Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer proclaimed Saturday, January 28, 2017 ‘China Institute Lunar New Year Day’ at a celebration dinner with China Institute members, patrons and dignitaries that included Chinese and American leaders in art, business, culture, and education.
The City of New York recognized China Institute for its contribution to enhancing the city’s status as a global cultural center.
The proclamation states: “China Institute serves as a bulwark of our community… provides vital support for generations… and makes our borough and city more culturally aware.”
This marks the second time in four months that New York City has recognized China Institute for raising cultural awareness and fostering deeper insight into China.
On September 28, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio presented China Institute with another proclamation for its important contributions in the areas of education, arts and culture, and commerce. Collectively, the State and City have pledged to support China Institute’s mission through multi-year programing grants as well as capital loans and construction grants.
China Institute Board Chair Chien Chung Pei welcomed the crowd, stating: “In 2017, our mission to nurture greater understanding between the United States and China has never been more vital.” Institute President James Heimowitz added: “Today, our diverse programs in education, art and business play a crucial role in raising awareness about China and building trust and friendships that strengthen relations between what are arguably the planet’s two most important countries.”