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Chinese Cultural Festival coming to the Newton Cultural Center

Posted by Laura Gomez  February 28, 2013 01:34 PM

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Newton’s first citywide Chinese Cultural Festival will be held at the Newton Cultural Center at 225 Nevada Street on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to a press release.

The richness of Chinese traditions and philosophies will be showcased through of exhibits, live performances, costumes, panel discussions, and cultural presentations for everyone to enjoy.

From 9:30 a.m. to noon, children will delight in a great selection of games and craft activities including Paper Lantern making, Chopstick Challenge, Paper Folding Arts, Chinese character jigsaw puzzles, JianZi (Chinese Shuttlecock), Multimedia Classic Chinese Readings, XiangQi (Chinese chess) and many more surprises.

Adults and teenagers can participate in two morning panel discussions that will explore compelling themes in contemporary Chinese American life.

The first panel, moderated by attorney Lei Zhao Reilley, begins at 9:30 a.m. and will include:

  • "Nature's Way of Healing: Demystifying the Chinese Herbal Medicine" by Dr. Weidong Lu;

  • "Acupuncture: Moving Qi with Needles" by Ms. Abby Kessler;

  • "The Ancient Wisdom of Feng Shui: Balance the Energy Around You and Bring Fortune to Everyday Life" by Mr. Lidong Yu;

  • "Tai Chi: More Than Exercise -- It Is An Attitude, and A Tango With the Universe" by Mr. Tai-Chun Pan as well as "Healing Ancient Music of Guqin: Cultivate the Harmony in Mind, Body, and Spirit."

Being American, the Chinese Way at 11:10 a.m., moderated by psychiatrist Dr. Alan Moy Sooho, brings panelists Dr. William Wei, Dr. Anping Shen, Ald. Greer Tan Swiston, and licensed social worker Katie Jae Naftzger together to discuss recognizing and appreciating Chinese values in America, raising a confident and happy child, growing up as an “ABC” (America Born Chinese), and issues within the adoption community. Pre-registration online at is requested for each panel as seating is limited.

Stage performance will begin at 1 p.m. with dances, choruses, music, martial arts, and many other forms of lively entertainment. In making her selection of the afternoon performing groups, Lina Fu aims to demonstrate the great diversity of musical and dance styles and traditions in what is usually uniformly known as “Chinese”. Performing will be Angel Performance Arts, Jade Lin’s American Chinese Art Society, the Boston Eastern Heritage Choir, and Anlin Wang, gold medalist of World Traditional Wushu (Chinese Wen-sheng boxing) Competition.

Also appearing are the Newton Chinese Language School, the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association, the Boston Dong Fang Dance Troupe, the Cambridge Center for Chinese Culture, Kevin Chen Martial Arts, the Harvard CSSA Mulan Arts Troupe, the Cambridge Center for Chinese Culture, the Boston Dong Fang Dance Troupe, the XYY Happiness Band, and the Boston Drum Dancing Group.

"Cultural diversity and curiosity is one of the defining characteristics of Newton and what makes the city such a wonderful place to live", said Newton resident Lei Reilley. Lei explains her involvement in organizing the festival, "Inspired by the other cultural festivals at Newton Cultural Center last year, we are delighted and proud to introduce the multiple aspects of Chinese culture in such an integrated forum to all local communities."

Admission is FREE but please bring a donation for the Newton Food Pantries.

A complete program is available at

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