A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.
13th Annual Lantern Festivel: Celebrating the Lunar Year of the Horse 2014
A signature event for CAM and now a beloved community tradition, CAM's annual Lantern Festival celebration offers Chinese New Year fanfare with free entertainment and interactive cultural activities for people of diverse backgrounds and ages to enjoy.
Each year, Lantern Festival spotlights a Chinese American re-creation of a traditional village street fair featuring brilliant lantern displays, exciting musical, acrobatic and lion dance performances, enriching arts and crafts booths, and to cap off the evening,and to cap off the evening, a spirited glow-in-the-dark silver dragon stage performance to delight our senses! Event-goers can try their hand at lantern-making, Chinese-opera style face painting, kite-building, Chinese paper-cutting, Origami, Chinese calligraphy, string-knotting, and much more! New program features are added to the event each year to keep the festival fresh and exciting for new and returning visitors.
A hugely popular holiday in the Chinese culture, Lantern Festival occurs annually on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month to mark the closing of Chinese New Year festivities. As families wish for peace and prosperity for the coming year, colorful lanterns are hung in homes and throughout the streets to celebrate this jubilant occasion. CAM’s Lantern Festival series represents a departure from most other street event celebration because the primary focus is on education rather than just entertainment. The event’s program strives to present the visiting public with a unique and interactive opportunity to learn and appreciate the history, traditions and customs of this Chinese holiday.
In addition to delicious cuisine from some of L.A.'s most popular food trucks, adults can experience the thirst-quenching beer garden, which is being offered during the Festival for the first time.
After dark, the spotlight shines on emerging music and comedy stars, including Internet sensations, the Fung Brothers. Other talented performers scheduled to appear include D.J. Phatrick, Yang, Andrew Chiang, Jane Lui, Connie Lim, Anna Su, Alanna Lin, Jason Chu.
This Year’s Attractions:
Chinese Red Envelope Making Dragon Puppet Making
Greeting Card Making
Dragon Costume Photo Opportunity
God of Fortune Photo Opportunity
Arts & Crafts - Hands-On, Interactive Workshops:
Workshop Inspired by Origins, CAM's Newest Exhibition
Dragon Puppet Making
Chinese Paper Cutting
Pop-Up Greeting Card Making
Chinese Red Envelope Making
Chinese Spring Character
Stage Entertainment Presented Throughout the Day:
2013 Miss Chinatown and Her Court
Shaolin Kung Fu
Traditional & Contemporary Music Artists
...and much more!
Delicious Treats - L.A.'s Favorite Food Trucks:
Kogi BBQ Taco Truck
Tensions evident in the recent European Union-China virtual summit reflect the increasing skepticism in Europe toward China and the worries over Ukraine and economic ties as well as human rights and environmental issues.