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If you are anywhere near AJ Panda’s hometown of St. Louis, MO, you are going to want to make plans to attend the Lantern Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden!

The annual Lantern Festival is one of China’s most ancient and cherished traditions. “Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night” will be an international exhibition of immense, lighted works of art from China. This festival will include extravagant outdoor sets that celebrate Chinese culture through bold colors, impressive light and fascinating designs. This is an opportunity to witness an extravaganza rarely available outside of Asia.

“Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night” will run at the Missouri Botanical Garden from May 26 through August 19th. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/.

Lantern Festival - MO Botanical Garden

Lantern Festival – MO Botanical Garden

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We are so lucky in AJ Panda’s hometown of St. Louis to have so many fun events that celebrate Chinese culture. From the Chinese Culture Days at the Missouri Botanical Garden to multiple Chinese New Year celebrations, we can always find somewhere to celebrate, share and learn more about Chinese culture.

This past weekend, the annual International Institute’s Festival of Nations was held in Tower Grove Park. This event showcases dance, music, crafts and food from cultures from all over the globe. Festival headliner was COBU, an all-female dance troupe that fuses Japanese traditional Taiko drumming with tap dance that traveled all the way from New York to perform. Students from St. Louis Modern Chinese School performed Mayila,a Kazakah dance.

Festival attendees were able to sample cuisine from 40 nationalities. My personal favorite from the day was Turkish borek, a pillowy pastry stuffed with spinach and feta.

If you weren’t lucky enough to attend this year’s event, you might want to mark your calendars now for next year’s! For more information, visit their website at www.festivalofnationsstl.org.


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I couldn’t let another week go by without a call out to the Golden Dragon Acrobats from China. I went to their performance last weekend at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis. They were amazing!

Their performance ranged from incredible displays of strength, flexibility, grace, and power. All of it is performed with cultural backdrop of Chinese tradition. My five-year old daughters were mesmerized, as was I. It’s a show I would definitely recommend.


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I was recently in Chicago and happened upon the Contemporary Sculptures from China display in Millennium Park. The sculptures were created by four Chinese artists from different religious and educational backgrounds, but each artwork had common threads such as being inspired by traditional Chinese art, commercial culture, folk art, and industrial machinery.
Windy City Dinosaur
Windy City Dinosaur was created by Sui Jianguo, professor and head of the Department of Sculpture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. The dinosaur is stamped with “Made in China” on its chest and represents the booming Chinese export economy.

Jia Shan Shi
Jia Shan Shi No. 46 by Zhan Wang symbolizes the adaptation of Chinese cultural tradition to today’s conditions and new aesthetics. Wang is a graduate of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and is famous for his stainless steel sculptures.

Valiant Struggle
Chen Wenling created Valiant Struggle No. 11 and blends irony, satire, comedy, and fantasy into his work. He often combines human and animal figures in three-dimensional clusters.

The last sculpture by Shen Shaomin is named Kowtow Pump and was inspired by his growing up near one of China’s major oil fields.

If you’re headed to Chicago any time soon, definitely swing by and check them out.

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