“A Passage to China” returns to Mall of America April 5 & 6
By Greg Hugh
While we have endured an unusually severe winter dominated by a polar vortex that created havoc across the country causing cancelation of schools and travel, we can take solace that spring is just around the corner. The arrival of spring marks the return of the seventh annual “A Passage to China” that will be held at Mall of America on April 5 and 6.
This free-admission event is devoted exclusively to Chinese culture, history and entertainment with more than 50 participating organizations that will provide fun, informative interactive activities for young and old. “Passage” is a great way to explore China without any travel hassle. Everything has been planned and organized … all you have to do is show up. The two-day event will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Bloomington Mall of America Rotunda and Sears Court. Additional displays and exhibits also have been added to the Southeast Court, formerly known as Bloomingdale Court
Each participating organization will engage visitors in activities such as Chinese chess, tangrams, name translations, speaking Chinese, painting and calligraphy lessons, paper cutting and paper folding, making terra cotta replicas and various other Chinese arts and crafts. There also will be cooking demonstrations and dumpling-making lessons.
Authentic Chinese music and dance performances, as well as Chinese martial arts, also will be featured at the Sears Court stage throughout the two-day event. Many of the performers are children of all ages, even college students!
New this year will be a display of ethnic fashions along with the China 100 exhibit showcasing the 100-year history of the University of Minnesota and China in the Southeast Court.
For the “passage” event, the Mall of America Rotunda and Sears Court undergo a festive transformation. These areas are colorfully decorated with red lanterns suspended from above, accented with many floral touches. Several life-size terra cotta warriors also will be on display for that Kodak moment.
Children attendees will be issued special ‘passports’ in which they can collect stamps by participating at interactive stations. Those who collect the sufficient number of stamps will qualify for a prize.
“A Passage to China” is organized by The Chinese Heritage Foundation Friends and China Insight. Minnesota’s Chinese Heritage Foundation is the premier organization devoted to promoting and preserving Chinese history and culture in Minnesota. The event is completely volunteer-run so that it can be held as a free event for the entire community to enjoy. Additional information can be found at http://www.chineseheritagefoundation.org and http://www.chinainsight.info.
Complete details of the event are on the back page. See you there!