An Evening of Chinese Culture 2013 at Citi Field

Spirt Award Recipients

By Raymond Mei

On September 13th 2013, at Citi Field, The New York Mets held their 5th Annual “An Evening of Chinese Culture” event prior to the game against the Miami Marlins on Friday. The event was a celebration of Chinese culture and entertainment that featured, ribbon dancing, kung fu and tai chi performances. Mr. Han Bo Lin sang the National Anthem and Guo Xiang Sun, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York threw out the first pitch. The event was co-hosted by the Sino-American Culture & Arts Foundation, the Sino-American Friendship Association, the China National Tourism Administration and Cimagine Media Group.

5th Annual Chinese Culture Night at Citi Field

The event kicked off at around 6:35pm with Chinese ribbon dancing and kungfu and taichi performances by over 200 participants, led by 2-time world champion winner Sitan Chen. Citi Field played traditional Chinese music and displayed beautiful sceneries that turned the baseball field into a Chinese theater. Following the amazing acts were cheers of appreciation and wonder.

Tai Chi and Ribbon Dancing

Shortly after, Guo Xiang Sun, Margaret Lam, board of director of the New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce, Xu Yaping, Director of China National Tourist Office in New York, Peter Zhang, President of Sino-American Friendship Association and Li Li, executive vice president of Sino-American Friendship Association and president of Sino-American Culture & Arts Foundation received the Spirit Award handed out by Citi Field and The Mets Organization. Everyone was in good spirits as recipients of the award.

Guo Xiang Sun throws the first pitch

And now it was time for the first pitch. A tradition at the beginning of every MLB game. Only the selected ones have the privilege and honor to throw the first pitch. Few celebrities, politicians, artists, and special guest have successfully threw a ball from the mound that actually reach home plate. Many embarrass themselves on the mound with erratic throws where the ball is nowhere close the the catcher’s gloves. Guo Xiang Sun, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, was handed the baseball that night to throw the first pitch. Wearing a Matt Harvey jersey, Consulate General Sun threw an almost perfect strike down the mound. No embarrassment for him. The whole stadium loved it.

Guo Xiang Sun, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York


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