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Chinese New Year Spring Festival Program 2001

Chinese New Year Walks
Bruce Lee Retrospective Exhibit
In Search of Roots Exhibit
Spring Festival
Artisan List
Performance List

Chinese New Year Walks
Saturday, January 20, 27; February 3 by reservation only

     While the Chinese Culture Center offers regular docent- led tours of Chinatown, there is no better time to visit than around the Lunar New Year, when the festive atmosphere reflects the mood surrounding the most important holiday in Asia. As the new millenium dawns, we also enter into the Year of the Snake, and everyone will be celebrating until the Lantern Festival (the 15th day of the first lunar month). Providing a revelational and intimate view of how the Chinese celebrate the new year, the walk will lead you through the bustling streets of Chinatown, while our docent details the myriad of customs, religious observances, and folk beliefes associated with Chinese New Year. Shops show off special window displays and decorations, and many stores put up Spring Couplets, which are short poems written on red paper, auguring good business for the coming year. All your senses will be tintillated by the celebrations: your eyes, nose, and mouth will be tempted by delicacies prepared especially for the occasion; and your ears will be bombarded by firecrackers exploding to drive away evil spirits. To take a walk, you must reserve ahead of time by calling (415) 986-1822. Fees are $20 per adult and $8 for children under 12.

Bruce Lee: A Retrospective
Through Feburary 18, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

      A look at the many facets of the greatest martial artist of our time, the Bruce Lee Retrospective Exhibit has already attracted tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world. See memorabilia, personal effects, training equipment, and other items on dispaly at this very special, exclusive exhibit. Free admission.

In Search of Roots - An Exhibition in Family Genealogy
Through March 29, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

      In Search of Roots is an annual genealogy research program in which the participants (young Chinese Americans, ages 16 to 25) research their individual family histories back to at least the first generation who left China through oral interviews, examination of family records, and archival and document research. For two weeks in July, the participants visited their ancestral villages in Guangdong Province, China. The exhibition features family genealogy trees, immigration records, documents and old photographs compiled by the interns of the program. Free admission.

Spring Festival
February 3 & 4. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Festival promises to be great fun for the entire family, with performances of martial arts, traditional music, magic, acrobats, and more. Kids can take part in traditional crafts under the supervision of skilled artisans. This year’s special feature will be young chef Jian Qin from Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. Chef Qin learns Sichuan traditional “little eats” from his grandmother and will demonstrate "tantan noodle" and "red oil dumplings" to challenge the taste buds of Bay Area food aficionados. In addition, Ms. Mei Wong will delight the audience with her fragrant green onion pancakes and vegetarian pot stickers.

The Chinese Spring Festival is sponsored by the Chinese Culture Foundation in conjunction with the Chinatown Community Arts Program of the San Francisco Art Commission and Albertson's. The Festival is partially funded by the Grants for the Arts of the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

Arts and Crafts
Maizie UngZodiac animals workshop
Zhang Hai Yuebamboo weaving
Li Lin Hongclay whistles
John Wongpaper folding
You Shan Tangcalligraphy and painting
Y.S. Sunfortune telling
Jian QinSichuan Little Eats
Mei Wongonion pancakes and pot stickers (Sunday only)

Saturday, February 3, 2001
San Francisco Wushu TeamLion Dance
SF Wushu TeamMartial Arts Demonstration
Shuang and Xiao Mu HouDance
East Bay Children's ChoirVocal
Henry ChangYo Yo
Valerie SamsonErhu performance
Islena KanDance
SF Gu Zheng Music SocietyInstrumental
Red Panda AcrobatsAcrobatic performance
Kearny Street WorkshopPoetry Reading

Sunday, February 4, 2001
Tat Mao Wong Kung Fu AcademyDrumming
Tamaka & the EmpressMagic
Shuang and Xiao Mu HouDance
East Bay Children's ChoirVocal
Henry ChangYo Yo
Melody of ChinaInstrumental
Red Panda AcrobatsAcrobatic performance
Charlie ChinVocal
SF Gu Zheng Music Societyinstrumental
Chinese Folk Dance AssociationDance
Kearny Street WorkshopPoetry Reading
Islena KanDance
Valerie SamsonErhu performance

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Updated: January 19, 2001

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