“East Meets West” is a culture theme with multiple meanings. As a Chinese society exists in the Woodlands, The Woodlands Chinese cultural Center express our gratitude to the Woodlands community. This Town Center’s unique openness and multi-cultural spirit have allowed us to thrive and grow, and to become a part of the Woodlands’ cultural resources to enrich the life of the Woodlands area and around.
When we planned the theme, we could not have imagined that the theme “East Meets West” resonates powerfully for all of the Chinese teachers who work with the CISD High Schools, Jenny Jihua Jian at the Woodlands High School, Carol Lee at The Woodlands College Park High School, Ping Jiang at Conroe High School, Ming Gao and Jessie Pack at Oak Ridge High School and Grand Oaks High School. They are thrilled to have the opportunity for their students to show how they love the Chinese Arts and Culture, and engage their students to use their own way to express what they understand about the Chinese Culture and Arts. We would like to see he students take the chance to get as much as exposure to other culture as they can. Hope this experience will benefit to build their global leadership.
During the preparation of the event, I was surprised to meet Ms. Nell Calloway and Mr. Mike Chennault who are grandchildren of the famed Flying Tigers commander Lieutenant General Claire Lee Chennault. Gen. Chennault helped China resist the Japanese invasion in World War II. By accident, I was excited to meet another lady Ms. Krista Cobb who is great-niece of Mr. Edgar Snow. Snow was the first Western journalist to interview key Chinese leaders and to report the heroic fighting of the Chinese people against the Japanese invasion in World War II, known for his 1937 book “Red Star Over China.” Gen. Chennault and Mr. Snow were the old friends of the Chinese people, and played a significant role in promoting Western understanding of China. Nell, Mike, and Krista have been following their grandparent’s steps to promote the mutual understanding and friendship between the two great peoples of the two countries.
We want to use the theme event as an opportunity to express our gratitude to those American who ever helped China and have been pursuing that the two countries preserve their shared legacies of the past, and work closely to make the world a better place to live and promote world peace. Now, we, as East, meet West and join hands to create the opportunity to understand more each other through the arts and the culture. We have been privileged to have a close partnership with The Woodlands High School who hosts twice in this year our performing events. Mr. Paul LeBlanc, the Associate Principal, never said No to me when I asked for a performance location, no matter how busy schedule the auditorium has to support our events. Mr. Timothy Jackubek, the Theatre Chair/Technical Director, is the most dedicated person whom I ever worked with. Every one of our stage team loves to work with him because of his knowledgeable skills and his excellent team-work leadership. We greatly appreciate for all what they did for us!
We are lucky to live in the Woodlands, where is open and a great deal of diversity. Our culture is respected very well. We are surrounded by supporting and taking care by the Woodlands Township, the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, Lone Star College, and etc. Thank our Supporters, you make us a difference!
At last, Thanks a million to all the volunteers, all the performers, and all the donors. Without you, the event can not make happened! Especially thanks to David Sun, Xin Hu, Yafei Wu, Yan Zhu, Feng Gao, Jennifer Majors Baca, Zhenming Song, Huiming Gu, Deqing Yang, for giving so meaningfully of your support!
林城（ Woodlands） “2018遇见东方”大型晚会圆满成功
林城中国文化中心（The Woodlands Chinese Cultural Center）秉着丰富社区多文化生活，以及让喜欢中华文化与艺术的美国人有机会展现他们的热爱，和实现人人参与宣传中华文化的愿望，于 11月3日组织发起，并邀请北休斯敦华人协会以及林城高中共同举办了“2018遇见东方”大型晚会，获得了巨大的成功！千人场地座无虚席，20个节目3个小时的演出，让人流连忘返。四位金发碧眼的主持人大方幽默的中英文节目串场解说，让观众不时发出阵阵欢声笑语。
三重唱“我爱你中国”，魔术“变服装”，民乐“花儿与少年”等节目是当地华人与高中以及孤星大学的美国学生，共同完成的节目，他们配合的天衣无缝！在此特别说明，民乐“花儿与少年”是由林城民乐团演出的，该乐团被孤星大学（Lone Star College）很荣幸地命名为“客座艺术团”。同时该校音乐系为乐队提供免费设施与设备使用。乐团定期在学校排练，已有美国大学生加入乐团，欢迎更多的民乐手和西洋乐手参加。
值得一提的是 “南泥湾” 独唱歌手是 Krista Cobb女士，用民族唱法和美声唱法同时演绎这首歌，声情并茂，再配上自编自导的舞蹈，如果不看她的金发碧眼，还以为就是一位中国妞呐！她对中国的文化一往情深，是因为她的舅爷是中国人民的老朋友美国记者斯诺先生，她从小耳闻目染中国文化。