CAAL is partnering with a local Chinese learning group to help promote Chinese language and Chinese culture. This group meets usually every two weeks, often on Monday evenings, at Lexington Community Center. People’s Chinese skills range from very beginners, to quite advanced speakers. The group is looking for more native Chinese speakers who can join and help conversations on various topics.
Adults and high school students who are fluent in Chinese are encouraged to participate. CAAL can provide community service certificates for those who need.
People who are interested in this activity should first sign up atwww.meetup.com, then search for “Lexington Mandarin Language MeetUp” and join that group.
CAAL Community Services Committee
Munroe Saturday Nights proudly presented an exclusive Beijing Opera performance in collaboration with CAAL (the Chinese American Association of Lexington) and the Boston Beijing Opera Association on March 10 at First Parish in Lexington..
Scenes from beloved traditional Chinese Operas were performed by the talented company with traditional makeup and costuming along with music from Chinese instruments. Event Photos
As some 400 people ate the last bits of fish with sour cabbage sauce, family-style tofu and other Chinese dishes on their plates, a drumbeat filled the air at the Minuteman High School cafeteria Saturday, Feb. 10.
Accompanied by clashing cymbals, the drumbeats–heavy enough to resonate in one’s chest–continued as several people held aloft a red Chinese dragon and snaked through the room. In the back of the cafeteria, a cluster of girls in pink tutus stood on a staircase, while martial artists in black satin pants and black t-shirts stood just to the side of the performance area—all waiting for their turn to perform. The Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL)’s bi-annual Chinese New Year Celebration was in full swing, ringing in the year of the dog and kicking off CAAL’s 35th anniversary. [Read full report]
Watch videos of the event
Enjoy this photo collage as CAAL celebrates its landmark 35 year anniversary!
Despite the freezing cold outside, it’s warm as spring and full of festival atmosphere inside. During the last weekend of 2017, CAAL Youth Instrumental Ensemble (“YIE”) had brought a variety of holiday classics from both Eastern and Western cultures to the local communities such as the elderly housing campus and nursing home in Lexington. Since its inception in December, 2016, CAAL YIE has reached out to the local communities such as the nursing homes eight times to share the holiday spirit and warmth with the elderly residents in Lexington. The ensemble’s wonderful performances have been warmly welcomed by the audience.
Chinese Americans actively participated annual fundraising events organized by Lexington Education Foundation (LEF). This year, more Chinese American residents volunteered and attended the LEF Free Global Party and Annual Gala. CAAL also sent “CAALphabet” team to the Annual LEF Trivia Bee. The younger generation raised $740 for LEF by participating Annual Kids Triathlon.
The Lexington Education Foundation brings the community together to build and sustain the excellence of the Lexington Public Schools through funding innovations in teaching and learning in all nine schools.