Upcoming Events

  • Other events in the works for 2011 and 2012:
    • Off the Beaten Track in China - Photos from SW (Shangri-la) Region and Tibet by Hsiao-Mei & Ray Wiedmeyer - Feb 16th 7-9:30pm at The Friends' Room in Daniel Boone Regional Library (Click for Brochure).
    • "My iPhone speaks Chinese but I dont" - has been rescheduled for a later date!
    • Cooking demonstration by Mike Wong - Tentatively April
    • Out of China Beaten Path - TBD
    • Photo Exhibition - TBD
    • Lantern Festival Missouri Botanical Garden - 2012 - TBD

Past Events

  • An American Family in China Jane O'Toole (May 24th 7:00pm) in MSU-N201/202
  • Private tour of Ran-In-Ting's Watercolors at 6:00pm - at the Museum of Art & Archaeology on MU Campus
  • Dragon Boat Festival (in collaboration with MMCA) - Jun 5, 2011 at Bethel Park. Slide show of event and Dragon Boat Races at: ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32Fjy6_WfKs ).
  • China Night - held Feb 20, 2011
  • Kite Festival - October 10th
  • China Photo Premier - Presentations and Pictures
  • CoMo girls dance
  • Around the World, in Flat Branch Park
  • Dragon boat festival video from June 11, 2010
  • St. Louis Botanic Garden China Culture Days - May 15 & 16 Click here for CFC Tour Information
  • Reception for Yirui Wei and Her Mother - May 21, 3-5pm at Chemistry Dept Office Conference Room. Also read her story at the Columbia Tribune.
  • Membership meeting - April 7 (Wed) from 6-8 pm and Hong Kong restaurant   Free for renewing CFC members!
  • Dr. Ling Huping's talk tonight is cancelled due to the weather. All interested people are encourage to attend her lecture on Feb. 16, 2010 sponsored by MU History Department and Asian Affairs Center. Please click to see flyer for more information
  • China Night - February 13 at MU Campus, 7:00pm, Jesse Auditorium
  • In October will be the 4th Annual Dumpling Festival! It will be on Friday, 16th at 5:30 - 8:00pm, and the place is Fourm Boulevard Christian Church located at: 3000 Forum Boulevard (at Nifong). Tickets are limited to 250 (25 tables) so hurry and get yours! For flyer "Click Here"

  • In November be on the look out for Ling Ling Qi, a political science Ph.D candidate presentation. Where she will offer her own experiences about democracy in China and USA. (Nov 17, 2009 at 7:00pm) The Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis is sponsoring the following spring, 2009 events:

    Friday 04/24, Taste of the World, Missouri Theater: "The 3rd Annual Taste of the World is a cultural celebration of food and performance featuring the best our community has to offer in dance and music from around the world. With seven dance ensembles, more than 70 performers, and a Grand Finale reprise of the 2009 City of Columbia's Cultural Diversity Celebration, this is an event you won't want to miss!"

    December 2006 Newsletter

    Read the CFC December 2006 Newsletter.

    A New Year's Card from Laoshan to Columbia

    Spring 2007 Chinese-related classes

    Columbia Adult Education has two Chinese-related classes in the winter semester. Click the link for details.

    CFC Membership Appreciation Day 2007

    Thursday, February 8, 6-8 pm. International Community Church, 1107 University Avenue, Columbia. [PHOTOS]

    February 15, 2007: Asian American Association Fundraiser

    Thursday, February 15, 6-8 pm, China Gardens Buffet, 3420 Clark Lane. China Gardens will donate 15% of sales to Asian American Awareness Week! Contact annie.guo {at} mizzou.edu if you have questions.

    Chinese New Year 2007


    Chinese New Year falls on February 18th in 2007. Since the old Chinese calendar used lunar months, Chinese New Year can come in January or February of the western calendar. Image(To catch up with the sun, certain years add an extra month.)

    This new year will be year 4705, the Year of the Pig!

    Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon and ends on the full moon 15 days later. ImageThe 15th day of the new year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade. Gifts at New Year are generally from parents to children, from employers to employees, and take the practical form of cash in a red envelope.

    Several groups in Columbia celebrate Chinese New Year in a big way and invite guests.

    • The Mid-Missouri Chinese Association will celebrate with food and song on Saturday, February 17th, starting at 6:00 p.m. at Forum Boulevard Christian Church, 3300 Forum Boulevard.

    Lloyd Alan Peterson, 1957-2007

    Sad news:Lloyd Alan Peterson, a CFC member, was tragically killed in an automobile accident. More information and memories of Lloyd are here.

    March 10, 2007: MU's Annual China Night

    See www.chinanight.org

    March 15, 2007: Boomtown: Life in a Chinese Factory

    Peter Hessler, Author of River Townand Oracle Bones, will discuss "Boomtown: Life in a Chinese Factory" in MU's Fisher Auditorium/Gannett Hall (near 9th and Elm) on Thursday, March 15th from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.

    Mr. Hessler is a native of Columbia, Missouri. He studied English literature at Princeton and Oxford before going to China as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1996. After finishing his Peace Corps stint, Hessler wrote freelance pieces for Atlantic Monthlyand The New York Timesbefore returning to China in 1999 as a Beijing-based freelance writer. This event is sponsored by MUs Asian Affairs Center and the International Center.

    Cultural Exchange Opportunity

    CFC is getting support to send some Columbia area artists to perform at the Qingdao Beer Festivalin August 2007. Up to $4000 and other support will be provided to cover travel and other costs. If you know musicians, dancers, or other artists who could represent central Missouri on an international stage, have them submit an applicationby April 20, 2007. More information will be forthcoming. Please pass around our flyer.

    April 2, 2007: Beijing Opera for Beginners

    Date/Time: 7:00PM, Monday April 2. Free and open to the public.
    Location: International Community Church, 1107 University Ave.

    Hsiao-Mei and friends will introduce Jingju , Beijing Opera, with slides and musical performance, so that you get even more enjoyment from the presentation on April 9. [PHOTOS]

    Taichi Exercise Training and free Erhu Concert

    MU is sponsoring Taichi exercise training & Chinese music concert eventsApril 6,7, & 8.

    Concert: Saturday, April 7, at 7:30 pm, at Black Culture Center, on Virginia Avenue 1/2 block south of Rollins. Admission $10. Contact 573-884-7312 for advanced purchase. "A graduate from the Opera University of Henan, Ying was a solo instrumentalist with the Central Song and Dance Ensemble from 1978 to 1996. Ms. Yang Ying was also the founder, bass player, and singer for Cobra, the first all female rock band in China. Her most recent CD combines traditional erhu pieces with classic American jazz tunes, and her own compositions that are a fusion of Chinese music and styles and western classical, jazz, funk, rock and Nashville influences."

    Chinese Calligraphy with Lampo Leong

    Modern Brushwork: An International Modern Brush Painting Exhibition. April 530, 2007. Brady Gallery 203 Brady Commons, MU. Works of 13 Artists from Taiwan, South Korea, China & USA. Sponsors: MSA/GPC Craft Studio, Asian Affairs Center, Department of Art, MU. 573-882-2889. Free and open to the public.

    Reception: Thursday, April 12, 2007, 5-7pm. Brady Gallery.

    Professor Lampo Leong will introduce Chinese Calligraphy ideas and technique at the MSA/GPC Craft Studio, 234/235 Brady Commons, on Saturday, April 14, 2007, from 12-6 pm. Tickets are $75 for MU students, $100 for the public, at the MSA/GPC Box Office, inside the ground level of Brady Commons.

    April 9, 2007: Beijing Opera at Jesse Hall

    Date/Time: 7:00PM, Monday, April 9
    Location: Jesse Auditorium (in Jesse Hall)
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    This event, organized by the International Programming Committee (IPC) and co-sponsored by the Asian Affairs Center, will be FREE and open to the public.

    "Kungfu Theatre: Tales from the Beijing Operais a series of comic and dramatic scenes from Chinas most popular stories. Told in English and Chinese, this theatre is a combination of music, dialogue, dance, mime, and acrobatics. These scenes capture the magic and beauty of Chinas most renowned performing arts tradition, while being accessible to English-speaking audiences of all ages."

    Learn more from their brochureand video, and some background.

    April 22-28: Asian American Awareness Week

    The Asian American Association announces its 10th Annual Asian American Awareness (AAA) Week. This annual week of activities is expected to bring together more than 500 students, faculty members, and members of the Columbia community. More information is here. Some events: Sunday 4/22 Barbeque; 4/23 Asian Street Market; 4/24: Lecture; 4/24 Variety Show; 4/25 Speaker Circle; 4/26 Lecture; 4/26 Film; 4/27 Carnival for Kids; 4/28 Banquet.


    The Friday 4/27 Asian Adventure for Kids from 6-9 pm occurs at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 914 West Blvd. Activities include: making paper cranes, painting, dancing, writing Chinese name, face-painting, bamboo ring toss, making a paper fan, cartoons, making Asian jewelery, a cake walk, guessing the number of rice grains, and free food!

    ImageTuesday May 15 at 7 pm: A Taste of China!

    Learn the name and regional character of specialty Chinese dishes for North, South, West, & our sister city Laoshan in the East.  Learn why Mayor Hindman said, "This is the best food I ever had in China!" after every meal.

    Place: International Community Church, 1107 University Avenue (between College & Hitt) Image

    Presenter: Lillian Sung, Chinese language & Art teacher

    Free & Open to Public.   Enjoy a delicious snack specially prepared by Lillian.   Columbia Friends of China will announce the October 2007 "A Taste of China" tour!  [UPDATE]

    May 19 & 20: Chinese Culture Days at Missouri Botanical Gardens

    Image"Chinese Culture Days features a Grand Parade with 70-foot dancing dragon, martial arts, Chinese calligraphy, painting and authentic regional cuisine. The New Shanghai Acrobatic Circus returns this year with their amazing feats of balance and strength. Tai chi and tea tasting in the Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden, where special tours focus on the symbolism of many plant species and architectural details. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Grand Parade at 2 p.m.), both days. $10 adults, $7 seniors, $3 Garden members, $3 children ages 3 to 12, free for members children (12 and under). Buy tickets in advance online at www.mobot.org. No trams."

    Wednesday July 18

    Come hear tales and see pictures of recent traveling in China, Inner Mongolia, Yunnan, and Tibet! Meet members of Ironweed Bluegrass band going soon to Laoshan to represent mid-Missouri! Get details of the upcoming Taste of China tour! All starting at 7 pm at the International Community Church, east of the intersection of Hitt Street and University Avenue.

    October 2007: "A Taste of China" Tour

    The Taste of China Touris October 14-27, 2007. Deadline for application is August 15. Update:Not enough applications were received by August 15, so the 2007 tour will not proceed. We hope to offer the tour again in 2008.

    ImageSaturday September 22

    The Henan Dance and Music Troupewill be performing in Columbia. (The Chinese Moon Festival is the 15th of the eighth month in lunar calendar which is September 24 this year.)

    Place: Windsor Auditorium, Stephens College, 1405 E. Broadway

    Tickets: Limited advance tickets for sell ($5/adult, $3/children under 12). Purchase tickets at the International Center and Asian Affairs Center or contact Hsiao-Mei Wiedmeyer, (573) 808-6307 if you have any questions.

    ImageSeptember 29 and 30, 2007

    Two Chinese artists will be at the Columbia Festival of Artson Courthouse Square. One does painting inside a bottle and the other does the Chinese embroidery. Dont miss these opportunities to see traditional Chinese arts in Columbia! Update: See the KOMU Pepper and Friends interview("KOMU on demand", choose "Chinese Festival").

    QinyzThe First Emperor of China: Tues, Oct 9, 7 pm

    George Frissell of Hickman High School will present a forum on Qin Ying Zheng, the first emperor of China. The Qin Dynasty left as legacy the unification of Chinaand the lavish artifacts known as the Terracotta Army. This presentation will be Tuesday, October 9, at 7 pm at the International Community Church, 1107 University Avenue, between College Avenue and Hitt Street.

    Dumpling Festival: Friday October 12, 2007, 5:30 - 8 pm

    Sold out!

    We're sorry if you didn't get a ticket! Our limited supply of dumplings and seating sold out! Please check back regularly or sign up for email announcements of more events.

    ImageThe second annual Columbia Friends of China fundraiser will feature a presentation by Ironweedon their recent experiences in China, a silent auction of wondrous treasures, and of course, yummy Chinese dumplingsserved with a seven-course meal.

    Space and dumplings we can make are limited, so advance tickets are required: $20 for an adult, $12 for a child under 12, or a table for 10 at $150. All proceeds support cultural, educational, and economic exchange activities between Laoshan and Columbia, to promote Chinese language and cultural events in mid-Missouri. Here is a videofrom last year's dumpling festival.

    Here is a map to the dumpling festival location at Forum Boulevard Christian Church at Nifong and Forum. Use the far east (!) door. Call Hsiao-Mei (808-6307) or Lesley (356-9606) or send emailif you have ticket requests or questions.

    Beijing! Tues, Nov 13, 7 p.m.

    Location: Waters Auditorium (northeast from Memorial Union just across from parking garage on University Avenue)

    Mr. Chuning FENG, a local and former architecture student in Beijing, an amateur "Beijing expert", will present you amazing scenes and facts of his home city.

    • HOW was Beijing city designed by a Middle-Asian Muslim, under Mongolian rule, but strictly according to Confucian principles?
    • HOW do 99 McDonalds compete with over 100 KFC in Beijing?
    • HOW does Beijing manage to handle over 9,000 sites under construction at the same time, more than all of Europe?
    • HOW will Beijing solve its traffic jam of 3,000,000 cars?

    Come and learn more! Free Refreshments!

    January 2008 Newsletter

    Read the CFC January 2008 Newsletter for a colorful summary of events from 2007 and a look forward to 2008.

    Image CFC Membership Appreciation Day 2008

    Thursday, February 7, 2008, 6:30 pm.

    International Community Church, 1107 University Avenue, Columbia. Traditional Chinese dishes will be served. The program includes a year in review, tea culture, Tai-Chi fan dance, and Chinese music. A unique Beijing 2008 Olympic souvenir will be given for the first twenty-five 2008 paid members. Come and celebrate with us.

    February 7, 2008 begins the year of the rat

    Rat ranks number one in the twelve calendar animals. According to the old story, once there was a race to choose the animal sequence of the calendar. Cat forgot the time and asked Rat the schedule. Rat gave Cat the wrong time. Rat clung to the horn of Ox while crossing the river, then jumped over off to reach the finish line to win the championship. Cat missed the race and swore to kill Rat. That's why Cat has chased Rat forever.

    ImageMMCA Chinese New Year Party

    The Mid Missouri Chinese Association is hosting a new year party on Saturday, February 9, from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Parish Hall of the Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 South Ninth Street in downtown Columbia.

    At the door, admission and membership registration is $17 for an individual, $45 for a family, with non-membership admission of $12 or $7/child. So we can better prepare food and you can get a discount, please register for this popular event in advance by emailing mmca_holiday_registry @ hotmail.com by February 4 noting how many adults and kids will come with you. Questions or suggestions may also be sent to this email address.

    A Chinese-American Family in China

    Dick Bodman Have your wondered what it would be like to live and work in China? Come hear speakers Dick Bodman, Retired Professor from Saint Olaf College, MN, and Hongyuan Lang (Mrs. Bodman), Tai-Chi Teacher.

    When: Saturday, May 10, 2008, at 10:00 am, at the University of Missouri, Memorial Union North 103A

    In 1995, Dick Bodman and Hongyuan Lang married in China. Hongyuan's daughter Julia is now a graduating senior here in Columbia at Stephens College. In 2006, Dick retired from Saint Olaf College as a teacher of Chinese language. In the fall of 2007 Dick, Hongyuan, and grandson Ben went to live, study, and work in Shanghai for six months. You can hear of their adventures, and even join Honyuan for a brief tai-chi demonstration and workout. This event is free to CFC members. We request a $5 donation from the public.

    Saturday July 26, 2008: Dragon Boat Festival in Kansas City

    (Rescheduled from original rainy June date.)
    Columbia Friends of China is sponsoring a tour to Kansas City for the Dragon Boat Festival Celebration at the Southeast Corner of the Plaza shopping district. Transportation is provided but seating is limited. Please respond immediately if you are interested. Additional information is from KC China Garden Society and here.

    Following is a tentative schedule:
    8:30 am - Leave Columbia from International Community Church, 1107 University Ave.
    11:00 am - Entertainment by Kansas City Chinese community
    12:15 pm - Lunch on your own. Food vendors are available in the park, and the Plaza is nearby.
    1:00 pm - "Wake the Dragon" ceremony
    1:15 pm - Dragon boat race starts
    4:00 pm - Leave KC to return to Columbia

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    Cost is $20 for CFC members, $25 for general public, and $10 for children. RSVP to Wiedmeyer2 (a) mchsi. com or to 573-808-6307.

    August 14, 2008: Doing Business in China


    September 2-4, 2008: Movie

    " Up the Yangtze" at Ragtag Cinema.

    This is a great film. A group of CFC friends are going to meet Thursday 9/4 at 5:30 pm at Jingo Chinese Restaurant on Broadway near Hitt Street, and go to the show together. If you are interested in joining us, please let Hsiao-Mei know.

    Thursday, September 11, 2008: "Zen in art through the ages"

    Image Time: 7 pm
    Place: International Community Church, 1107 University Avenue, Columbia, MO
    Speaker: James Austin, M.D.

    James H. Austin is Clinical Professor of Neurology, University of Missouri Health Science Center, and Emeritus Professor of Neurology, University of Colorado Health Science Center. Austin is the author of his well-known book Zen and the Brain, which aims to establish links between the neurological workings of the human brain and meditation. Austin has written a sequel to it, Zen-Brain Reflections. He was student of the late Rinzai roshi Kobori Nanrei Sohaku.

    Saturday, September 13, 2008: Mid-Autumn Mooncake Festival

    The ZhongQiu party of the Mid-Missouri Chinese Association will be held on Saturday September 13. We are looking forward to seeing you and your family at the party. If you plan to attend, please register now (by September 10th at the latest) by sending an email to mmca_holiday_registry@hotmail.com. Please specify how many adults and kids will attend. Each family please bring one party-size dish to share.

    WHAT: MMCA ZhongQiu Jie Party
    WHEN: Saturday, September 13, 2008, 5:00pm -dark.
    WHERE: Stephens Lake Park, Gordon Shelter.
    FOOD Provided by MMCA: moon cakes, noodles, BBQ, etc.
    ADMISSION: Free to MMCA members with advance registration. Non-members: $10/family, $5/person

    Thursday, Oct 9, 2008: Third Annual CFC Dumpling Festival

    Image 5:30 pm, Forum Boulevard Christian Church.

    Advance tickets are required. All proceeds support cultural, educational, and economic exchange activities between Laoshan and Columbia, to promote Chinese language and cultural events in mid-Missouri. Here is a map to the dumpling festival location at Forum Boulevard Christian Church at Nifong and Forum. Use the far east (!) door. Call Hsiao-Mei (808-6307) or send email if you have ticket requests or questions.

    December 31, 2008: First Night

    First Night presentations of Chinese Dance and Music.

     Happy New Year!
     The Year of the Ox begins
     January 26, 2009!

    April 11 2009, noon - 2 pm: Member Appreciation Luncheon at Columbia Chinese Christian Church (at intersection of Grindstone Parkway and Rock Quarry Road. Map.) Great food! Brief reports of past activities. Great food! A peek at future activities. Entertainment! Did we mention...? Great food! So that we will prepare enough great food, please, please tell us how many will attend with you.