Chinese Culture on Bright Display

By Dow, Katherine | Winnipeg Free Press, September 2, 2012 | Go to article overview

Chinese Culture on Bright Display


Dow, Katherine, Winnipeg Free Press


Troupe part of weekend festival

Spirits were literally flying high Saturday afternoon, as the Manitoba Great Wall Performing Arts group took to the Lyric Theatre stage for a gravity-defying acrobatic routine.

The performance, which featured a traditional lion dance and some mesmerizing acrobatic stunts, served as a celebration of the group's 10th anniversary.

Poid Wong brought her three sons, Rylan, 2, Nicholas, 4, and Connor, 6, out to the outdoor performance. Wong said she's using the weekend's events to help her kids connect with their Chinese heritage.

"We thought it would be interesting for the kids to see. My kids haven't been too overly exposed to their Chinese culture. They don't really understand what being Chinese means. When we tell them they're Chinese, they always say 'No I'm not. What is that?' I just think it's a great way for them to learn and understand," Wong said, while doling out sandwiches to her three boys while they watched a traditional Chinese fan dance.

Shirley Yu manned a Chinese fashion booth during the performance. Yu modelled a traditional dress herself and explained to passersby about the various traditional and contemporary clothing displayed at her booth.

"What we eat, how we dress, it's all important parts of our culture. We try and help people to learn more about it, and it helps me identify with a side of my heritage that I haven't learned a lot about," Yu said.

The incredible display of Chinese cultural dance, crafts and food is just one event in China Culture Days, a weekend of cultural celebrations being held in commemoration of the dance group's anniversary. …

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