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Celebrating Bicultural Active Living Lifestyle (BALL) throughout the Lunar New Year

2018 Lunar New Year is coming up at Feb 16, 2018. The dates for Lunar New Year differ each year as it is based on the lunar calendar and normally falls between 21 January and 20 February. Lunar New Year is an amazing celebration observed by people in Asia, particular Chinese, Korean, Singapore and Vietnamese communities. Many Asian countries celebrate the Lunar New Year as national holidays as well as Asian American communities here in MN.

Lunar New Year Celebration is a festival for people to come together to wish for a future filled with prosperity and peace. Each year marks a new Chinese Zodiac, and 2018 is the Year of the Dog. BALL Team will host information booth and perform Asian Dances at various local events, to showcase the important of cultural exercise concepts during the holidays.

Check out below Local Celebrations, which include:

Vietnamese New Year 2018 (Ticketed Event)

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 11:00AM – 6:00PM

Where: Union Depot, 214 4th Street East Saint Paul, MN 55101

Come for all the new year fun with lion dances, red pockets. Additionally, the Vietnamese Community of Minnesota will be holding Miss Ao Dai Vietnam Minnesota 2018 and Kids Talent Show. Both Kids Talent and Miss Ao Dai will be in the same event of Vietnamese New Year. For Details or Volunteer opportunity please Contact Thomas Cao at (612) 325 8256[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][image src=”3390″ alt=”Vietnamese New Year 2018 (Ticketed Event)” href=”” title=”Vietnamese New Year 2018 (Ticketed Event)” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” el_class=”ball-cam” css=”.vc_custom_1518124302092{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

2018 Vietnamese Lunar New Year – the Tet Show at UMN

When: Saturday, February 10 from 6 PM – 9 PM

Where: Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 S 4th St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
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Chinese Spring Festival

When: Sunday,Feb. 11th 2018, from 12:00-4:30pm

Where: Valley View Middle School, 6750 Valley View Rd, Edina, MN 55439

Folk Songs and Dances including Lion Dance, Hands-on Custom Experiences, Traditional Foods and Snacks, and Carnival games! Red Packets for all kids and seniors. Over 3,000 local people attended our 2017’s celebration. Please join us for an even better event in 2018.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][image src=”3391″ alt=”Chinese Spring Festival” href=”” title=”Chinese Spring Festival” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” el_class=”ball-cam” css=”.vc_custom_1518124459313{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

Mall of America Chinese New Year Celebration

When: Feb 17 – 18, everyday from Noon – 5 p.m.

Where: Mall of America at Rotunda

Together the Chinese and American audiences will celebrate the Chinese New Year “Year of the Dog” and share a Chinese cultural experience in an atmosphere of festive joy. The Chinese New Year Celebration will be composed of rich cultural presentation, brilliant artistic performances that will feature the Huaxing Arts Group of Minnesota and gorgeous Chinese New Year décor. We hope you can join us to celebrate the “Year of the Dog.”[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][image src=”3392″ alt=”Mall of America Chinese New Year Celebration” href=”” title=”Mall of America Chinese New Year Celebration” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” el_class=”ball-cam” css=”.vc_custom_1518124511504{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

2018 Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration (Ticketed Event)

When: Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 2:30pm – 6:00pm

Where: 2017 Buford Ave., North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul 55108

Minnesota Chinese Cultural Services Center (MCCSC, 明州中華文化服務中心) and several other organizations cordially invite you, and your families and friends to celebrate the Chinese New Year with us at the 2018 Twin Cities Chinese New Year Celebration event.

Advanced tickets can be purchased immediately at the Twin Cities Chinese Language School (雙城中文學校, 1030 University Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55104) on Saturday mornings, and on-line ( [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][image src=”3407″ alt=”2018 Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration (Ticketed Event)” href=”” title=”2018 Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration (Ticketed Event)” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” el_class=”ball-cam” css=”.vc_custom_1518124581738{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

CASA CNY: EmBarking On A New Journey

When: Saturday, February 17 at 5 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, University of MN

Bark your calendars! It’s going to be the Year of the Dog, and CASA’s Chinese New Year Celebration is the can’t miss event to start it off with free food, live performances, and fun activities. You could even win fabulous prizes, and it’s all free![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][image src=”3394″ alt=”CASA CNY: EmBarking On A New Journey” href=”” title=”CASA CNY: EmBarking On A New Journey” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” el_class=”ball-cam” css=”.vc_custom_1518124732538{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

Korean Lunar New Year

When: Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Where: Plymouth Library, 15700 36th Ave. N., Plymouth, MN 55446

Kick off the Year of the Dog with traditional Korean dance and drum performances, and learn about Lunar New Year celebrations. Feel free to attend in traditional clothing. Collaborators: Jang-mi Korean Dance & Drum of Minnesota, Korean Heritage House.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” el_class=”ball-cam” css=”.vc_custom_1518124778662{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]

2018 Korean Lunar New Year Celebration (Ticketed Event)

When: Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 5pm – 8pm

Where: Korean Service Center, 2174 Larpenteur Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55113

5:00-5:30: Traditional Korean children’s games such as Jegicha-gi, Nul-ddwi-gi, and more
5:30-6:30: Traditional Home-made Korean Food: Bul-go-gi, Jap-Chae, Mon-doo, and more
6:30-8:00: Sae-bae (Big Bow to elders), Traditional Dance Performance

All are welcome to wear traditional dress. Gift items will be on display and for sale.

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February BALL Announcements:


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1. Successful Complete Street Forum at Dec. 21, 2017

On December 20, 2017, Tie Oei from Asian Media Access hosted a Northside Community Forum to highlight the concepts of Complete Street at the Hmong International Academy. About 50 families participated. Many were willing to bring forth their opinions and concerns about the Metro Transit System.

This is our annual meeting that BALL (Bicultural Active Living Lifestyle) Initiative hosts to report back to the Community about the overall Transit development in North Minneapolis. This Community Forum is an important part of the Complete Street strategies. Each month, Tie represents BALL in diverse transit groups, such as: Blue Line Coalition and Metropolitan Council, etc., and voices out concerns among Northside residents of color. Besides meetings, she also represents the BALL initiative at various health fairs and outreach events making presentations, handing out BALL brochures and educating the public about complete street.

At this annual event, Tie has made an updates about diverse developments impacting the residents’ ability to drive, walk and bike around the Northside, particularly for the Blue Line, Rapid Bus Transit on Penn and Northside Greenway. Additionally, at this years forum, we have invited a guest speaker – Karyssa Jackson from Metro Transit to come, and she has shared about the C & D Transit Lines, and what to expect for the Blue Line. She also encouraged participants to have a voice in the planning process.

The focus of this year’s forum: “Changing the Narrative for Southeast Asians for Transit” desired to educate the Southeast Asian population on transit. With the assistance of AAOP (Asian American Organizing Project) Southeast Asians participated in a survey that asked questions about their opinions on transit and what they would like to see improved. Out of 80 surveyed, 60% were not transit riders and liked driving and found it more convenient; while the other 40% which were riders had mentioned a few barriers. The few barriers mention, consisted of: “timing;” “charging too many lines before reaching the destination;” “bus stop is too far;” “not convenient;” “safety is a concern;” and “the transit should be free,” etc.

Overall, the forum was successful in exchanging information with residents, and collecting more feedbacks. Besides, our Forum, Northside residents were given the opportunity to pick up gifts for their children through Toys for Tots as well, which makes the whole event even more memorable and meaningful.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_gallery interval=”10″ images=”3395,3396″ img_size=”full” title=”Successful Complete Street Forum at Dec. 21, 2017″][vc_separator color=”custom” accent_color=”#4f6a35″]

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2. Finding creative way to engage the communities from a Bicultural Perspective

BALL Team has been providing training throughout town about our Storytelling Engagement Project. Using a nontraditional approach to data collection, BALL Team has worked with diverse community groups to gather cultural perspectives on the healthcare system in Minnesota. Last training we have done – MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY HEALTH STORIES at MN Dept. of Health. BALL’s Training supports the participants to learn about new approach to data collection and community engagement, understand how to analyze the qualitative data from community members’ experiences with health and health care, and gain insight into engaging limited English proficiency audiences.

BALL has utilized below creative ways to engage with communities:
• Arts Collage
• Messages on the Sidewalk
• One Sentence Reflection Writing
• Photo Booth with an Attitude
• Sticky Notes on Van
• Story Circle – Community Gathering
• Storybird Poetry – web based postcard
• Video/Radio Interview

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