By David Li, bostonese.com
Boston, Feb. 19, 2014, Malden Mayor Gary Christenson was among 1000 people who packed John Hancock Hall in Boston Back Bay Sunday, Feb. 16, evening. They enjoyed the performances by top singers and dancers from China at the “Cultures of China, Festival of Spring” show, presented by Asian Cultural Center. Mayor Christenson watched the performance together with Council General Sun Guoxiang of Chinese Consulate in New York City.
Mayor Christenson (right) and Mr. Yunzhao Hu (left) pose for a picture (photo by David Li).
At the V.I.P reception before the show, Mayor Christenson greeted many of his friends in the Greater Boston Chinese community. He invited Mr. Yunzhao Hu, owner of Kam Man Supermarkets in Boston and Quincy, to open a store in Malden. “Our Asian population is over 20% now,” said Mayor Christenson.
“Cultures of China, Festival of spring” event is a global celebration organized annually by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. It is one of the largest cultural celebrations of the Chinese Lunar New Year around the world.
Mayor Christenson, Yan Yu (second form left), and V.I.P. guests pose for a picture (photo by David Li).
Gov. Deval Patrick and US Senate Elizabeth Warren sent congratulatory letters for the show. “I’m delighted to welcome you to the Cultures of China, Festival of Spring at John Hancock Hall. The Asian Cultural Center of Boston has always sought to promote Chinese culture and I am proud of our city for hosting this festival,” wrote Senate Warren.
One of the missions of this year’s “Cultures of China, Festival of Spring” US tour is to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and China. Those top singers and dancers from China have left Boston, but memories of their beautiful performances will always be cherished by people of Boston.
Please check out some pictures from the show by bostonese.com’s photographer John Tsou below.