Saturday, January 28, 2012

Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan Chinese New Year’s Celebration Saturday, January 28, 2012, 3-9pm - Community News

The Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan’s Chinese New Year’s Celebration will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2012, 3-9pm, at Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor.

There will be Children’s Performances by students (3:00-5:30 pm) including a colorful lion dance; traditional Chinese instruments; dangerous kung fu (martial arts); graceful Chinese fan dancers; spectacular Chinese Yo-Yo stunts; and Chinese New Year’s stories, songs, rhymes, skits, videos. A Chinese New Year’s dinner will be served 6:00-9:00 pm. There will also be children’s games, crafts, tea, and fruit (7:00-9:00 pm). Raffle. Special guest performance by the Ann Arbor Traditional Chinese Music Ensemble.

Tickets for performances and dinner will be available in advance and at the door: $12 Adult, $10 Children ages 4-14, children under 4 free ($10 adult, $8 child, in advance at principal@aaccom.org). Additional tokens (25 for $5) may be purchased and exchanged for games and snacks.

For more information check out www.aaccom.org or contact principal@aaccom.org

Chinese New Year’s Day will be on January 23 of this year. It signifies the beginning of spring and is celebrated by ethnic Chinese in many countries around the world. It is also celebrated by ethnic Taiwanese, Koreans (Sol), Vietnamese (Tet), Tibetans (Losar), and others; and it has become woven into the fabric of American culture. Every year is represented by one of 12 animal zodiac signs, and this will be the Year of the Dragon.

The Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide an opportunity for any interested persons to learn about Chinese culture and language regardless of one’s race or cultural background, and to promote cultural diversity. Chinese classes are held once a week on Friday nights and are open to the public. For more information check out www.aaccom.org.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

American Citizens for Justice/Asian American Center for Justice (ACJ/AACJ) has new website


American Citizens for Justice, also known as Asian American Center for Justice, is a nonprofit 501c3 organization serving the Asian Pacific American communities of Michigan and fighting for the civil rights of all Americans. It was founded in 1983 after the baseball beating murder of Vincent Chin.

American Citizens for Justice/Asian American Center for Justice (ACJ/AACJ) has a new website at AmericanCitizensforJustice.com.

The American Citizens for Justice Blog formerly at americancitizensforjustice.blogspot.com has been moved to asianamericancenterforjustice.blogspot.com and will no longer be maintained.

American Citizens for Justice is sponsoring a Remembering Vincent Chin Conference: The Legacy and Future, A 30th Year Remembrance on June 23, 2012, at the Chinese Community Center, Madison Heights, MI. Frank Wu will be the keynote speaker.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Chicago is the World » We gain so much wading in the water of each other’s cultural experiences–Adventures in Multicultural Living

Two years ago, my father’s choir at the University of Hawaii was invited to sing at a big international diversity concert at Lincoln Center in New York for MLK Day. Choirs from around the world had been invited to sing together, and a Hawaiian choir adds instant diversity with its multicultural population of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Portuguese, Caucasians and native Hawaiians. That summer, over a breakfast of Chinese pancakes and Portuguese sausage, my father told us about the difficulties he had had the night before at choir practice pronouncing the words in the spirituals that they were learning, “You have to say the words like a Negro,” he said.

Twelve-year-old Hao Hao gently corrected him: “African American. These days you should say African American.” (I bet Senator Reid wishes his grandchildren had told him this, too.)

click on link for more: Chicago is the World » We gain so much wading in the water of each other’s cultural experiences–Adventures in Multicultural Living

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rec and Ed class: Chinese New Year Celebration: Dumplings!

A hands-on Rec and Ed class to learn about the foods of Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Celebration: Dumplings!
Thursday, January 26, 6-8pm
Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Learn about the foods and traditions of Chinese New Year. Why can't you finish the fish? What does serving a whole chicken represent? Why do soy bean sprouts make your wishes come true? Have fun making chinese dumplings -- meat or vegetarian, boiled or fried -- and find out what they tell you about the coming Year of the Dragon. Scholarship recipients pay $20. Instructor: Frances Kai-Hwa Wang. 1 class. $39

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Race Card - Michele Norris - UM MLK Day

University of Michigan's MLK Day Symposium speaker Michele Norris talks about her book, "The Grace of Silence: A Memoir," and plays the race card! Now we can all play the race card!

Click here to check it out: Race Card - Michele Norris

UPDATE: Little Brother came home from University of Michigan's MLK Children and Youth Day http://bit.ly/AAwOK0 singing Wade in the Water. Love Rev Robert B Jones! bit.ly/7cBBGE

Saturday, January 14, 2012

David Henry Hwang talks Chinglish at University of Michigan


Very excited to see dreamy David Henry Hwang, Literary Genius, once again at the University of Michigan Friday night. Officially, he was here to talk about his Broadway play, Chinglish. But we had fun making paper airplanes together with Little Brother. Apparently the last time he was here (when I followed him all around campus, utterly starstruck), Glee's Darren Criss was a student in the playwriting class he visited. I was there, too. What a difference five years makes. Here's the link to his talk: http://www.confucius.umich.edu/images/hwang.jpg.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Oh! Oshogatsu! Missing Japanese New Year’s Day–Adventures in Multicultural Living | Articles | Discover Nikkei

Thanks to Discovernikkei.org for reprinting this Oshogatsu article!

The doorbell rings. The dog barks. I turn on the porch light, open the front door, and…

No one is there. Then I look down. A package!

Ooh, I was not expecting any more Christmas presents. I bend down to pick it up, and I hear the unmistakable sound of …

Rice.

A box of rice. A very big box of rice. Who would ship me a very big box of rice?

click on link for more: Oh! Oshogatsu! Missing Japanese New Year’s Day–Adventures in Multicultural Living | Articles | Discover Nikkei

Monday, January 9, 2012

Asian Pacific American History and the Law at UM

Team-Teaching Asian Pacific American History and the Law tomorrow with Roland Hwang and Ron Aramaki. American Cultures 301 Section 11. Send your University of Michigan students! Overrides no problem.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Teaching My Asian Daughters to be Strong and Confident | BlogHer

So exciting to be featured on BlogHer.com!

A few years ago, I took a seminar called, “Raising Strong and Confident Daughters.” My husband laughed at me. “Could our daughters be any stronger or more confident?”

The class was an eye-opener for me, not just in how to raise my girls, but also in understanding my own Chinese-American childhood. I had no memory of dealing with a lot of the issues the instructor talked about as being so important to pre-adolescent girls, such as friendship and physical appearance.

click on link for more: Teaching My Asian Daughters to be Strong and Confident | BlogHer
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