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Port Alberni’s Chinese Canadian Society hosted a Chinese New Year celebration on Sunday, Feb. 10 that incorporated a presentation of funds to local charities.
The Alberni Athletic Hall Society, Ty Watson House/Alberni Valley Hospice, West Coast General Hospital Foundation and KidSport all received a total of $4,000 from the sale of Chinese food at the annual Fall Fair. The presentations were made by Patty Xie, the president of the Chinese Canadian Society, and society member Annameika Lee.
The traditional lion dance was performed by Joseph and Nathan Tsai. Stephen Ho also performed a traditional ceremony with a pig that also included firecrackers. This was followed by demonstrations from the Dragon Martial Arts Academy, owned and operated by Warren Lee. The students gave an awesome performance, which also included a section on self-defense.
Everyone in attendance then enjoyed a buffet of Chinese food that had been prepared by cooking staff at the Beijing Grand.