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By William Zajicek | president, MCFGS | January 2023
The Design and Community Engagement for Phase II of Liu Ming Yuan, titled “Building Bridges,” is drawing to a close. A good deal will happen in the next two months. The Parks & Recreation Design Advisory Committee will complete their work on the design of features for Phase II and they will be presented to the larger Community as well as the Parks Planning Board. Construction drawings will be developed, estimates obtained, and Bid Packages distributed for construction of the Hmong Plaza in the Spring of 2023. State funding for the Hmong Plaza expires in June of 2023, making that feature the priority for construction at this time.
Note: The movie "Revolution Of Our Times" can now be seen online at Vimeo.
By Elaine Dunn | December 2022
A movie banned in China and Hong Kong broke all box office records within 14 days of its release in Taiwan. It became the highest grossing non-Taiwanese Chinese language film on the island. Then-President Tsai Ing-wen even tweeted her endorsement of it. Not only that, many of Taiwan’s high-ranking officials also attended private screenings of the film.
The Hong Kong pro-democracy protests may have subsided, but its story will live on in a 152-minute, riveting documentary titled “Revolution of Our Times.” The title is taken from a popular slogan used during the 2019 protests, “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times.”
Directed by award-winning Kiwi Chow (“Ten Years: Self Immolator”), the documentary just concluded its 20-city tour that began with an appearance at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival as the “surprise documentary.”
The film covers months of major protests where millions of Hong Kongers took to the streets protesting the extradition bill that would erode their right to a transparent legal system established under British colonial laws. (The bill, if passed, would have allow ed the extradition of Hong Kongers to China for “political crimes.”) In addition to capturing significant events such as the assault on the Legislative Council Complex to the siege of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Chow also weaved in interviews with protesters and other Hong Kong residents. It documented what it was like in the “front lines” of the protests, the protesters’ struggle for freedom and democracy that proved to be one of the largest social movements in the region in recent years!
Note: The movie "Revolution Of Our Times" can be watched now online at Vimeo.
By Beatrice Rothweiler & Julie Ha Truong | CAAM CDT | January 2023
The Chinese American Association of Minnesota Chinese Dance Theater (CAAM CDT) will celebrate the 2023 Chinese New Year season, and its 30th Anniversary with an original new, 90-minute program at the O’Shaughnessy the weekend of Feb. 4 and 5. Entitled “Radiance,” this live, in-person event under the artistic direction of Jinyu ZHOU (formerly artistic director of Zhejiang Song and Dance Theater) illuminates the stage with a diversity of Chinese dance styles.
CAAM CDT dancers will perform several original world premiere works choreographed by ZHOU, artistic director; Lili Teng, retired artistic director and Ao LIU, performance director; who are all international award-winning dance artists and choreographers.
LIU, former soloist for world renowned Yang Liping’s dance company, (also known as the “Peacock Queen”), who joined CAAM CDT in 2022, will perform a new dance to honor her mentor (Yang Liping). The community dancers of CAAM CDT will also delight the audience with not-to-be-missed performances that celebrate both the Chinese New Year and CAAM CDT’s 30th anniversary!
The program consists of rich and colorful classical dance effusing elegance and charm, ethnic dances exhibiting sprit and character as well as contemporary dance revealing new directions while fusing traditional elements. CAAM CDT has built a reputation in arts and dance circles with its entertaining, professionally choreographed and marvelously executed programs on stage. CAAM CDT is also recognized for its welcoming and inclusive work in the broader community with its extensive outreach in schools and in the community.
As part of the preparation for this celebration, China Insight asked the Ha family to write about the three generations of their family who have danced and help build community at CAAM CDT over the years.