The Chinese Heritage Foundation Minnesota’s premier organization devoted to promoting and preserving Chinese history and culture in Minnesota, will present its fourth annual free outreach event, A Passage to China, an interactive journey, on April 16 and 17, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., in the Best Buy(r) Rotunda and Sears Court at Mall of America. This family-oriented extravaganza will provide ‘armchair’ travelers with many opportunities to venture through diverse aspects of Chinese culture, history and geography.
A Passage to China is being held in collaboration with Twin Cities-based Chinese American newspaper, China Insight. This event will feature more than 45 local Chinese organizations and other Minnesota cultural organizations that have a strong interest in China. Visitors can engage in such activities as Chinese chess, tangrams, name translations, learning to speak Chinese, painting and calligraphy lessons, paper cutting and paper folding, making Chinese musical instruments and various other Chinese arts and crafts. Authentic Chinese music and dance performances, as well as Chinese martial arts, will be performed at the Sears Court stage throughout the two-day event.
Children participating in A Passage to China will be issued special ‘passports’ in which they can collect stamps at each individual interactive station. Collecting a sufficient number of stamps – a completed itinerary – will qualify them for a prize from the Chinese Heritage Foundation.
The Chinese Heritage Foundation is a collection of charitable funds of The Minneapolis Foundation, and is devoted to preserving and promoting the understanding of Chinese history, culture and heritage among all Minnesotans. Visit www.chineseheritagefoundation.org for more information.