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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Making a Difference–One Biscuit at a Time

At first, I was nervous yet excited about cooking and serving breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House because I was not sure what to expect. Once everyone got together to start working on the recipes selected, all that went away. Everyone was so happy to be there and helpful. With us working as a team and keeping positive attitudes, we were able to make all of our dishes and get them out on time. When the families began to arrive they seemed genuinely pleased with what we had provided for them. We made biscuits and gravy from scratch, a Denver omelet bake, a vegetarian hash, and had plenty of fruit, diffused water, and juice. The families went down the line taking what they wanted and after thanked us several times talking about how good the food was.
There was one lady in particular who was pregnant and eating with her boyfriend that came up to thank Catherine and me personally. She explained she was having a c-section within the next couple of days and the doctor had told her that the better she ate the more milk she would be able to provide for her baby to help it be healthy and strong. She told us that she was really excited about our breakfast because with all the good food we made, from scratch, she knew she would be able to take really good care of her baby. That was the most rewarding moment for me. The fact that something so simple, something I do every day , cooking, could help provide such hope and positivity in the lives of people who truly needed it. It was a great experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Roles:
• Catherine: Supervised and aided in cooking and clean up
• Kevin: Cut vegetables and cooked the sausage for the gravy
• Nancy: Cut vegetables and cooked the vegetarian hash
• Lily and her husband: Washed and cut the fruit, as well as, aided in clean up
• Vanessa (Me): Made the biscuits, and finished the sausage gravy, helped supervise and aided in clean up.

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Crestview Elementary Cultural Fair

On the evening of Wednesday, April 26th, 2017, students of Crestview Elementary had the opportunity to interact with different cultures and explore the idea, “We Are One, But We Are Many”. To prepare for the fair, students learned some Mexican folk dances, which they performed for the school. Students also had the opportunity to “travel” around their gymnasium with “passports” to have signed by the various countries represented. The CCGKC had a blast teaching students how to make zongzi out of strips of paper in honor of the story of the Dragon Boat Festival. The school children enjoyed the hands-on craft, the brief history lesson, and the passport signature of their name in Chinese writing.

2017 Asian Cultural Festival

An Update from The Mid-America Asian Cultural Association regarding the upcoming Aisan Cultural Festival:

A new update! The mayor of Olathe Mike Copland, Mayor of Overland Park Carl Gerlach, and Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn, will be attending this year’s festival along with Congressman Kevin Yoder, Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, and Chinese Council General Hong Lei from Chicago. The mayors would like to invite the residents of Olathe, Overland Park, and Leawood to join them at Asian Cultural Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017 to promote culture diversity in all the communities.

The Annual Asian Cultural Festival
A Celebration for ALL Ages and the Community

Celebrate 2017 Asian Cultural Festival at the Olathe East High School
on Saturday, April 29th from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

More information is available on the MAACA website:  http://maacaweb.org/MAACA/MartialArtFestival.html

WYCO Ethnic Festival

“What is one important thing to know about China that we probably don’t already know?”

In mid-April, we were given the opportunity to host a booth at the WYCO Ethnic Festival. 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 that is exactly what we experienced.

Our club president, Catherine, set up a beautiful display that immediately caught the eye of many passersby. Upon visiting the booth, they were able to learn about our summer cultural workshops, Chinese knots, and even they were lucky, catch Catherine free-handing calligraphy sketches or Prof. Billy Hu writing in Chinese calligraphy.

The festival was hosted at the Kansas City Kansas Community College and consequently 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–like the question that was asked above.

As someone who has grown up not immersed in Chinese culture, I enjoyed the opportunity to learn more as well, specifically about calligraphy and the symbolism of the red paper cutouts (as seen below).

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.

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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Performance Opportunity!

Calling all young performing artists!

The Kauffman Center is hosting its 4th annual Future Stages Festival. It is a free event in June, focused on ‘celebrating diversity in the arts and creating memorable experiences for young artists in our community’ (read more).

More information about the event and the application can be found here.

This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the talent and rich culture here in Kansas City. Please consider applying for your performance group or marking your calendar for this FREE event in June!

KCCA Chinese New Year Gala Schedule Update

KCCA Chinese New Year Celebration Gala is re-scheduled for Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Olathe South High School, 1640 E 151st Street, Olathe, KS 66062. We will celebrate the Chinese New Year and the Spring Lantern Festival. Below is the detailed schedule:
3:00pm – 6:00pm Cultural Showcase & Entertainment
4:30pm – 6:30pm Dinner
7:00pm – 9:00pm Stage Performance
We apologize for the inconvenience. Our New Year Gala, originally scheduled for January 14, was postponed due to extreme weather conditions and statewide school cancellation. We look forward to seeing everyone on February 19, 2017. Thank you for your interest and continuous support of KCCA. Together we build a better and stronger community.

大堪城慶祝中華民國建國 106 年升旗典禮

2017 Flag Raising Ceremony
January 1st, 2017 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
@ KC Buffet (6457 Quivira Rd, Shawnee, KS)

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