,踢毽子等具有民族特色的遊戲。此次活動感謝 Grace Fellow Church, 中華民國僑務委員會 (OCAC),駐丹佛台北經濟文化辦事處 (TECO Denver), Century 21 All-Pro, Laser Dream Works, Michael J McInerney CPA, InnoTech, Vorona, Sun Marble, 以及 Chinatown Food Market 協助和經費贊助。也感謝華協董事會,華協會員,以及義工們辛苦籌畫,執行,事後清理。如果您對此活動或其他華協活動感興趣,或是想贊助未來活動,請和會長 游佳琳 Catherine You 聯絡 ccgkc.board@gmail.com
-A
The Night Market Event was a huge success!  There were people playing games to win prizes and of course an amazing performance by the drummers, but from where I was standing there were two big hits and one of those outshined everything else offered.
     One of the two hits were the riddles.  People seemed to thoroughly enjoy the challenge of solving the different word puzzles in both English and Chinese.  There was a lot of laughter and surprise when someone figured out the answer being worked on.  The proud moments shone on peoples’ faces as they got one step closer to earning one of the grand prizes.
     As fun as the riddles were, the real winner of the night was undoubtedly the food.  From the time the kitchen opened until 15 minutes before we shut down, every time I looked up there was a line all the way to the back of the room, almost out the door.  Patrons eagerly anticipated their tea eggs, ban wan, mochi, and milk tea from the time they were in line holding their tickets to place their orders, to the time they were waiting on the other side holding their numbers, after having placed their orders.
     The excited looks displayed when their orders were called and they moved to find a place to sit holding their food on their trays was so satisfying to the staff.  The faire goers just kept coming back for more and more until, alas, we were sold out of most items and barely had enough of others.
     Overall the event was a huge success for the Chinese Club of Greater Kansas City and it was a pleasure for us to be able to host such an event to celebrate Chinese culture.  Lastly, we would like to thank Grace Fellowship for allowing the Club to utilize their facility to hold our Night Market, and of course, thank you all for attending!
-V

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Beating the Heat with Mango Shaved Ice

Is the heat getting to you? Summer heat strikes with a vengeance. Nothing cools you off like the sweet, delightful sensation of mango shaved ice.

For this workshop, the lovely Wen You showed us how to puree mangoes with other ingredients to make a sweet mango sauce. She also demonstrated how to make light and dark syrups that are tasty with shaved ice.

Then came the ice. Catherine demonstrated her bravery around blades and her hard-core machine operating skills to shave giant blocks of ice into small ice parcels. The finished product combined shaved ice, mango sauce, optional other syrups, chopped mangoes, and ice cream to complete a delightful sensory bouquet. We successfully beat the heat and scrumptious treats were enjoyed by all.

The evening was completed with a CCGKC mixer, which expanded the topping options to include prepared sweet potato, barley, beans, gummy bears, sprinkles, candy, and whatever else your heart desired. Attendees also enjoyed Boba milk tea drinks.

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