Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wrapping Up Chinatown 100

On Friday, Jan. 21, nine Chinatown Centenary Community Champions were “white hatted” for their leadership and special contributions to the development of Calgary’s Chinatown and the success of the Chinatown Centenary Celebrations.

“The centenary celebrations have been a success of community and government partnership, “said Jason Luan, The City of Calgary community lead for the Chinatown Centenary Celebrations. “This centenary has built cultural understanding and created lasting legacies that will contribute to Calgary being an inclusive and vibrant community.”

The nine champions recognized are:

Mr. Ralph Klein, former Premier of Alberta
Mr. Al Duerr, former Mayor of Calgary
Mr. Kok Wah Chang, President, Alberta Chinese Community Congress
Mr. Lyn Chow, President, Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association
Mr. Raymond Lee, honourable retired Citizenship Judge
Mr. Jake Louie, Chairman, Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre and Co-Chair of the Chinatown Centenary Celebrations Advisory Committee
Mr. Feng Li, Consul, The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Calgary
Mr. Victor Mah, Honorary Chairman, Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre
Mr. Ricky Man, President, Chinese Freemason of Calgary

Over 115 community partners hosted celebrations for Chinatown 100. The Year of the Tiger offered more than 60 events and programs that were enjoyed by more than 100,000 Calgarians. These opportunities offered Calgarians a chance to learn more about the vibrant Chinese culture, the history of Calgary’s Chinatown, and the significant contributions by the Calgary Chinese community to our city in the past 100 years.

The centenary celebrations that started last February for Chinatown 100 in the Year of the Tiger have now come to an end as the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre prepares a weekend carnival to welcome the Year of the Rabbit in the coming weeks.

For more information about Chinatown 100, please visit calgary.ca/chinatown100. To find out more about the Year of the Rabbit carnival event, please visit the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre at www.culturalcentre.ca.

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