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PO Chris Yip to Perform at Carnegie Hall - March 03, 8pm

The New York Piano Society will present its gala benefit concert in Weili Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall at 8 p.m. on March 3. Police Officer Chris Ka Kit Yip has been invited to perform at the concert. Officer Yip arrived in New York from Hong Kong with his parents at age 10. He attended PS 24, IS 189 and Francis Lewis High School in Queens. Upon graduation, he enrolled at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he graduated with a major in linguistics and obtained a teaching certificate. He began his piano studies at the age of 22. He later became acquainted with the Brooklyn Music School when he was assigned to the 88th Precinct in Fort Greene. The New York Piano Society, Inc., founded in 2005 by pianist Elena Leonova, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to discovering and developing concert artists whose primary profession or field of study lies outside the field of music.

"Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition



The "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition is a large-scale international contest sponsored by Hanban, and is well-known worldwide. The competition aims to persuade students in various countries to learn Chinese and strengthen the world's understanding of Chinese language and culture. It consists of competitions for foreign college students, foreign high school students and foreign students in China.  Once again, along with the New York Service Center for Chinese Overseas Study Fellows, Inc., The Confucius Institute at Pace University will be hosting the finals of the "Chinese Bridge" East USA Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students at the Schimmel Center for the Arts on April 7, 2012.  Preliminaries for the competition will be held in late March at various locations.  Registration to compete in this exciting competition is due by March 12, 2012.  If you would like to participate, you can find more information about the "Chinese Bridge" Competition please visit  



Come Learn Investing Safely & Knowing Your Rights

March 4th, 2012 - Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association 



How can you protect your investments?  What are your broker's responsibilities? What happens if I lose money? Learn all about investor protection and rights at:  "Investing Safely & Knowing Your Rights" Sunday March 4, 2012 - 2pm at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association.  62 Mott Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10013.  Presented by: New York Law School.



Chinese Corner Spring '12 Week 2 - What's Your Favorite Chinese Song?  


March 1th, 2012 - Confucius Institute at Pace University   


Please students and friends this Thursday, March 1, 2012, 12:20pm at Confucius Institute, for another Chinese Corner where we will: 

  • Learn some popular Chinese songs; 
  • Watch clips of Chinese songs in different genres; 
  • Share with us your favorite Chinese song(s).
If you have a favorite song in mind that you want to learn, feel free to respond to this email. We encourage you to learn a Chinese song and maybe practice it at a Karaoke with friends during spring break!

Check out their Facebook page.!/groups/115206138509698/


Occupational Therapy FUN DAY at Hamilton Madison House 

Can Your Child Benefit from Occupational Therapy? Let Hamilton Madison House Help You Learn More.


March 24th, 2012 - 50 Madison Street, Gymnasium   


Occupational Therapy can help children who are having difficulty moving their bodies when they play, interacting with other children, meeting classroom expectations for behavior and handwriting and participating in their daily self care.  

If your child is having difficulties in any of these areas, please join us to learn more about Occupational Therapy.
Parents will have an opportunity to talk with an Occupational Therapist who can answer questions about what they can offer your child while the children participate in activities.  Find out more and RSVP at: (212) 571-2823


Hamilton-Madison House is a voluntary, non-profit settlement house in the Two Bridges/Chinatown area of Manhattan's Lower East Side dedicated to improving the quality of life in its community and beyond.


BAL-LIN: Beer and Basketball at MOCA

Mon, Mar 12 from 7pm - 11pm

Who will prevail when Jeremy and Derrick go head to head on March 12th? Come find out at MOCA amongst friends while watching the game projected live. Ballers and non-ballers welcome. In the style of Mystery Science Theater, MOCA will feature a panel of bloggers, aficionados, and good old fashioned basketball fans to provide fun facts, anecdotes and opinion during the game. Guest commentators include Dustin Chin (, Hua Hsu (Grantland),Ursula Liang (ESPN), Kai Ma (, and Rain Noe (writer, Knicks news junkie). We'll provide beer, snacks, and prizes. 


Find out more HERE. 



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Great Duck, Bring Your Own Wine - By Lettie Teague / 

If you're walking down Mott Street during the evening and happen to spot someone sporting a large bag of bottles, the odds are good it's a famous winemaker, sommelier or wine collector on his or her way to Peking Duck House (No. 28). This Chinatown mainstay has long been a favorite among oenophiles-both for its generous corkage policy (free for all) as well as for its duck.

There are so few New York restaurants where you can bring your own wine without paying the consequences (a hefty corkage fee or really bad food) that the Peking Duck House is a particularly welcome exception to the general rule. And if you factor in the reasonable prices and the waiters' facility with a corkscrew, you might wonder, as my friends and I did, why we haven't been eating there at least once a week.

While the food is fairly good overall, the duck is truly splendid-perfectly cooked with just the right ratio of fat, crispy skin and tender meat-and it is accompanied by terrific pancakes. We brought six bottles of wine, of which one was corked. (BYO rule of thumb: Always bring backups when the corkage is free.) The best duck wines were the two Rieslings-one from Alsace, one German-though the wine of the evening was an Australian Shiraz. Bernie Sun, wine director of the Jean Georges restaurant group and a regular at Peking Duck House, also likes to pair Syrah with his Peking duck, saying it "cuts through the richness." He admitted that Billecart Salmon Rosť Champagne was a favorite as well.

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Chinatown Restaurant Week

Come on Down to Chinatown
March 9 - 18, 2012

Many restaurants in Manhattan's Chinatown are going to participate in the excitement which promises to entice food enthusiasts and visitors with a 10 day celebration of Chinese food offered at a great price. The special prix fixe multi-course dinner will be priced starting at $18.88 per person (tax and gratuity not included).


Non-restaurant businesses (i.e., spas, jewelry shops, grocery stores, clothiers, bakeries, smoothie shops, and bubble tea houses) in Manhattan's Chinatown are also participating by offering various promotions during Chinatown Restaurant Week to enhance and extend visitors' Chinatown experience!


Click HERE to register your business.

MoCA Presents:  Crossing Canal
MoCA will be hosting a film screening of Crossing Canal
on Thursday, March 8th, 2012, 6:30pm to 8:00pm. 
Crossing Canal focuses on the history behind the Oversea Chinese Mission, one of the largest Chinese Christian congregations in New York. The story is told within the context of a rapidly growing Chinatown, chronicling the church's bold purchase of a building in the neighboring streets of Little Italy-- a move that effectively spurred the expansion of the Chinese community northward. The film includes first-hand accounts of a number of Chinatown residents from the 1950s and 1960s, who describe the challenges they faced as a pioneering group of Chinese in less-than-welcoming territory. As the Oversea Chinese Mission was founded just a few years prior to the wave of post-1965 Chinese immigrants, the church's own growth and history very much mirror the growth and changes in the community it serves.

Screening followed by Q&A. 
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