Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
The Chinese Culture Festival opens Saturday, Sept. 22with Chinese Health Day at the DeMeester Performance Center in Tucson's Reid Park from 8 a.m. to noon. The free event is co-hosted by the University of Arizona's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention & Health Promotion.
The health expo will feature performances by martial arts and tai chi masters Junmin Zhao and Junjie Feng from Shaolin, China, who performed at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games opening ceremony. Visitors will also learn about traditional Chinese medicine and how to cook healthy Chinese cuisine. Complimentary tickets to the Reid Park Zoo will also be available.
Students from the Zuckerman College of Public Health will serve as Public Health Ambassadors and provide health screenings to visitors. Free copies of the Healthy Chinese Cookbook with recipes by Tucson's Chinese community will be available (while supplies last).
Chinese Health Day is part of the week-long Chinese Culture Festival September 22-30 in Tucson. Hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona (CIUA), the festival will showcase Chinese wellness, poetry, film and music, with experts from China and the United States.
"lt is well known that people around the world are interested in the long history, extraordinary culture and recent economic advancement in China. More than 40 million people outside of China currently study Chinese," said Dr. Zhao Chen, professor of epidemiology at the Zuckerman College of Public Health and co-director of the CIUA. "The rise of Chinese language instruction in American schools has been a phenomenon even in places that don’t have a significant Chinese population."
For more information about Chinese Health Day and the full schedule of events during the Chinese Culture Festival, please visit the Confucius Institute website at: confucius.arizona.edu