Thursday, March 8, 2018

Coming Up Next: Michelle Chan of Oakland's Dragon School, the Street Mural Art Scene, the All-Chinese Weekly Trivia Contest and More!

Congratulations! Welcome back! You made it through Chinese New Year! 

I hope that your travels were safe and worry-free, and that your celebrations were filled with heartfelt family reunions and a galaxy of smiles. 

I also send my congratulations to the listeners of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim in the 1490 WGCH Greenwich, Connecticut local listening area. The area has been hit by severe late-winter storms dominated by high winds, snow, sleet, rain, falling trees and power losses. 

Despite it all the staff of WGCH kept the station open and on-the-air. Thank you!

Rest assured, our celebration of Chinese culture never stops here. After all -as we consistently assert- everything Chinese is all the rage these days. So true!

I just returned from a trip to San Francisco where I -along with hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors from around the world- celebrated the Spring Festival, the largest such celebrations outside of Asia. 

The four-hour-long Chinese New Year parade was the highlight of my time there. It was simply magnificent and off-the-charts. 

I want to send a sincerest aloha and xiexie to Ken Ho and his staff at the Grant Plaza Hotel, The Posh Bagel, Cool1 Tea (the mango tea was fabulous), Utopia Cafe and Katsu House.

On Conversations this coming Saturday I am welcoming Michelle Chan of Dragon School in Oakland, California’s Chinatown. When I visited San Francisco’s Chinatown I was, quite frankly, drawn and dazzled by the street murals along the district’s streets and alleyways. The colors and figures are bold, colorful and expressive, inspired by centuries of Chinese traditions -old and yet made new again. I was bound and determined to find out who was behind all this -which is how I encountered Dragon School.

Profiled on NBC News, the San Jose Mercury News, the East Bay Express and other media sources, Chinatown communities are being reborn through collaboratively created art by young people. 

You can sample Dragon School’s art online, join the fun and contribute to its on-going mission on the web at

But there’s more! Your horizons will be widened on the Confucius Moment, Treasures of China, Chinese Fun Facts and more. The Weekly Almanac of all-things culturally Chinese to see and do will be back. 

Get ready for the All-Things Chinese Weekly Trivia Contest! I’m giving away a free copy of The Beautiful Country and Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present by John Pomfret. He was a featured guest on Show #105 on February 3, 2018. Go here and listen to the show

The first listener to answer the question correctly by email at will receive Pomfret’s book. Be sure to include your full name and address. 

Tune in each Saturday morning 10:30 a.m Eastern USA Time/ 11:30 p.m. Beijing Time for more of our half-hour weekly ongoing celebration of all-things Chinese. Go to 1490 WGCH or anywhere, anytime on, Greenwich, Connecticut USA. 

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When you visit San Francisco be sure to make the Grant Plaza Hotel your choice for quality accommodations. This impressive boutique hotel is has all the advantages: great location, easy access to ground transportation, clean, safe and easy on your budget. Staff are cheerful. professional and helpful. The Grant Plaza is one block up from Dragon's Gate and within walking distance of Union Square and Market Street, even Nob Hill. Restaurants and theaters are nearby. Located at 465 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California 94108-3208.  

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