Chinatown to Unveil Its Trio of Angel Statues at Its 64th Anniversary Celebration During the New Chinatown Farmers' Market

   Uniquely Decorated Angels Created by Chinese-American Artists Honor This
                   Multicultural Jewel of the City of Angels
 
     WHAT:      Chinatown will mark the 64th anniversary of its founding by
                unveiling the three angel statues that will be on display in
                this historic district during this summer's installation of the
                largest and most popular public art exhibit ever staged in the
                City of Angels.
 
                The trio of angel statues, each decorated by a Chinese-American
                artist, was created specifically to honor this multicultural
                jewel of Los Angeles.  Sponsored by the Chinatown Business
                Improvement District, Quon Yick Noodle Co. and Best Western
                Dragon Gate Inn, the angels include:
 
                --   "Angel of the People," by Jack Liang, is based on the
                     imagery of a Chinese opera singer and includes Confucius'
                     words on "The Commonwealth State" in both English and
                     Chinese.
                --   "Phoenix Rising Angel," by Cindy Suriyani, features the
                     phoenix, a strong female symbol that represents "good
                     times" and protects children -- the future of Chinatown.
                --   "Angel of Virtues," by Shan Chao, which represents
                     "rebirth," as Chinatown embarks on a 10-year effort to
                     revitalize this district.
 
                Chinatown's 64th anniversary celebration -- complete with the
                traditional lion dance -- will take place at Chinatown's new
                Farmers' Market.
 
     WHO:       >Senator Jack Scott and members of the 2002 Miss Los Angeles
                    Chinatown court will assist with the unveilings
                >Artists Shan Chao, Jack Liang and Cindy Suriyani will reveal
                    the inspiration for their angels
                >The Immortals Gung-Fu Lion Dancers will dazzle the audiences
                    with their ceremonial dance, colorful costumes, and
                    traditional Chinese instruments
 
     WHEN:      Thurs., June 20, 2002, 5:30 p.m.
 
     WHERE:     Public Parking Lot at 727 N. Hill Street in Los Angeles
                Chinatown (between Alpine and Ord)
 
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SOURCE Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council

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