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Join us for China Institute’s much anticipated annual Chinese New Year event on Friday, February 7, 2014 at Cipriani 42nd Street.

This festive celebration includes a reception and banquet style dinner, awards ceremony, traditional lion dance, Shaolin monk performance, dancing, and a select silent auction. Following the lion dance, the children collect red envelopes in support of China Institute’s educational programs.

China Institute will honor Mr. Ming Cho Lee, recipient of the 2013 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement and 1984 recipient of China Institute’s first Blue Cloud Award.

$25,000 Table ~ seats 12
($22,420 tax deductible)
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$15,000 Table ~ seats 12
($12,420 tax deductible)
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$6,000 Table ~ seats 10
($3,850 tax deductible)

Individual Tickets ~ $600
($385 tax-deductible)

2013 Press Coverage: YUE Magazine

For additional information, contact Leslie A. McDonald at lmdonald@chinainstitute.org or 212.744.8181, ext. 139.

On Friday, February 19, China Institute hosted its annual Chinese New Year (Year of the Tiger) celebration at Gotham Hall in New York City.

This year’s celebration honored renowned Chef Ming Tsai and Professor Renqiu Yu. While guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, calligrapher Jim Zhang created special Chinese character paintings. A six-course family style dinner, a special Northern Lion Dance performance, an awards ceremony and dancing wound up this annual festive event.


Ming Tsai
Renqiu Yu

Photo Credits: Enid Farber Foto

Chinese New Year Party 2009

On Friday January 30, 2009, China Institute celebrated its annual Chinese New Year party, the “Year of the Ox,” at Gotham Hall. Over 250 guests dined on a seven-course dinner and enjoyed the traditional Lion Dance, a Shaolin Monk performance and a special guest performance of Esmeralda’s tambourine variation by American Ballet Theatre’s Zhong-Jing Fang. Guests danced the night away and a good time was had by all!

Photo Credits: Ray A. Llanos

The annual China Institute Chinese New Year celebration will be a fun filled evening with traditional New Year’s entertainment that will feature acrobats and the traditional northern lion dance, a multi-course family style dinner, a Year of the Rabbit awards ceremony and dancing.

We will have a red envelope collection, in support of China Institute’s Summer Study in China scholarship fund, which will follow the lion dance. The funds raised will provide support and an opportunity for many high school students from around the country to participate in an intensive language training for six weeks (equivalent to one year of high school Mandarin) while immersing themselves in Chinese, culture and society.

At Chinese New Year, a time of family gatherings, we honor Anna Hu, a devoted member who thinks of China Institute as her extended family. Ms. Hu has been described in the Wall Street Journal as the youngest of the top five contemporary jewelry artists in the world. “To me, creating jewelry is composing music. I particularly love Franz Liszt’s concept of the Symphonic Poems, where musical notes become the foundation of words, melody transforms lyric to story, and harmony expresses human emotions.” Ms. Hu combines her passion for music, and a gemologists’ imagination, to create unique contemporary jewelry art pieces.

We do hope that you will be able to join us for this festive evening and continue our tradition of celebrating the Lunar New Year with friends and family!

Anna Hu

On Friday, January 27, 2012, China Institute celebrated Chinese New Year, the most important event of the year, at Cipriani 42nd Street.

This fun, annual celebration included a cocktail hour, a multi-course banquet style dinner, a select silent auction, the traditional lion dance, and other entertainment. Following the lion dance, the children collected the traditional red envelopes in support of China Institute’s educational scholarship fund. The popularity of Chinese New Year continues to grow with a full house of over 440 guests.

We honored The Starr Foundation for their continued generous support of China Institute, and the internationally acclaimed operatic bass Hao Jiang Tian, the only Chinese singer with a consecutive record of 19 seasons at the Metropolitan Opera and his wife, Martha Liao, founder of the Asian Performing Arts Council (APAC).

We hope you’ll join us for our next Chinese New Year celebration on Friday, February 8, 2013 at Cipriani.

Despite near blizzard conditions, over 350 people joined us on Friday, February 7, 2013 as we rang in the Year of the Snake at our annual Chinese New Year celebration at Cipriani 42nd Street.

The evening began with a cocktail reception and as guests viewed the silent auction the Cipriani waitstaff passed dim sum and special Chinese New Year cocktails. A banquet style dinner was served and guests were treated to a traditional lion dance, a Shaolin Monk performance and folk songs sung by Hsuan Ma and a chorus of young children.

Those in attendance included: co-chairs Sophia Sheng, Carolyn Hsu-Balcer, and Carol Rattray; Anla Cheng and Mark Kingdon; Chen Guoqing and Liu Ming; Chien Chung Pei and Beatrice Pei; Julie and Michael Waldorf; Washington Z. SyCip; James J. Chin and Gayle Ong; Marie-Hélène Weill; René Balcer; Silas and Celia Chou; Chiu-Ti Jansen; Angela Chen; Lucia Hwong Gordon; Mitzi Perdue and Patricia and Tom Shiah.

Press Coverage:
YUE Magazine