那些有堪城中美联合会春晚陪伴的流金岁月

 发表于 2018年1月6日 下午12:18。

2018年的新年遭遇了北美50年来最冷的冬季,地处中西部的堪城也是冰天雪地、寒风陡峭,气温低达摄氏零下十度。然而,与大自然的万木凋零、冰冷阴霾的气氛形成鲜明反差的,是堪城华人社区金鼓喧阗、笙歌鼎沸迎接农历狗年的喜气和红火。

从一月到二月,大规模的迎春联欢晚会就有三场,其中包括中美联合会、孔子学院与斯诺基金会联手举办的KCCAA春晚、演讲大赛、和文化展示。本地美术馆和中文学校也纷纷举办自己的中国新年日(China Day)和联谊活动。

本地最大的华人社团中美联合会KCCAA(Kansas City Chinese American Association)的春晚导演春燕女士告诉我,今年KCCAA的春晚,不仅会一如既往地为广大华人奉献本地最好的歌舞演出和文艺表演,还特意邀请陕西永宁艺术团万里迢迢来到堪城,为堪城民众献上长安乐舞、诗画乐舞、唢呐名曲、二胡独奏等精彩纷呈的节目。

春燕女士还剧透给我今年春晚的节目单。在一个个充满诗意,让人浮想联翩的演出节目之中,我看到了一个熟悉的名字——“茉莉花中国舞团”。正是因为“茉莉花中国舞团”的渊源,让我家成为KCCAA春晚的常客,让我们对KCCAA一年一度的春晚,满怀亲切。

我现在还清楚地记得,2012年的秋季,我在网上搜寻到“茉莉花中国舞团”的网站。我给当时的艺术指导张劲松写邮件,询问我女儿加入儿童舞蹈队、学习民俗舞的事宜。劲松很快回了信,说可以让娅娅来试课。娅娅上了一节课就喜欢上了,从此开启了她长达四年的学舞过程。

   

光阴荏苒中,娅娅练习了基本功,学会了听节拍,结交了好朋友。我很高兴她能听得懂老师的中文授课并享受整个学习过程,这也是我当初毫不犹疑为她报名的初衷。我希望她能在学习中国民族舞的过程中,能够潜移默化地认知、亲和中国传统文化。

 

娅娅跟随舞蹈队参与了KCCAA三次春晚的彩排和演出。当她第一次登上春晚舞台的时候,看着台下乌压压的观众,她没有感到害怕和退缩,而是无比的兴奋和快乐。仍然让我记忆犹新的是,当她和她的好伙伴从那扇红色的大门后欢快地奔向舞台时,现场观众爆发出的赞许的惊叹和掌声。演出结束了,她和她的好伙伴还逗留在舞台上,依依不舍、不愿离去。

我不能忘记,当我坐在晚会剧场红丝绒的软座上,聆听着熟悉得不能再熟悉的民俗乐曲,欣赏着熟悉得不能再熟悉的舞蹈合唱,我心中涌出的温暖的感动。因为春晚,我们不辞辛苦、风雪无阻,驱车一个小时赶赴剧场参加彩排和演出;因为春晚,我们结识了堪城众多的华裔家庭,并结下深厚的友谊;因为春晚,我们惊讶地发现堪城本地也荟萃了如此众多人杰俊才;因为春晚,数九寒天不再凄冷萧瑟,美中农村也不再荒凉无趣。

我也获知,为确保每年春晚盛会的顺利和圆满,KCCAA的组织者和志愿者们早在一年前的四月就开始筹划、准备、联络、协调,殚精竭虑、劳心劳力。他们对每一个环节,包括确认场地、筛选节目、设计流程、掌控进度、保障技术等等,事无巨细,都一丝不苟、力求完美。正是因为所有参与者的敬业努力和默默付出,才缔造了堪城最大春晚的视觉盛宴。今年,由于国内专业文艺团体的加盟,节目组需要协助审批、签证、以及具体的行程安排,盛典筹备的严谨和细致更是提升到一个前所未有的高度。

春晚,以它浓浓的中国年味儿,唤醒了我们的幼时记忆和乡愁,维系着我们的家国情怀和亲情。它把每一个散落在异国他乡的海外游子凝聚起来,阖家欢乐、欢聚一堂,重温温馨往昔,展望美好未来。回味着那些有春晚陪伴的流金岁月,我对今年的堪城春晚充满期待!

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KCCAA 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration

All tickets are sold out.  Thank you ALL!  Looking forward to seeing you at JCCC on January 27, 2018.

Purchase Standard/Non-Membership Tickets Only: $18  

(this will go up to $20 after January 14, 2018)

CNY Gala Ticket plus KCCAA Membership – $22 (10+12) for one membership and one ticket

(this will go up to $25 (10+15) after January 14, 2018)

Purchase/Renew KCCAA Membership Only (no tickets) – $10  

All the tickets purchased online will be available to be picked up on Saturday Jan. 27th, 2018 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at JCCC.

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2018 Year of the Dog, Kansas City Chinese Speech Contest For Youth, University Students, and Adults

Sponsored by: The Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas in partnership with The Center for East Asian Studies of the University of Kansas and The Kansas City Chinese American Association

Preliminary Competition by Video Submission DUE: Monday, January 22, 2018 11:59PM

Finalists will be invited to a Final Competition on: Saturday, January 27, 2018 9:00am to 11:30am, Awards Ceremony at 12:00pm

Johnson County Community College

Please join us in our annual Chinese speaking competition, sponsored by the Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas. Yearly, we partner with area organizations to offer learners and heritage speakers of Chinese an opportunity to showcase their skills. Our competition welcomes all levels of Chinese language learners and heritage speakers (in separate competition categories), and will feature Certificates and Prizes for participants!

Eligibility:

Students currently enrolled in a Chinese program in any K12 school, university, or Chinese weekend school (or homeschool Chinese program), and adult learners are eligible. All contestants must be recommended by their respective Chinese language teacher (can be parent/homeschool teacher).

Please email the form below (can be in the body of an email) as instructed. Contestants should then submit a video entry by uploading it onto YouTube using the “Unlisted” privacy setting, then email the link to your video to ciku@ku.edu.

Here is a link to the YouTube help page on Unlisted videos: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/157177?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

In your email with the link, please include the following text:

By emailing the link to my “Unlisted” YouTube video, I hereby give permission for Kansas City Chinese Speech Contest judges to view and judge my speech competition entry.

The top contestants in each division will be invited to compete in the finals at Johnson County Community College on January 28, 2017. Prizes and Certificates will be awarded!

Technical Requirements:

Please record your video in MPEG-4. Do not add background music or other sound effects; Do Not Use: PowerPoint, props, or other visual aids; Outdoor or indoor backgrounds are acceptable. A quiet environment, with as little ambient noise as possible, is recommended. Video camera angle must show the speaker’s head and shoulders (or from the waist up).

All speeches should be memorized and delivered in Mandarin Chinese without notes, printed materials, or PowerPoint. The contestant should compose his or her original speech. Speeches may quote other authors’ works but the majority of the work should be original …

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2017 KCCAA Passport/Visa Pickup Notice

For applicants who have submitted your passport and Chinese visa application to KCCAA in October 2017, please pick up your passport/visa at below location and time:

Location: Emmanuel Chinese Baptist Church

                 10101 England Dr., Overland Park, KS 66212  

Time: Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, 1:30 – 3:30PM

You may also visit our website at kccaa.org for more information.

KCCAA 1021日的护照/签证活动中递交有关护照/签证材料的申请人,请在以下时间地点领取护照/签证。

地点: 以马内利华人浸洗会

         10101 England Dr., Overland Park, KS 66212

时间: 114 星期六下午130pm-330pm

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2017年10月21日芝加哥总领馆赴堪萨斯州办证通知

KCCA / KCCAA Passport / Visa Event

Saturday, October 21, 2017

20171021日芝加哥总领馆赴堪萨斯州办证通

为了更好服务领区广大侨胞,芝加哥总领馆 将于2017年10月21日赴堪萨斯州受理中国公民的护照、旅行证及在境外居住人员领取养老金资格审核表申请。本次活动由堪城华人协会(KCCA)和堪城中美联合会(KCCAA),  以下简称 “协办方”, 联合举办,具体安排和有关事项如下:

一、具体安排

办证时间:10月21日(周六)9:00 – 16:00

办证地点:10101 England Dr., Overland Park, KS 66212

协办方:堪城华人协会(KCCA), 堪城中美联合会(KCCAA)

联系人:David Cheng (913) 957-1437, Forest Rong (913) 593-8059

联系电邮:kccaks@gmail.com

 

二、有关办理证件事宜

  1. 本次办证只受理中国公民护照、中国公民旅行证,及在境外居住人员领取养老金资格审核表申请。
  2. 为提高效率,减少现场等待时间,请办理护照、旅行证业务的申请人通过护照预约系统(网址:http://ppt.mfa.gov.cn)提前在网上预约。
  3. 预约系统将于9月29日10:00AM开放,预约时请选择预约时间“10月21日”,办证地点“仅限堪萨斯预约办证”,并预约办理时段。预约成功后,请按提示,打印出带有条形码的预约申请表(届时将作为预约凭证),按照预约的时间段前往现场办证地点办理。10月19日预约系统自动关闭。原则上,没有网上预约的护照、旅行证申请,现场将不予受理。
  4. 每人限预约1次,如一个家庭有多人申请,请按照实际办证人数分别预约。
  5. 办证所需费用由申请人直接支付给总领馆(Money Order 或 Cashier’s Check)。
  6. 由于对电子护照的照片要求十分严格,为提高办证效率,节省时间,“协办方” (KCCA, KCCAA)将现场提供高质量的照相服务,确保照片符合总领馆要求 。现场照相每人$15。
  7. 除了付给总领馆的办证费用, “协办方” (KCCA, KCCAA)将对办理护照、旅行证者收取办证和场地等费用每本$25,只接受现金或个人支票(make check payable to “KCCA”)。
  8. 请大家仔细阅读总领馆网页上《中国驻芝加哥总领馆将赴堪萨斯州提供现场办证服务》通知,并按照其规定和要求准备和提供申请材料。

http://www.chinaconsulatechicago.org/chn/zytz/t1497653.htm

 

三、有关赴华签证事宜

  1. 在芝加哥总领馆办证的当天,为方便社区,“协办方” (KCCA, KCCAA)将代办赴华签证。具体申请材料及收费要求,请参照总领馆网页如下:

http://www.chinaconsulatechicago.org/eng/ywzn/qzhz/qz/

  1. 除了总领馆要求的签证费用,“协办方” (KCCA, KCCAA)将收取代办手续费 $35(会员或非会员)。
  2. 请将代办手续费和总领馆要求的签证费用一起支付给 “协办方” (KCCA, KCCAA),只接受现金或个人支票(make check payable to “KCCAA”)。然后由 “协办方” (KCCA, KCCAA)统一支付总领事馆要求的签证费用。
  3. 申请人不需要回邮信封,签证办完后,总领馆会把护照及签证交由“协办方” (KCCA, KCCAA)统一发放。
  4. 更多信息请浏览 “协办方” (KCCA, KCCAA)的官方网站:kcca-online.org or kccaa.org。

 

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2017 KCCA/KCCAA Passport/Visa Event

To better serve oversea Chinese, the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago will come to the State of Kansas on Saturday October 21, 2017 to process the application for Chinese Passport, Travel Document, and other documents. This event will be cohosted by Kansas City Chinese Association (KCCA) and Kansas City Chinese American Association (KCCAA).

1. Event

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm on Saturday October 21st, 2017

Location: 10101 England Dr., Overland Park, KS 66212

Coordinator: Kansas City Chinese Association (KCCA), Kansas City Chinese American Association (KCCAA)

Contact: David Cheng (913) 957-1437, Forest Rong (913) 593-8059

Email: kccaks@gmail.com

2. Document and Fees

Please refer the information listed on the Consulate General website:

http://www.chinaconsulatechicago.org/chn/zytz/t1497653.htm

  1. The applicants will need to pay Money Order or Cashier’s Check directly to “Chinese Consulate General in Chicago” for the required passport and/or travel document fee.

3. Service Fee

Passport and Travel Document: $25 for member and non-member, cash or personal check (make check payable to “KCCA”).

4. Chinese Visa

For the convenience of the community, KCCA & KCCAA (Hereinafter referred to as “co-organizers”) will accept the application to Chinese Visa. Please refer the information listed in the Consulate General’s website:

http://www.chinaconsulatechicago.org/eng/ywzn/qzhz/qz/

In addition to the visa fee required by the Consulate General, service fee of $35 for member and non-member will be collected by “co-organizers”.

Please combine the service fee (by “co-organizers”) and the required visa fee (by Consulate General) together and make payment to “KCCAA”, cash or personal checks are accepted. The “KCCAA” will issue the payment required for visa to Consulate General in Chicago.

No need for return envelope, and the passport/visa will be distributed to you by “co-organizers” after the visa was issued by Consulate General in Chicago.

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