Photo By Jerry Zhou
Painted Post, NY - Corning Chinese Association (CCA) hosted a 2016 Chinese New Year at Painted Post Middle School on Feb 6, 2016. More than 300 Members from the local community from 0 to 103 year-old celebrated the Year of the Monkey with us.
The evening started with a feast prepared by local Chinese restaurants, followed by a series of performances prepared by the talented families and friends of CCA members, which represents both the traditional and modern Chinese cultures. Corning City Deputy Mayor Bill Boland and numbers of Corning Incorporated leadership members joined the celebration.
The year 2016 is a year of Monkey, the ninth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. In Chinese culture, Monkeys are considered cheerful and energetic by nature and usually represent flexibility. People under the sign of the Monkey are wise, intelligent, confident, charismatic, loyal, inventive and have leadership. CCA represents the largest Chinese community in the Southern Tier region. Its mission is to facilitate networking and personal/professional development amongst the Chinese community and those who are interested in the Chinese culture. It hosts the annual Chinese New Year celebration for more than 10 year, which has become an iconic event in the local community.
By Hangzheng (Hank) Wang, Photo by Wei Xu
Painted Post, NY - On October 21, CCA co-hosted with Corning Incoporated MTE-ALG group a Chinese Folk Music & Dance Live show at Painted Post Middle School on 6:30 pm. The performance is brought by Nanjing Normal University (NNU) Art Troupe from China, who has hundreds of professional appearances all over the world.
More than 130 CCA members and friends attended the show. During the 90 minutes show, the audiences enjoyed authentic Chinese music from a variety of instruments, including Suona, Dizi, Pipa and Erhu. The dancing team and the soprano also earned a round of applause from the audiences.
This event is one of the performance series of NNU Art Troupe around the United States.
By Hanzheng (Hank) Wang, Photo by Jerry Zhou
Horseheads, NY - Mid-autumn day/Moon festival is one of the most important holidays celebrated in eastern Asian countries. The festival is originated based on the legend of Chang’e, a goodness and master of the moon. The myths associated with Chang'e explain the origin of moon worship during this day. To memorize Chang’e, people get together with family members for dinner and moon cake tasting. Meanwhile, the mid-autumn day is also a celebration of harvest for Chinese farmers.
In Corning, we celebrated this year’s Moon Festival at the Harris Hill Youth Camp on September 19th. The CCA welcomed more than 200 CCA members and friends in the events. It began with greetings from CCA president Lin Lin, followed by honoring our dedicated teachers from the Corning Chinese School, who made significant contributions in spreading Chinese language and culture to younger generations during the past year. A few new CCA members also made a brief self-introduction and were welcomed to the CCA family.
Authentic Chinese food is always the key component of the party. The CCA prepared Chinese food from local Chinese restaurants as well as local families for our member to enjoy. Lucky members also get boxes of moon cakes as lottery gifts. Additionally, the event was celebrated with lantern word puzzles.
Jian (Jerry) Cheng
Ithaca, NY - On July 11th, the Corning Dragon Warriors took a plunge into the shimmering Finger Lakes to participate the dragon boat race at the Finger Lakes International Dragon Boat Festival. Since 2006, this affair took place during the beautiful summer season in Ithaca annually. The relatively short history of Finger Lakes Dragon Boat Festival has a much longer cultural heritage behind it. In memory of the ancient Chinese patriot Qu Yuan, the Duanwu Festival, popularly known as the Dragon Boat Festival, is an important tradition observed by East Asian people since more than 2000 years ago, and is becoming more popular worldwide due to the dragon boat race.
Despite the ten-year history of this annual event, this is the first year a team representing Corning's ethnic group participated in the race. With Corning’s spirit of endeavor and strong teamwork, Corning warriors really stood out during all the four races they participated and were awarded the bronze medal in the community team competition. To achieve this goal, Corning Chinese Association and MTE Asian & Latin Group put together a team that consists of 25 Corning employees and their family members, who had grown into competitive dragon boat racers only after three training sessions before the race.
“What I have seen is a great group of people who shows high team spirit and grows stronger and stronger through one practice to another. The most impressive thing is our last 500m race in which we have significantly improved our time by more than 10 seconds! It can’t be done without the unite efforts from each of you.” Jia Zhang, the team captain said after the race.
The groups also reached out to this year’s Corning summer interns and offered them this unique opportunity to experience Corning’s core values. As Jerry Cheng, one of crew members and Corning summer intern said, “I feel honored, as an intern, to embark for the race and for the best of it. Physically, I felt that strength when we were giving our full power to inch up in the race. How fast the boat moves really depends on our synchronization, so it is of the same importance as individual effort to keep in the same pace as your fellow warriors. I understand it better that at Corning people move forward in a team and this is something rooted in our DNA.”
The Saturday event is a great success thanks to the cheer leading and logistic volunteers as their hard work offered many Corning employees and their families a unique experience of combining: the celebration of Asian heritage, the team-building experience, the thrilling races, the leisure time with families and friends, and the genuine homemade Chinese food.
By Jia Zhang
Corning, NY -- More than 20 CCA members gathered at Denison Park on Saturday, April 25th to take part in 2015 March for Babies. Together with other residents from all over the Southern Tier, hundreds of people took a 3 mile walk through streets of Corning to help give babies in Southern Tier a stronger and healthier life.
March for Babies, the nation’s premier walking even is held in 700 communities across the United States and involves more than 7 million people each year. The walk is organized by the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health, March of Dimes. According to the organization, 1 out of 9 babies in New York State is born premature. The Southern Tier March for Babies expects to raise more than $58000 this year for pregnancy research.
CCA raised over $500 to the event to show supports to our local community. Participation of CCA members in the walk was highly recognized and CCA would like to thank each CCA members to make this event a success.
OverOve Near 400 members of Corning Chinese Association (CCA) brought festivities to the local community on Feb 21st. at Painted Post High School in celebration of the 2015 Lunar New Year, also known as the Year of the Sheep, as well as the Goat or Ram. Sheep (goat, or ram) is among the animals that people like most in traditional Chinese culture, which has the characteristics of gentleness and calm, and therefore, heralds a year of promise and prosperity.
The evening started with a feast prepared by local Chinese restaurants, followed by a series of performances prepared by the talented families and friends of CCA members, which represents both the traditional and modern Chinese cultures. Corning City Mayor Rich Negri and numbers of Corning Incorporated leadership members joined the celebration.
Corning Chinese Association represents the largest Chinese community in the Southern Tier region. Its mission is to facilitate networking and personal/professional development amongst the Chinese community and those who are interested in the Chinese culture. It hosts the annual Chinese New Year celebration for more than 10 year, which has become an iconic event in the local community.
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