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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG - 02/23/2007- Colorful costumes, dancing, and music from the Far East abound as UCM hosts the second annual Chinese Lunar New Year celebration Saturday, March 3, at Kansas City's Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road.
Public Invited to Attend
Festivities are free and open to the public and take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the H&R Block City Stage Theatre, located on Level B. The festivities are being coordinated by UCM's Office of Community Engagement, located in Union Station.
Nancy Chen is Featured Speaker
Beginning at noon, there will be a costumed lion dance and parade, followed by guest remarks by Nancy Chen, regional administrator for the Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor, Region 7. Chen in 1997 became the first Asian American regional administrator in the history of the Women's Bureau. Her duties include directing and promoting the welfare and rights of working women in a six-state region.
Amy Hu Remembered
There also will be a special presentation by the university honoring the memory of faculty member Amy Hu, who passed away in 2006. Her husband Billy Hu, professor of sociology, will participate.
Music, Traditional Dancing, Art and Fun
Additional activities celebrating Lunar New Year include Chinese music, a performance by the Yo Yo Dancers, a martial arts presentation by Master Randy Li, vendors with items for display and purchase, an exhibit by artist Joe Chang, and the Tainan Sisters City children's art display. This art work can be viewed in Suite 210, the university's office facility, which will also host a free public reception immediately after the noon festivities.
Sponsors include Bo Ling Restaurant, Chinatown Food Market, Tainan Sister City, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, and UCM.
For More Information
For more information, contact Karen French, assistant director of community engagement, at 816-474-1718.