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U MN China Center celebrates 40th anniversary

October 30, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$45 – $1000

40th anniversary logo 1979-2019

Celebrate the China Center’s 40 years of building bridges between the U.S. and China with an evening of festive food, entertainment, and conversation!

October 30, 2019

5:00 – 5:45 p.m.: Social hour with guzheng performance and appearance by the UMN Chinese Culture Club

5:45 – 6:30 p.m.: Opening remarks and dinner

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.: Program and keynote lecture by John Holden

Guzheng Performance by Jarrelle Barton

The guzheng is a 21-string instrument that resembles a European zither. Jarrelle Barton is a Minnesota musician trained in the Chinese guzheng tradition.

Keynote Lecture by John Holden

Headshot of John HoldenUMN alumnus Mr. John Holden will deliver a keynote speech on U.S.-China relations and exchanges, “Minnesota to China: A 40-Year Reflection.” One of the first UMN students to travel to China in the 1970s before China opened to the West, Mr. Holden is Senior Director for China at McLarty Associates. He is a former senior fellow in the Carnegie Asia Program and former president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of Minnesota. Since his first trip to Asia in 1972, Holden has studied or worked for a total of 25 years in Taipei, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Kyoto.

Silent Auction

Bid on some outstanding China-related items donated by generous friends of the China Center, including a curated private tour of MIA with Dr. Yang Liu and a literati night with dinner, poems, and traditional music at the Xiangjiang Pavilion.


Registration includes dinner, reception, musical performance, keynote lecture, and silent auction.

  • Individual: $60
  • UMN Student: $45
  • Table of 10: $1,000 ($400 tax deductible)


October 30, 2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$45 – $1000