BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Chinese Heritage Foundation, an organization devoted to promoting and preserving Chinese history and culture in Minnesota, will present its seventh “A Passage to China, an interactive journey,” on April 5 and 6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Rotunda and Sears Court at Mall of America.
This family-oriented festival will provide “armchair” travelers with many opportunities to experience diverse aspects of Chinese culture, history and geography. The Rotunda at Mall of America is festively transformed for A Passage to China, held in conjunction with Twin Cities-based Chinese-American newspaper, China Insight.
This festival will feature more than 45 local organizations, Chinese as well as non-Chinese that have a strong interest in China.
Visitors can participate in a variety of activities such as Chinese checkers, go and chess, tangrams, name translations, learning to speak Chinese, paper cutting and face painting of Chinese opera masks and other Chinese arts and crafts. Authentic Chinese music and dance performances, as well as martial arts will be performed at the Sears Court stage throughout the free two-day festival.
Passage will be expanding to the Southeast Court this year where it will have a display of ethnic Chinese clothing and feature the China 100 exhibit showing the 100 year association of the University of Minnesota with China.
Children participating in Passage will be issued special “passports” in which they can collect stamps at each individual interactive station. Collecting a sufficient number of stamps will qualify them for a prize.
The Chinese Heritage Foundation is a collection of charitable funds at 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.
China Insight is a monthly newspaper printed in English to foster U.S. and China cultural and business understanding. Visit www.chinainsight.info for more information.