May 25 Newsletter

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What is the Dragon Boat Festival?

China's next big celebration is the Dragon Boat Festival (端午节 duānwǔ Jié), which is observed every year on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. This year the celebration falls on Sunday, May 28 with the holiday running through Tuesday, May 30. While this festival has been noted for over 2500 years, it was only in 2008 that it was added as a national public holiday.

Many stories abound as to the origin of the Dragon Boat Festival. The most popular one is of a loyal poet, Qu Yuan.

Qu Yuan served in the court of Emperor Huai during the Warring States (475 - 221 BC). He was a wise and erudite man. His ability and fight against corruption antagonized other court officials. They exerted their evil influence on the Emperor, so the Emperor gradually dismissed Qu Yuan and eventually exiled him. During his exile, Qu Yuan did not give up. He traveled extensively, taught and wrote about his ideas. His works, the Lament (Li Sao), the Nine Chapters (Jiu Zhang), and Wen tian, are masterpieces and invaluable for studying ancient Chinese culture. He saw the gradual decline of his mother country, the Chu State. And when he heard that the Chu State was defeated by the strong Qin State, he was so despaired that he ended his life by flinging himself into the Miluo River.

Legend says after people heard he drowned, they were greatly dismayed. Fishermen raced to the spot in their boats to search for his body. Unable to find his body, people threw zongzi, eggs and other food into the river to feed fish, so hoped to salvage his body. Since then, people started to commemorate Qu Yuan through dragon boat races, eating zongzi and other activities, on the anniversary of his death, the 5th of the fifth month.
Quoted from About.com (http://chineseculture.about.com/library/weekly/aa052998.htm)

Thus the most common customs to celebrate the festival are dragon boat racing, eating zongzi, and drinking realgar wine (xionghuangjiu).

Races consist of long colorful boats decked out with a dragon’s head and tail with competitors racing forward to the beat of a pounding drum. Dragon boat racing is now a competitive international sport.

Zongzi are delicious sticky rice bundles filled with various fillings and wrapped in a green leaf. They are steamed and can be made with savory meats like pork or duck eggs, or as a sweet treat with red bean paste.

Learn more:

Has the Dragon Boat Festival lost its meaning?

The Dragon Boat Festival Is an Excuse to Feast on Glutinous Rice Dumplings

 

 

Community Center Shanghai
Bazaars a Success

Community Center Shanghai thanks all attendees, vendors, and participating sponsors for making this year’s 3-bazaars-in-a-week a success! We look forward to seeing everyone at future Community Center Shanghai events.

Hongqiao Bazaar
Special thanks to Crown Relocations,
Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat,
PR Home, and WeekWine

Pudong Bazaar
Special thanks to Ambassy Club
and Asian Tigers

Minhang Bazaar
Special thanks to Shanghai
Racquet Club & Apartments
and Crown Relocations


We’re Closed for the
Dragon Boat Holiday

A kind reminder that all three Community Center Shanghai locations will be closed next Monday and Tuesday, May 29 and 30, for the Dragon Boat Festival Holiday. Normal business hours will resume next Wednesday. Enjoy the extra long weekend!

 







Highlight classes:
CCS Pudong

 

Making Xiaolongbao – Colored Wrappers

Learn how to make these delicious, bursting with flavor dumplings. This session teaches how to make the wrapper in different colors naturally with a variety of fillings.

Date: Friday, Jun 9
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Fee: 300 RMB

Facility Rental
Did you know that Pudong Center’s kitchen is available for rent on an hourly basis? Contact pudongclass@communitycenter.cn for details.

Register here.

 

Find Everything on Taobao: Taobao for Expats

The literal meaning of “Taobao” in Chinese is “Digging for Treasure.” This class teaches students how to translate Taobao to English, sign up for an account, search and pay for items, negotiate for services, and make returns using the world’s largest online retailer.

Date: Wednesday, May 31
Time: 9:30 am - 12 pm
Fee: 300 RMB

Register here.

 

05/31   Advance Leather Craft - Tote Bag with Bag Tassel
06/07   Seal Cutting Series 4(纂刻第4季)
06/07   New! Hand-pulled Noodles+Sliced Noodles拉面+刀削面

 
 
CCS Hongqiao

 

NEW! Love Relationship Workshop

Explore what love is for you, what you want from it and what keeps you from receiving it. The workshop includes practical exercises to discover in what love situation we are in (and we will connect this situation with our own experience) to understand ourselves better.

Date: Monday, Jun 5
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Fee: 150 RMB

Register here.

 

NEW! Full and Half-day Summer Camps for 5 - 8 and 9 - 12 year olds

Your kids will have an active and creative camp this summer! Morning activities will keep your child physically active and afternoon activities will unleash your child’s creative mind. You can choose from half or full day camp to suit your needs for 2 different age groups – 5-8 years old and 9-12 years old. Click on the link for more information!

Camp Schedule:
Session 1: Jun 26 - 30
Session 2: Jul 3 – 7
Session 3: Jul 10 - 14
Session 4: Jul 17 – 21
Session 5: Jul 24 – 28

Early Bird pricing only through May 31!
Full-day: 3000 RMB/child
Half-day: 1800 RMB/child

Group Discount (2 or more children):
Full-day: 200 RMB off/child
Half-day: 100 RMB off/child

Register here.

 

Leather Craft Workshops

Be your own leather craftsman! Learn different types of leather and make a leather pouch in the ABCs to Leather Craft workshop. Challenge yourself to make a tote bag in the advance workshop.

 

ABCs Leather Craft Workshop

Date: Thursday, Jun 8
Time: 9:30 am – 12 pm
Fee: 280 – 400 RMB
(Depending on project)
Register here.

 

Advance Leather Craft Workshop

Date: Thursday, Jun 8
Time: 12 – 2:30 pm
Fees: 500 - 650 RMB
(Depending on project)
Register here.

 

Other Upcoming Classes

Languages
Hobby, Crafts and Culture
Family and Health
Cooking Adventures
Fitness and Dance
Kids' Classes

* Register at least 5 days before any class and tours.
* A minimum of 5 persons is required to proceed with a tour.
* A private tour of 5 persons or more can be arranged.
* A private or separate program can be arranged for a group of 3 persons or more.
* Please call Hongqiao Center at 6406-4276 or email: puxi_classes@communitycenter.cn to register or find out more information.

 
 
CCS Minhang

 

Make Your Own Seal

Learn how to make a personal seal with your family name in Chinese characters or English letters. Personally authenticate documents, paintings, and greeting cards with this interesting aspect of Chinese culture.

Dates: Jun 8 - 22, Thu
Time: 1 – 3 pm
Fee: 950 RMB
Register here.

 

Digital Photography Class

Unleash your photographic creativity! Even a beginner photographer can learn to control movement, decide what want to focus, and take sharp pictures in low light and at night. Never use automatic mode again. Understand guidelines for good composition and creating pleasing pictures.

Dates: Jun 6 – 20, Tue
Time: 11 am – 1 pm
Fee: 1000 RMB
Register here.

 

Lightroom - Beginner Class

This is an introduction to the Adobe Lightroom editing software with emphasis on importing, exporting, post-processing, creating an individual workflow and creative consistency. It would be advantageous to take the Digital Photography Class before or concurrently with this class.

Date: Jun 6 – 20, Tue
Time: 1 -3 pm
Fee: 1000 RMB
Register here.

 

06/07   Chinese Cooking - Making Dumplings (Basic level)





Our Bulletin:

 

Parent Organization Mixer for Pudong International Schools

On May 22, Community Center Shanghai (CCS) organized a Parent Organization Mixer in Pudong, Jinqiao. This event is held twice a year with the purpose of bringing together parent leaders (presidents and leaders of PTA, PTSO, PAFA etc.) of international schools to discuss topics that concern the community. CCS values the efforts parent leaders dedicated to the development of their schools, and understands the time commitment of these roles. Through the Parent Organization Mixers, Community Center Shanghai offers attendees valuable insights brought by our certified counselors and other professionals that can further develop the mixer attendees’ roles in their school community.

This week’s topic of discussion was of the Chinese non-expatriate parent population in an international school environment. CCS and schools have noticed an increase in local Chinese parents sending their children to international schools. This has impacted communication, social circles, expectations, and education within many schools’ communities. Expatriates can play an influential role in bringing these communities closer together. In the event’s workshop, we examined differences, needs, and tools for change with insights from CCS counselor Evonne Wee. During the mixer, attendees discussed their experiences and how the changing demographics impacted and affected and impacted their own schools.

This week’s topic of discussion was of the Chinese non-expatriate parent population in an international school environment. CCS and schools have noticed an increase in local Chinese parents sending their children to international schools. This has impacted communication, social circles, expectations, and education within many schools’ communities. Expatriates can play an influential role in bringing these communities closer together. In the event’s workshop, we examined differences, needs, and tools for change with insights from CCS counselor Evonne Wee. During the mixer, attendees discussed their experiences and how the changing demographics impacted and affected and impacted their own schools.

Thank you to Epermarket, which provided snacks and refreshments.

   



 


Contact Us:


CCS PUDONG



Tower A, 3rd Floor



Lane 1146, Biyun Road



Jinqiao, Pudong



Tel: 021-3382-1770
 


CCS HONGQIAO



No.201 Chengjiaoqiao Zhi Rd



Rm. F07, near Hongmei Road



Hongqiao, Shanghai



Tel: 021-6406-4276
 


CCS MINHANG



No. 360, 2F, Xing Le Road



Hua Cao Town



Minhang, Shanghai



Tel: 021-6406-3866