Saying Goodbye to Hangzhou!

For the last six months we have had the privilege of hosting the beautiful Children Of Hangzhou exhibit, one of five showcases funded by the Freeman Foundation as a part of their Asian Culture Exhibit Series. Developed by the Boston’s Children’s Museum, Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China is a traveling exhibit that exposes viewers to life and culture through the eyes of four young people in Hangzhou.

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The Freeman Foundation’s mission is for visitors to gain new awareness and understanding of Chinese culture and what it means to be Chinese. Our Museum not only wanted to appreciate the culture that was presented in the exhibit, but also provide a space for folks from all over to learn about Chinese culture through music, writing, dance, and the practice of cultural traditions. We relish in the opportunity to increase cultural awareness and celebrate the diversity of our beautiful community. As we say goodbye to Hangzhou, we look back at all of the amazing events where we brought our community together to celebrate.

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One of the many special events our Museum hosted during the duration of the exhibit’s time here was a music and opera event, complete with performers playing the Tanggu drums, a traditional Chinese drum from the 19th century!

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This “ceremonial hall drum” was the perfect way to ring in the Chinese New Year and an even better opportunity for children to dance their hearts away!

We also explored the art of calligraphy, a writing style that has existed since 200 BC! Kids loved learning about the different styles of calligraphy as well as seeing all the amazing things just one brush could do!

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Intricate paper folding is also a Chinese cultural staple. Known popularly as “origami”, Chinese paper folding dates back to the 6th century, but possibly even before! We were so excited to show our guests the beauty of this special art form!
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And lastly, our Wishing Tree. The practice of the Wishing Tree dates back to hundreds of years ago in Lam Tsuen, where fisherman would throw their wishes into a tree to wish for good fortune, safety, and prosperity on their journey to the new territories of Hong Kong. Hundreds of Museum guests threw their wishes up into our Wishing Tree while our Hangzhou exhibit was here and we hope every single one of them comes true! We are extremely saddened to take down our Wishing Tree as it serves as a beautiful reminder that all of us, from the youngest child to the oldest adult, have dreams to dream.
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Thank you to those who came to celebrate China with our Museum. Hosting this exhibit was such an honor an privilege and truly something unforgettable for both our Museum and our community.
Lastly, thank you to all the organizations and individuals who made this exhibit possible:
Thank you to the Children’s Museum of Boston and the Freeman Foundation for providing us with this amazing and impactful exhibit. Thank you to the U.S. Hangzhou Association and special thanks to Annie Wei, San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership. Thank you to our media sponsors, R&C Media Group and to Amie Chen Re/Max 2000 Realty, Joanne and Tony Su, B&M Interior Decoration, Even Life, and Vegi Wokery. The Children’s Museum at La Habra is so grateful for your commitment to supporting our programs!
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