Young Chinese Performers To Visit Orange County
(SANTA ANA) Twenty-four young performers, The Cathay
Future Children Art Troupe from Tianjin, China, will arrive January
30 in Orange County as guests of the County of Oranges Office
of Protocol. The January 30 February 2 visit, which is hoped
will begin a cultural exchange between the city and County, was initiated
when William G. Steiner, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, led a
County delegation to Tianjin to establish a Sister City/County relationship.
Since the Sister City agreements were signed last July, Orange County
has become a primary destination for arriving business delegations from
"Tianjin is an important port city of more than 9.4
million residents located near Beijing," said Steiner. "We
have hosted delegations from China on a regular basis and have encouraged
the entrepreneurial spirit of the Chinese people who are experiencing
phenomenal economic growth. There is much we can learn from one another."
The troupe of musicians and dancers, ages 6 to 13, will
be featured in the opening ceremonies January 31 of the third annual
Asian Festival of Southern California. The group will perform colorful
folk dances and ballet in addition to playing traditional Chinese musical
instruments. The children go on stage at 11:15 a.m. at Westminster Mall
on the main stage at the lower JC Penney Court. The mall is located
at Golden West and Bolsa Avenues in Westminster.
While in the county, the children and their 12 chaperones
will be honored at a January 30 reception at the Countys Old Court
House hosted by the Protocol Foundation, a non-profit organization which
supports the Office of Protocol. During their stay, the guests will
also see an IMAX movie, perform at the American/Chinese Chamber of Commerce
New Years event on January 31 and spend their last full day in
the Orange County at Disneyland.
The delegation will be housed in the homes of Protocol Foundation
members during their stay, said Jean Whitney, Foundation member and
Chair of the Protocol Commission.
"The Office of Protocol and I are delighted about the
childrens visit and the beginning of a cultural exchange,"
said Joanne Sokolski, Chief of Protocol. "This office will be anxious
to begin scheduling auditions for young OC performers when we start
planning our return visit to Tianjin." No dates have yet been set
for that trip.
(Attached is the itinerary for the childrens activities
while in Orange County. The media is invited to all events.)
Cathay Future Children Art Troupe
10 a.m. Arrive LAX China Eastern, #MU583
11 a.m. 2 p.m. Depart LAX, Queen Mary, coastal drive
2:30 - 4 p.m. Reception Old County Court House
Santa Ana Blvd. at Broadway, Santa Ana
Host Protocol Foundation
5 p.m. Children meet host families.
Protocol Commission Chair Jean Whitney's home,
Coto de Caza
(Call 834-6203 if planning to cover this event.)
7 p.m. Children depart with families.
11:15 a.m. Performance Asian Festival of Southern
Westminster Mall, main stage - lower JC Penney Court.
Golden West at Bolsa Avenue, Westminster.
12:30-2 p.m. Private reception for performers & dignitaries (Media
host Westminster Mall
location Second floor, storefront 2038, Westminster Mall
3:30 p.m. IMAX theater Irvine Spectrum
Host - Edwards Theaters
Alton Parkway at Irvine Center Drive, Irvine
9 p.m. Performance Chinese New Year Dinner
American/Chinese Chamber of Commerce
Location Lucky House Restaurant
Warner at Bristol, Santa Ana
11 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Disneyland Official welcome
and photo with Mickey.
Host - Disney
6 p.m. Farewell dinner Princess Garden Restaurant
11828 E. South Street, Cerritos
Host - Supervisor William G. Steiner
9:29 a.m. Depart LAX American Airlines, #038