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Saga Conroy, Community Outreach Director, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Mari Barke, Orange County Board of Education, guest, Dongping Huang, President, American Southern California Economic and Cultural Association, and Donald P. Wagner, Chairman, Orange County Board of Supervisors, and Jing Sun, Commissioner, City of Irvine


Irvine, California, USA. 28th January, 2023. The American Southern California Economic and Cultural Association and Irvine Dragon Soccer Club hosted the 2023 Chinese American Spring Festival Gala at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine, California. The gala was a celebration of the Lunar New Year, and welcomed in the Year of the Rabbit. Featuring a delightful fusion of East and West, the event attracted over 1,200 people from the local community who came together to enjoy the vibrant display of both traditional and contemporary performances.


Jing Sun, Commissioner, City of Irvine, and Dongping Huang, President, American Southern California Economic and Cultural Association


The organizers of the event were Dongping Huang, President, American Southern California Economic and Cultural Association and Jing Sun, Commissioner, City of Irvine. The attendees included Qi Wang and Consul Mingshuan An of the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles, Donald Wagner, Donald P. Wagner, Chairman, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Mayor Farrah Kahn, City of Irvine, and representatives for Congressman Katie Porter, California State Senator Dave Min, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, Deputy Mayor Tammy Kim, City of Irvine, Councilman Scott Voigts, Mari Barke, Orange County Board of Education, and many others.



Certificates of recognition were give to those who helped organize the event by Donald P. Wagner, Chairman, Orange County Board of Supervisors. LABA International Art Festival founder Joey Zhou gave certificate to the lead organizer, Dongping Huang, President, American Southern California Economic and Cultural Association.


Mayor Farrah Khan, City of Irvine (Center) and Jing Sun, Commissioner, City of Irvine (R)


Councilman Scott Voigts, City of Lake Forest (R) with a guest


Joey Zhou, founder of the LABA International Art Festival


There were many co-organizers, associations, companies, and chambers of commerce who supported the event including the: LABA International Art Festival Committee, Orange County Chinese Chamber of Commerce, American Mutual Wealth Group, Peking University Southern California Alumni Association, American Chinese Development Mutual Aid Association, Yimeihui/Beyond Beaute' Medical Aesthetics and Wellness, Irvine Chinese Art Troupe/GCW, Lydia Express LLC, lvyMax Feida Education, Maison Sun Gallery, M3/JMK Modeling Media Academy.


Dongping Huang, the lead organizer and President of the American Southern California Economic and Cultural Association, speaks to the media


At the press conference before the performance, Dongping Huang, the lead organizer and President of the American Southern California Economic and Cultural Association, talked about the significance of the Chinese New Year and this year's theme of "Hometown Love." Every year, the Chinese community celebrates and welcomes the new year with a new spiritual outlook. The goal of year's Spring Festival Gala is to bring the beauty of traditional art, music, and culture together for those who have nostalgia from living overseas, and provide visual artistry for those of all ages to enjoy.


Jing Sun, Commissioner, City of Irvine, the other lead organizer speaks to the media


The other lead organizer, Jing Sun, Commissioner, City of Irvine, talked about how the past three years has been a challenging experience, with many people impacted by the coronavirus to varying degrees, and this year the devastating shooting incident in Monterey Park. He said that it makes us realize that we need to work together to better unite the Chinese American community. This year's Spring Festival Gala allows us to enjoy the beauty of the Chinese New Year, and highlights the elegance of Chinese culture for all to enjoy.


Donald P. Wagner, Chairman, Orange County Board of Supervisors


Donald P. Wagner, Chairman, Orange County Board of Supervisors, delivered certificates of recognition from the County of Orange County, and thanked everyone for all their efforts. He wished everyone a wonderful Chinese New Year and Year of the Rabbit.


Joey Zhou, founder of the LABA International Art Festival with Dongping Huang, the lead organizer and President of the American Southern California Economic and Cultural Association, joins with LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang attending by video conference. Zhou is also holding a copy of "See Beyond" magazine featuring Jiannan Huang on the cover of the current edition.


LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang attended the event by video conference with Joey Zhou introducing him to Dongping Huang and some of the organizers. Jiannan Huang is one of the world's finest artists, specializing in Western oil painting and Chinese ink. He is ranked third on the 2020 Hurun China Art List and 19th on the Hurun Global List with sales of $29 million. Jiannan holds several positions - Director of the Chinese Traditional Culture Promotion Association, member of the French National Artists Committee, art consultant for the World Low Carbon Cities Alliance, and France Jiny City Gold Medal Honorary Citizen. He was awarded the title of "Earl" by the Indonesian Royal Family and in 2021, he was given an honorary membership into the Royal Society of St. George (RSSG), California Branch. In 2022, he received the RSSG "Master of Arts" Award and the LABA Most Influential and Most Valuable Artist Award.



With the fusion of East and West and integration of classical and the modern, the show was well-received by those from all walks of life. The incredible performances by award-winning artists, dancers, singers, and musicians, brought a warm and enthusiastic applause from the audience who showed their sincere appreciation for this show. It was the hard work by so many - the organizers, performers, and volunteers, that made the evening such an inspiring, touching, and unforgettable event.










The Lunar New Year signals the beginning of spring and is the most celebrated holiday in many Asian cultures. The start of the new year is a joyous celebration filled with traditions, festivity, and wishes for health, luck and prosperity. The sign of the Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture, and 2023 is expected to be a year of hope and success.


The organizers of the event wished everyone happiness, health, love, and peace!







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Homeira Goldstein with her new book "Create" - Art, Food, Life


Beverly Hills, California, USA. 26th January, 2023. Homeira Goldstein, a multi-talented visionary, philanthropist, and avid supporter of the arts, released her new book "Create" - Art, Food, Life, at the Kazanjian Gem Gallery in Beverly Hills, California. The book is an artful reflection of her lifelong pursuit of creativity with inspiring stories about her background, and her love of art, food, and life. The event was hosted Kazanjian and Gail Bershon with hors d'oeuvres donated by Avra Beverly Hills and The Grill restaurant in Beverly Hills.


TV host Joey Zhou gets a book signed by Homeira Goldstein


Homeira Goldstein and TV host Joey Zhou


A descendent of the Qajar Royal Family in Middle East, Homeira Goldstein is a contemporary art collector, artist in vision and nature, and a multi-talented force dedicated to the arts. She has an unrivaled reputation for promoting art and culture in South Bay and the Greater Los Angeles areas, and has been instrumental in creating opportunities for artists using her expertise in business, education, and the international art world. She is Chairman of the Board for the Manhattan Beach Art Center and TIME4ART, an educational art foundation, and has served on the boards of many of the most prestigious arts and cultural organizations.  


Gail Bershon, one of the hosts of the event, gives an introduction on Homeira Goldstein


Homeira Goldstein gives a presentation about her book to the guests


Homeira Goldstein talks about the importance of creativity and her inspirations for writing the book


Homeira has viewed our society as transitioning from the information age into the imagination age. She feels that developing and exercising creative thinking is imperative to each individual as we seek inventive responses and solutions to the challenges we face in today's social and economic environment. A graduate of USC with a Master's degree in Accounting and Business, Homeira brings a strong business background to arts world and has been honored with awards for her accomplishments and dynamic leadership.


Homeira Goldstein (center) with guests and TV host Joey Zhou (R)



TV host Joey Zhou with LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang attending by video conference, and holding a copy of "See Beyond "magazine with Jiannan Huang featured on the front cover of the current January/February 2023 edition


LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang attended the event by video conference with TV host Joey Zhou giving him a tour of the gallery and book signing. Jiannan Huang is one of the world's finest artists, specializing in Western oil painting and Chinese ink. He is ranked third on the 2020 Hurun China Art List and 19th on the Hurun Global List with sales of $29 million. Jiannan holds several positions - Director of the Chinese Traditional Culture Promotion Association, member of the French National Artists Committee, art consultant for the World Low Carbon Cities Alliance, and France Jiny City Gold Medal Honorary Citizen. He was awarded the title of "Earl" by the Indonesian Royal Family and in 2021, he was given an honorary membership into the Royal Society of St. George (RSSG), California Branch. In 2022, he received the RSSG "Master of Arts" Award and the LABA Most Influential and Most Valuable Artist Award.


LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang at his art studio in Beijing, China


Kazanjian was founded in 1913 by the Kazanjian brothers, Harry and James. Harry, a Parisian trained lapidarist and James, an enthusiastic salesman, established a reputation for their knowledge and excellence of their stones and the superb quality of their cutting. Over the decades, the Kazanjian family and their team have defined a distinctive style of high-end craftsmanship and exquisite jewelry designs made of rare color combinations, exotic designs, and exceptional boutique items.


Douglas Kazanjian, President of Kazanjian, with TV host Joey Zhou


Guests enjoy the Kazanjian Gem Gallery and admire the jewelry pieces on display


Colorful and savory hors d'oeuvres were served


TV host Joey Zhou and Allen Roth of Sotheby's International Realty in Beverly Hills


TV host Joey Zhou







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San Francisco, California, USA. 25th January, 2023. The China Institute and TV personality Yue-Sai Kan will be celebrating "Outstanding Chinese American Women Who Have Dared to Change Our Community and Future" at a charity event to be held at the H. L. Peninsula Restaurant in San Francisco, California on Thursday, January 26th, 2023. The women that will be honored include:


  • Joan Chen, Actress and Film Director

  • Sarah Guo, Founder, Conviction

  • Phoebe Chen Huang, Chair of Roundtable of Southern California Chinese American Organizations

  • Stella Li, President, BYD Americas

  • Gorretti Lo Lui, Philanthropist Extraordinaire

  • Chrissy Luo, Founder of the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute

  • Maggie Q, Actress, Activist, and Model

  • Sally Shi, Co-Founder, ScalableVision Capital

  • Lillian K. Sing, Judge

  • Yuanyuan Tan, Principal Dancer, San Francisco Ballet

  • Margaret Wong, President and CEO, McWong International Inc

  • Bing Wu, Producer and Founder, DMG Entertainment


The event will also celebrate the China Institute's 100th Anniversary and welcome the Chinese New Year 2023, the Year of the Rabbit. The proceeds will benefit the first Chinese Culinary Center in America. It will be an elegant black-tie event that will feature a gourmet dinner curated by Chinese food icon, Martin Yan, with a special performance by Jiebing Chen and the Brothers Comatose.


The Gala Chairman is Yue-Sai Kan, an Emmy-winning television host and producer, successful entrepreneur, fashion icon, bestselling author and humanitarian. People magazine called her "the most famous woman in China" and Time magazine proclaimed her "the Queen of the Middle Kingdom." The China Institute is nonprofit educational and cultural institution based in New York City, New York, that teaches about Chinese culture and history through talks, business initiatives, language immersion programs, and gallery exhibits.


Individual tickets are $1,888.00 with tables of ten available at $15,000, $20,000, and $30,000.


Time: 5:30pm

Dress Code: Black Tie

Location: H. L. Peninsula Restaurant

608 Dubuque Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080


Tickets are available on Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/outstanding-chinese-american-women-who-dared-tickets-441948679397?aff=ebdsoporgprofile


You may also purchase tickets by contacting Lorna Lim at (212) 744-8181, ext. 158, or by email at LLim@chinainstitute.org














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