January 17, 2023

Ethnic Cleveland eNews
January 17, 2023
Year of the Water Rabbit
From January 22, 2023 to February 9, 2024, we will be celebrating the Year of the Water Rabbit. The Water Rabbit is a subset of the Rabbit zodiac sign. Those born in 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023 are considered Rabbits in the Chinese zodiac but only those born in 1963 and 2023 are Water Rabbits. Other years may be Fire, Earth, Wood or Metal Rabbits. Basketball star Michael Jordan may be the GOAT but he is also a Water Rabbit. (the puns start early this issue – lol).
 
The Lunar New Year or Spring Festival is commonly referred to as Chinese New Year, Tết in Vietnamese, Seollal in Korean, Losar in Tibet, and Tsagaan Sar in Mongolian. We will post as many events as we can on our Calendar and in the eNews but the most current information for Lunar New Year is on the OCAGC page
 
Xin Nián Kuài Lè (sheen neean kwai luh) is Happy New Year in Mandarin.
 
Many Clevelanders speak Cantonese so you can greet them with Gong hei fat choy, the Cantonese version used mainly in southern China, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Vietnam. If they say it to you answer with “Sun tai gin hong” that means ‘Stay healthy’. 
Johnny Wu Lunar New Year Memory
Our good friend Johnny Wu shared these memories of Lunar New Year.

A little bit on how we (when young in Taiwan or Panama) celebrated Lunar New Year. On LNY's eve, dad would make sure we go to bed and he would sneak in and put a bit of sweet smelling apple next to our pillow, so when we woke up in the morning, we would get the nice aroma smell.

We would quickly dress with all new clothing (including underwear) and go to our parent's chairs (they would sit next to each other, with a table of incense, fruit, and other items on the table).

We would then bow at them 3 times, wishing them Happy New Year and Long Life. My dad would then give me a red envelope with money. I usually got excited, as this is kinda the yearly allowance. lol
I would then go out to the neighborhood and wish everyone Happy New Year, and each would give me a red envelope (you continue to get red envelope until you are married.).

Back in Taiwan, I lived in Peitou for about 4 years. There every year I would collect maybe about 1200 (their currency). My sister would save them but guess what I did with the money?

I would run toward a store and get 1200 worth of firecrackers and then have our friend fight against each other shooting at each other.

The memories my dad left me will forever be embedded to my yearly routine. At LNY, I (and making Raymond Elkin doing it with me) bow to the ancestors, and then wear all new clothes and shoes. Just to keep that tradition going.
Blast from the Past – Year of the Rabbit

The last time it was Year of the Rabbit was 12 years ago in 2011 (Metal Rabbit). Just like then there will be a celebration at Asia Plaza complete with the Kwan Family Lion Dance and other performers. 
Here is a short video from 2011 of the Kwan Family Lion Dance in Asia Plaza.
St. Clair Superior Development Corporation invited local artists to apply their talent & creativity to the fiberglass rabbit sculptures to create an assortment of unique pieces of public art. The Rabbits were placed outside local business establishments in Cleveland, and were auctioned off in the Fall 2011.

2011 was the 6th year of the project with prior art honoring the Year of the Ox, Rat, Pig, Dog and Tiger. More sculptures followed in subsequent years.

Our sister site, ClevelandWomen.com, captured photos of all the Rabbits and asked visitors to vote for their favorite. 19 of the 24 Rabbits received at least one vote. The Rabbit that got both the most votes and the most first place votes was Ralphie Rabbit at 1419 East 40th. (photo below)

Be sure to stop by the ClevelandPeople.com table in Asia Plaza this Saturday. Maybe you will get in a picture we can look back at in 2035!
ClevelandPeople.Com is sponsored in part by Margaret W Wong & Associates. Immigration Services for Corporations and Individuals. Fulfilling Dreams of Living in the United States.
Refugees admitted to Ireland and the US

Each year Gerry Quinn leads a tour of Ireland. Gerry was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in 2011 and has hosted the Quinn Irish Radio Show for about 40 years. 

He announced that his 2023 tour already sold out. That wasn’t a huge surprise because with the direct flights from Cleveland to Dublin that would increase travelers. But that’s not the reason. 

The main reason for the early sell out is that they cannot get enough hotel rooms for the tourists because so many are filled with refugees.
I found that interesting so I did some research.

According to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, by 2023 more than 2 million refugees will be in need of resettlement. The estimated figure represents a 36 percent increase compared to resettlement needs for 2022, which was 1.47 million.

In 2021 most of the refugees in Ireland came from Nigeria, Georgia and Somalia. But with the invasion of Ukraine, over 70,000 refugees from Ukraine have come to Ireland as of January 3, 2023. (CIA data). There is simply not enough housing so many have been placed in hotels. Portable housing units have been and are being built but not enough are available.

Ireland has about 4.4 million people so the number of refugees taken in is about 1.95% of their population.

To put that in perspective, the US admitted 25,465 refugees during FY2022, including: 7,810 (Democratic Republic of the Congo), 4,556 (Syria), 2,156 (Burma), 1,669 (Sudan), 1,618 (Afghanistan), 1,610 (Ukraine). The plan is to allow up to 125,000 refugees into the United States for the 2023 fiscal year,

With a population of 330 million in the US, if 125,000 refugees are admitted that comes to about 0.04% of the population.
Here is what's happening
As always there is more information and schedule changes (weather cancellations, etc.) on the Calendar of Events.
Fulbright scholars from Brazil
Now (for February10-12)
 
CCWA is looking for internationally-minded host families for Fulbright scholars from Brazil on February 10-12, 2023. CCWA will be partnering with Ohio University to host 40 Brazilian Fulbright English language instructors in Cleveland for the weekend. All Fulbright scholars speak English.

They are here in Ohio for an orientation program and will come to Cleveland to spend a fun “weekend in the city” with host families. Hosts will pick up their Fulbright scholar on Friday, February 10 at Lakewood Park’s Woman’s Club Pavilion, spend a free day exploring the city and engaging in fun cultural activities, and drop their Fulbright scholar back off at Lakewood Park on Sunday, February 12.
 
The program will begin with a welcome reception at Lakewood Park at 4:00 pm on February 10. If you are interested in hosting a Fulbright scholar, please email Senior Program Officer Andrew Kovach at akovach@ccwa.org.
Latina Image Leadership Program
Now
Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center
2800 Archwood Avenue, Cleveland
 
Latina Image Leadership is offered by Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center in collaboration with Yasin Cuevas, Program Director. The program is for young girls ages 13 to 17. Its purpose is to inspire, educate, and empower young women to achieve their full potential.

The participants are taken through an intense 6-month course which concentrates on the areas of self-esteem, personal development, confidence, diction, public speaking, organization, social behavior, cultural awareness, community service, interview skills, academic achievement, etiquette, photography, and modeling.

In addition, the girls will have many opportunities to represent the Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center by participating in cultural and community events where they are able to put into practice the skills and knowledge that they have learned and will carry with them for a lifetime.
Chinese Language Storytimer
Wednesday January 18
4 - 4:30 PM
Beachwood Branch (Storytime Room)
25501 Shaker Blvd.
 
Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes in Mandarin Chinese, and stay for playtime after! Presented in cooperation with the Chinese Academy of Cleveland. Register HERE.

谢谢 xiè xiè (Thank you in Mandarin)
JDBCAC Youth Latin Social Dance
Thursday January 19
Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center
2800 Archwood Ave. Cleveland

JDBCAC Latin Social Dance registration is OPEN for 2023! Class: Latin Social Dance - Winter/Spring 2023

Dates: Thursdays, January 19 - May 25
Times: Grupo Coquí (ages 5-11): 6-6:45 pm and Sabor Latino (ages 12-18): 7-8:00 pm

Registration Fee: $10 (*Additional fees for performance attire may apply - approx. $10-20 per performance) Registration fills up quickly, sign your child up today!
Year of the Rabbit
Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday January 21
10 - 3 PM
Asia Plaza
2999 Payne Avenue

Performances from LingYun Rising Star, Stellar Dance Academy, Kwan Lion Dance team, Shaolin Kung Fu, Cleveland Glory Waist Drum Team, Chinese Square Dancing, Great Wall Kung Fu Center, Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers, John Cosma, and more. More info.

Say “hi” at the ClevelandPeople.com table where we will have our big map of Asia.
Ohio Norsemen Meeting
Saturday January 21
2 - 4 PM
Panera/Rocky River
On Center Ridge Rd. near Westgate

Monthly meeting of the Ohio Norsemen. Ohio Norsemen was established in 1993 for people of Norwegian heritage (or simply an interest in Scandinavia). All are welcome.

Photo below Catherine Jorgensen McCutcheon toasting Leif Erikson with Aquavit
Dear Ukraine program – Films
Saturday January 21
2 PM
Lakewood Main Library Auditorium
15425 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood

Five-Star Films, Barbara Steff ek-Hill: Film—Servant of the People 2 (2016). Directed by Aleksey Kiryushchenko. Film aficionado Barbara Steff ek-Hill handpicked four films for her series featuring both classic and popular cinema made-up from the celebrated Ukrainian catalog.

This political satire is based on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s television series Servant of the People. In the film, President Vasily Goloborodko, a high school teacher, wins the Ukrainian presidency, in large part to his critical online rant about the country. Ukrainian with English subtitles.
A Journey Through Ukrainian Culture and Architecture in Cleveland
Sunday January 23
2 PM
Lakewood Main Library Auditorium
15425 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood

Dear Ukraine Program. The Greater Cleveland area is home to many Ukrainian-Americans, who first settled in the area in the mid-1880s and continue to settle here today. Along with their rich culture, Ukrainians brought magnificent, ornate architecture as seen in churches like St. Josaphat Cathedral in Parma and Pokrova Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church in Cleveland. Cleveland historian Tom Matowitz will showcase these two structures, and many others throughout the Cleveland area.
Kwan Lion Dance at Li Wah
11 AM and 7PM Jan 21, 7 PM on Jan 22
Asia Plaza
2999 Payne Avenue

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Kwan Lion Dance at Li Wah in Asia Plaza for the Year of the Rabbit. First come, first serve (Sorry, no reservations).
Lessons from South Africa
Friday January 27
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue, 2nd Floor

Lessons from South Africa: Moving Past Polarization and Intense Division in America. At a time when America is facing immense polarization, there are lessons to be learned from other nations that have faced similar challenges.

From South Africa to Northern Ireland, other societies have struggled with intense divisions that nearly tore them apart. What solutions worked for countries like South Africa that Americans can consider to reconcile our own divisions? And what does truth and reconciliation look like here in our own country with its own history of colonization and slavery?

Roelf Meyer is known for his role as the South African government's chief representative in the 1993 negotiations to end apartheid and establish a democratic country. He served in the cabinet of former President Nelson Mandela, and later became secretary-general of the National Party. In 1997 he co-founded the United Democratic Movement. Meyer consulted on international peace processes in Kosovo, Myanmar, Northern Ireland, and Rwanda, among others.

Mohammed Bhabha is a former Member of Parliament, qualified attorney, and experienced negotiator. He was part of the African National Congress (ANC) team at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA), and later as part of the agreements on the final South African Constitution. Mohammed has worked on transitional and constitutional support projects in Kenya, South Sudan, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Palestine, Bahrain, and Zimbabwe.
Scottish American Society Burns Dinner
Friday January 27
5:30 PM
SYB Party Center
4157 Hudson Drive, Stow
Music in the Time of Goya
Friday January 27
7 - 9 PM
Praxis Fiber Workshop
15301 Waterloo Rd. Cleveland

CityMusic Cleveland presents Music in the Time of Goya. Free! Soprano Andrea Walker joins the Baroque ensemble for Spanish-influenced works ranging from lyric-dramatic zarzuela excerpts to a charming Soler harpsichord quintet.
Cleveland Saxon 50th Anniversary
Saturday January 28
5 PM
Sachsenheim Hall
7001 Denison, Cleveland

The Cleveland Saxon Dance Group was organized to support the cultural traditions of Transylvania.
Filipino comedian coming to Cleveland

Filipino comedian JR De Guzman is known for being featured on Netflix and Comedy Central. He was the winner of NBC's Stand Up. He is coming to the Agora Theater in Cleveland (5000 Euclid Ave.) on Saturday January 28.

The winners of a pair of tickets to the show have been drawn and they will be notified via e-mail in the next few days. Thanks to all who entered.
Pundemics - Lunar New Year Edition
What did Dorothy say on Lunar New Year?
Lanterns & Red Envelopes & Dumplings, oh my!

When it comes to envelopes, Red is the new Black.

Let’s celebrate Chinese New Year by comparing our adult children’s careers, income levels and marital statuses.

I’m opting for Chinese New Year resolutions, since my American New Year resolutions were an epic fail.

I don't like these Chinese New Year celebrations.
They tend to Drag-on.

Why couldn’t the apple wish the orange a happy new year?
She couldn't speak Mandarin!

Ba da dum 
Postscript: “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” —Chinese Proverb
I hope to see you Saturday at Asia Plaza.
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