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Concert: Evening in Wartime Shanghai – Monday, October 20, 7pm Jewish Community Center

Dear All:
Please join us for this very special event.
On the eve of World War II, over 18,000 Jewish refugees escaped the holocaust in Europe to find refuge in Shanghai. At that time, almost all other countries closed their doors to the Jewish refugees. Shanghai generously gave them refuge.
In 2007, the Hongkou District Government of Shanghai decided to commemorate this unique phase of history shared by the people of Shanghai and the Jewish refugees by opening the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum. A traveling exhibit from that museum will be on display at Union Station on Friday Oct. 17 and then at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park for the next three weeks.
Although there was much suffering in Shanghai during those wartime years by both Chinese residents and international refugees from all over the world, Shanghai in the 1930s and early 40s was also a time of great artistic expression. The musical scene was rich and varied. Jazz and western classical music grew in popularity, while Chinese traditional music took on new forms and audiences. The Jewish refugees also added Klezmer and Jewish folk music to the mix.
On Monday, October 20, we will honor the indomitable spirit of the musicians and artists of wartime Shanghai.
Please join us to commemorate this little known chapter in the history of modern China and of the Jewish diaspora.
Come and hear some Chinese music of the 1930s (Tianya genu!), Prokofiev, Klezmer, Jazz, and Yiddish folk music, as well as poetry and stories of wartime Shanghai.
Celebrate the international spirit of friendship that was formed through shared hardship and artistic expression during those years.
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
7pm reception and viewing of panels from the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum
7:30 Concert begins
Jewish Community Center
5801 West 115th St.
Overland Park, KS
This event is free and open to the public.
Please let us know you are coming so that we can have an accurate headcount for the reception dimsum.
Call 913-327-8007 or email for reservations.
Walk-ins will also be welcomed on a space-available basis.
Information at
If you cannot make it to the concert and still want to see the panels from the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum, please join us at a
reception and viewing of display from the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum:
Jarvis Hunt
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2014 KCCAA Passport / Visa Event


为落实以人为本理念,服务广大侨胞,芝加哥总领馆与堪萨斯城中美联合会将于1025日为在领馆范围内中国公民办理护照、旅行证、健在证明和香港特区护照申请,以及赴华签证 (KCCAA代办)。具体安排和有关要求如下:   


时间:1025 (周六上午09:00 –下午17:00

地点:   Indian Creek Church, Room 011

12480 S Black Bob Rd, Olathe, KS 66062

协办方:堪城中美联合会 KCCAA),WWW.KCCAA.ORG




二、 文件及收费要求




护照、旅行证$30 (KCCAA 会员和非会员), 需现金支付。

签证:   $20 (KCCAA 会员),$30 (非会员), 需现金支付。


Event: : 2014 KCCAA Passport/Visa Event

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm on Saturday October 25th, 2014

Location: Indian Creek Church, Room 011

                 12480 S Black Bob Rd, Olathe, KS 66062


Please email for an appointment. Please indicate the visa/passport categories and the number of the applications in your email.

The assigned time will be emailed to the applicants a week before the event date. Please come at your assigned time.


Passport and Travel Documents$30 member and non-member, cash only.

Visa:   $20 member and $30 non-member, cash only.

For required and support documents, please visit

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Beijing Normal University Art Troupe Performance Sept. 26 7pm at Blue Valley Northwest High School ( FREE to the public)

This event is sponsored by the Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas, in celebration of the worldwide 10th Anniversary of the Confucius Institutes. This performance is free to the public. 

Date/Time: 7:00pm Friday, September 26

Location: Blue Valley Northwest High School Performing Arts Center, 13260 Switzer, Overland Park, KS 

For more information on the KU Confucius Institute, see


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“Chinese Language Day” Photography Contest 2014

In 2014, Confucius Institutes worldwide will celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Confucius Institute program. The Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas is celebrating with several events, including a photography contest. The goal of the contest is to celebrate the different interactions and conversations that our local community has had with China. Entries for the 2014 Chinese Language Day contest will be accepted until September 22nd at the Confucius Institute of KU and can be submitted in one of two divisions: K-12 student or Adult. Photographs must be taken in China and submitted as film or digital prints (8×10).


On September 27th, 2014, selected photos, including contest winners and honorable mentions, will be exhibited at Confucius Institute of KU celebration events for the Confucius Institute 10th Anniversary.


See the attached forms for the complete rules of the contest and for information about submitting entries.




Kevin Liu

Associate Director

KU Confucius Institute




"Chinese Language Day" Photography Contest 2014



Please refer to the official contest rules to verify qualifications for entry.




K-12 Student Adult





(Last/Family Name) (First/Given Name) (Middle Name/Initial)


(House or Building Number/Street, etc.) (Apartment or Box Number)

(City/State or Province/Country/Postal Code, etc.)






(Label the back of the photograph with your name, year and the title of the photograph.)

Photo Title:

Location Photographed:




(Label the back of the photograph with your name, year and the title of the photograph.)

Photo Title:

Location Photographed:




(Label the back of the photograph with your name, year and the title of the photograph.)

Photo Title:

Location Photographed:

(Please copy/print Entry Form for additional prints—up to six accepted)




Are you a judge for this contest, directly involved in the planning of this contest, or otherwise ineligible to receive place prizes other than "Honorable Mention" as specified in the official contest rules? YES NO

I acknowledge that my entry/entries in this contest are in compliance with the specification contained in the "Official Contest Rules." By virtue of my participation in this contest, I furthermore affirm that I convey royalty-free use of my entry/entries to the Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas in accordance with the guidelines noted in the "Official Contest Rules."


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16th Edgar Snow Symposium Oct 16-18 2014


16th Edgar Snow Symposium

October 16-18, 2014

Edgar Snow’s Kansas City: Where the Arts and Entrepreneurship Intersect


In China, Kansas City is well-known as Edgar Snow’s birthplace. In 1936 his book Red Star Over China introduced Americans to the Red Army, fighting from caves in Yan’an county. Mary Clark and E. Grey Dimond founded Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation in 1974. Edgar Snow Symposia started in 1982, alternating biennially between Kansas City and Beijing, where they are organized by our partners, China Society for Peoples Friendship Studies.

The theme of our 16th Edgar Snow Symposium is "Edgar Snow’s Kansas City: Where the Arts and Entrepreneurship Intersect". We will be hosting 30+ dignitaries from China, Mayor Sly James will be signing a new Sister Cities partnership with the Mayor of Yan’an. The Gala Banquet at the Intercontinental Hotel October 16 features Jane Chu. President of the National Endowment for the Arts.

We are bringing together government officials, businessmen, and artists from China and Kansas City— with a common interest in art and, craftsmanship– to assess Kansas City’s cutting-edge approach to the arts, education, and entrepreneurship

Wednesday, October 15

5:00-8:00pm – Private reception for delegates and invited guests in rooftop bar Intercontinental Hotel


Thursday, October 16

9:30-11:15am – Opening Session at Intercontinental Hotel Conference Room

Theme: Edgar Snow, Kansas City, Entrepreneurship & the Arts

Presiding: John Phillips, UMKC Curator

Welcome by UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton

Greetings from PRC Consul General, Chicago Zhao Weiping

Robert Gamer, President of the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation: Kansas City as hub of Railroads, Panama Canal, Jazz, Entrepreneurship, Education, the Arts Edgar Snow as a business manager; Snow and the Blue Bell Jazz Band; Working on Katy Line and riding the rails with Charlie White; Snow, Kermit Roosevelt, and the Panama Canal; Snow, education, and the arts.

China Society for Peoples Friendship Studies delegate: Edgar and Helen Snow's early years in China (journalism, friendships with writer, poets, artists, public theater at Yan'an)

11:45-1:45pm Lunch @ Rotary 13, The Gallery in Power and Light District

2:00-3:00pm Welcome reception for Chinese delegation in City Hall hosted by Kansas City Sister Cities Association

3:00-4:00pm Visit to City Council Chamber, 26th floor

Welcome by Mayor Sly James

Resolution by City Council

Tour of City Hall

4:00-6:00pm Hotel break for delegation at Intercontinental Hotel



Bobby Watson playing jazz inside the ballroom

7:00-9:30pm – Edgar

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