Chinatown News & Upcoming Events
Take A Symbolic Journey Down The Silk Road!
October 16 - 20, 2012
From October 16-20, 2012, Two Bridges will host The 4th Annual Marco Polo Festival, celebrating the Chinatown & Little Italy Historic District, and the special relationship between the Chinese and Italian American communities of Manhattan's Chinatown & Little Italy.
This year's festivities commence with the inaugural Marco Polo Festival History Colloquium, co-sponsored with the Museum of Chinese in America. The elegant Silk Road Ambassador Awards Gala Dinner, and ever-popular Marco Polo Pageant & Cultural Performances round out the festival celebrations. Click HERE for full festival schedule and details!
CHEN DANCE CENTER PRESENTS
H.T. Chen & Dancers in Teahouse Performances
Digging for Gold
October 17, 18 & 19
Chen Dance Center, 70 MULBERRY ST., 2ND Floor, NY, NY
Digging for Gold explores the rich culture of early Chinese workers bonding over Mahjong, storytelling and preservation of their Civil Rights. Dedicated men and women lured to America by the promise of gold and committed to making a better life for their families. Audiences will be delighted to witness this beautifully historic tale unfold through traditional and contemporary dance and music.
The program includes signature works by Artistic Director H.T. Chen, and will be performed by Eve Chan, Stephanie Chun, Harumi Elders, Marlon Feliz, Renouard Gee, Michael Cameron-Gonzalez, Allyson Lai and Ari Someya.
All performances will be held at Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor, NY, NY. Opening night is Wednesday, October 17, which will include pre-show activities, and light fare will be served. Wednesday ticket prices are $25, adults, $20, students and seniors (including food). Tickets for Thursday and Friday performances, October 18 & 19 are $15 general admission, $12 seniors and $10, students. The program begins at 7 p.m. with pre-show refreshments and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Seating is limited; reservations are required. Tickets are available by calling 212-349-0438. Tickets will be sold at-the-door on a space-available basis.
Where 'Chicken' Actually Tastes Like Chicken
By Rebecca Flint Marx / NYTIMES.com
It was the vegan "beef chunks" that lured Chana Widawski to May Wah Vegetarian Market in Chinatown on a recent evening. "I'm an outdoors person and a big camper," she explained. The chewy dried brown nuggets had been a hit with friends on a recent canoe trip - "Everyone loved them," she said - and she was back for more.
Ms. Widawski, a social worker who lives in Hell's Kitchen, is neither vegan nor vegetarian. But that hasn't diminished her enthusiasm for May Wah's offerings. When she stumbled on the place during a May Day rally two years ago, she recalled, "I thought: 'Yes! That sounds awesome!' "
Going meatless presents little hardship in New York City. There are vegan and vegetarian restaurants of every description, to say nothing of cafes, ice cream parlors, doughnut shops, even food trucks. But May Wah fills a more unusual niche: selling meat substitutes. Near Chinatown's border with Little Italy, its bright-green awning at the westernmost tip of Hester Street serves as a beacon to the flesh-averse and those who feed them.
With its lime-green walls, nonexistent décor and freezer section full of processed foods, May Wah looks less like a butcher shop than a 7-Eleven. But behind the freezer doors lurk soy doppelgängers of myriad cuts of the creatures of land and sea: black pepper steak, sugar cane chicken legs, citrus spare ribs, barbecue beef riblets, red spotted shrimp, imitation mutton, grilled eel and thick tubes of vegan ham. The frozen, sunny-side-up eggs are eerily perfect discs of soy and whey protein adorned with ersatz yolks the color of Doritos.
Flavor and texture can be less exacting matches. The "chicken" tastes like chicken, but some of the more exotic offerings are downright alien. Barbecue sauce gizzard is spongy and almost flavorless, while the (quite tasty) vegan shrimp resemble nothing so much as seasoned packing peanuts.
Continue reading at the SOURCE.
Bao Phi Book Release Party
Photo by Anna Min / Story below by OurChinatown.org
Bao Phi, a spoken word artist, will be doing a reading of his first book Sông I Sing at the Museum of Chinese in America on Saturday, October 20 from 7pm-10pm. Emceeing the night will be the Magnetic North duo, Derek Kan and Theresa Vu, and Taiyo Na.
Two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and National Poetry Slam finalist Bao Phi wears many hats; he has performed throughout the country, appeared on Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, and is also a community organizer and a program director at the Loft Literary Center. His first book, Sông I Sing, was published by Coffee House Press in 2011. Sông I Sing is a powerful collection of poems covering topics such as war, racial profiling, and the racial dynamics within pop culture.
Check out a recent interview by "OurChinatown" with him here. More information at MOCA.
eRxCity Pharmacy Launches Free Vitamin Club for Children in Chinatown
eRxCity Pharmacy is offering a Free Vitamin Club for children to build health awareness among families in the community. This new initiative aims to promote healthier lifestyles by making vitamins easily accessible to every child. The program is offered to children from 3-12 years of age. After registration, members of the club are eligible to receive one free bottle of chewable multivitamins per month.
"It is important to ensure that children receive all the essential
vitamins and minerals they need for healthy growth and development," said Priscilla Cheung, President of eRxCity. "Our Free Vitamin Club encourages families to teach their children to focus on good health at an early age." With many parents facing hectic schedules, we understand that well-balanced, home-cooked meals aren't always possible. That's why pediatricians may
recommend a daily multivitamin to ensure that your child gets all the nutrients he/she needs for healthy growth and development. "Our children's health is always a priority. Through this program, we aim to promote greater awareness for health and wellness among families in the community," added Yvonne Tsang, Vice President of eRxCity.
Parents may bring their children to sign up at eRxCity Pharmacy, located on the 2nd floor of 185 Canal Street New York, NY 10013 (212.625.8339). Please visit eRxCity Pharmacy (www.eRxCity.com) for additional information.
Tea, Culture, and Community
As I walked through Mr. Zhong Ming Liu's store on Grand Street, I quickly realized it was much more than a tea shop. Paintings and chinese calligraphy adorned the walls, while porcelain figurines and colorful books lined wooden shelves. Amidst all this art, packets and boxes of tea were neatly organized and displayed through shiny glass cases.
I took my seat in the back of the shop and prepared my laptop to take notes. I wasn't sure what to expect and was a bit nervous about how Mr. Liu would respond to my thoughts and ideas. However, I was warmly reassured by his smile and surprisingly complaisant question, "Have you had breakfast?"
I smiled back with a nod as I lifted my cup of coffee and said, "Breakfast".
Mr. Liu proceeded to bring out a wooden tray with chinese characters carved into it. He laid out three dark blue cups on top of it and poured hot water into each of them. Then he poured the water from the right cup into the middle cup, and did the same with the left cup. Afterwards he dipped the rims of each cup into the hot water and twirled it around. When the rims of all three cups had been cleansed, he poured the water into the chinese carvings of the tray. Then he served the tea.
Read full article HERE.
Chinatown BID's "Cleaning Ambassadors" Beautifying Chinatown - October 2012
(Before & After)
To see more pictures of all the cleaning and beautification happening in Chinatown, please visit our web album HERE.
American Chinese Calligrapher Association Comes to 332 Grand Street
Recently an exciting event happened in Chinatown, it was the opening of New York Calligraphy at 332 Grand Street. Locals can take classes on traditional Chinese calligraphy as well as attend exhibitions and seminars and other activities. This presents a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and learn more about traditional Chinese culture.
See story SOURCE.
Chinatown Walking Tour
A Walk through History - By MoCA
Sat, Oct 20 from 1pm - 2:30pm
Sat, Nov 3 from 1pm - 2:30pm
Sat, Nov 10 from 1pm - 2:30pm
MOCA's historical walking tours will give you an inside look at what life was and is currently like in Chinatown. Educators will stop at different sites, landmarks, and historic sheets and use historical photographs and illustrations to depict how the neighborhood has evolved, as well as remained unchanged over the years.
Uncover the history of one of New York City's oldest neighborhoods! This walking tour focuses on how everyday buildings and places of historical significance reflect and shape a community from its origins as a Native American village of Werpoes Hill in 1600 to one of the fastest growing immigrant communities of present day New York City. Highlighted sites include the oldest row house in Manhattan, a Catholic church, the oldest general store in Chinatown and a Chinese eatery that catered to the needs of Chinatown's turn-of-the-century "bachelor society."
Fee (does not include gallery admission):
$15/adult; $12/student & senior; $8/MOCA member; Free for children under 5
For more information, and to reserve tickets, please click HERE