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Grand Opening of the China 100 Historic Exhibit

The University of Minnesota China Center hosted the grand opening of the “China 100 History Exhibit: 100 Years of Engagement” in conjunction with its Chinese New Year celebration on January 31 at the McNamara Alumni Center. More than 150 people from the University and local community rung in the Year of the Horse by viewing historic photos and learning about the long history between the University and China.

China Center Executive Director Joan Brzezinski welcomed guests, stating, “The horse, like no other animal in the Chinese zodiac, is revered around the world. Horse culture is a distinct and important aspect of both the Chinese and American cultures, but also many European, Russian and South American cultures. The horse is ubiquitous and this Chinese Year of the Horse allows us to reflect on the many qualities that we share.” She went on to highlight the first three Chinese students at the University, who enrolled in 1914, and the rich history the University shares with China.