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Asian Lantern Festival preview - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Putting the head on a 200 foot dragon
Asian Lantern Festival preview - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Putting the head on a 200 foot dragon
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is transforming into an all-new summer experience beginning Thursday, July 19th during the first-of-its-kind Asian Lantern Festival, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children's. Each Thursday through Sunday for five weeks, hundreds of large-scale, colorful lanterns will illuminate the Zoo and offer an amazing and unique look in an exclusive, after-hours setting.

Frog Asian Lantern at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


In this preview of the Festival you will see a lot of colorful photos and videos of the lanterns. You will also see the crew putting the head on a 200' dragon in Waterfowl Lake.

utting the head on a 200' dragon in Waterfowl Lake

Photos and videos of the Asian Lantern Fest preview at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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8th annual Ohio Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Legislative Day
8th annual Ohio Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Legislative Day
The 8th annual Ohio Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Legislative Day, Ohio's largest statewide AAPI advocacy event, took place on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in Columbus. Over 300 Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders from across the state, including at least 70 high school and college students, attended the event.

Asian Services In Action (ASIA), Inc. sent 168 attendees from Northeast Ohio, including 80 Bhutanese refugees, filling up 3 charter buses to travel to the Statehouse.

Bhutanese refugees with Mayor Ron Falconi

Bhutanese refugees with Mayor Ron Falconi

See photos and more from the 8th annual Ohio AAPI Legislative Day

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Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art
Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art has done it again. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is an amazing world-class exhibit that is nothing like you have ever seen, or experienced, before.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors celebrates the legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s 65-year career. The exhibition spans the range of Kusama’s work, from her groundbreaking paintings and performances of the 1960s, when she staged polka-dot “Happenings” in the streets of New York, to her widely admired immersive installations and the U.S. debut of her recent series of paintings, My Eternal Soul.

Visitors have the unprecedented opportunity to experience seven of Kusama’s captivating Infinity Mirror Rooms, including Where the Lights in My Heart Go (2016), exclusive to Cleveland. Additionally, a stunning array of large and vibrant paintings, sculptures, installations, works on paper and rare archival materials can also be seen.

Infinity Mirrored Room-Phalli's Field

Inside the Infinity Mirrored Room-Phalli's Field


See photos and videos from the Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit

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RIP Officer Vu Nguyen
RIP Officer Vu Nguyen
Sadly, Cleveland Police Office Vu Nguyen has passed away. “Patrol Officer Vu Nguyen immigrated to the United States during the Vietnam War with his parents and fifteen siblings. His story is truly one that defines America. He dedicated his life to serving others,” said the statement from Mayor Frank Jackson, Chief Calvin Williams and Safety Director Michael McGrath.

At the 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival, 15 Cleveland Police Officers of Asian heritage were honored including Vu Nguyen.

Cleveland Mayor Jackson, CPD Commander Jones and police officer of Asian Heritage

Cleveland Mayor Jackson, Office Vu Nguyen and CPD Commander Jones

Watch the video of the Asian Police honors at the Cleveland Asian Festival

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Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Workshop
Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Workshop

A Chinese painting and calligraphy event was held at the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University on June 2, 2018. Three artists made presentations on different Chinese art forms to a group of college students and staff from Marietta College, Ohio..

Participants show their calligraphy works with Huiwen Li, Ni Zhang, and Xiaocong Ding

Participants show their calligraphy works with
Huiwen Li, Ni Zhang, and Xiaocong Ding


See more from the Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Workshop

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AIPNO Medical Yatra 2018
AIPNO Medical Yatra 2018

A 'Yatra' is a holy pilgrimage. For years, Dr Jaya Shah and Ramesh Shah have led an AIPNO Medical Yatra to tend to the needs of the poorest in different areas of India. Many of the people that the team of doctors see and treat have never had any contact with a medical professional.

AIPNO Medical Yatra 2018

Two years ago Sandhya lost her leg. Today she took her first steps with her new prosthetic leg, Jaipur foot;
“I am happy, I can walk, I can go to work.
My family is very happy.”


Facts and photos from the 2018 Medical Yatra

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Diplomacy Begins Here: Women Who Rock the World Summit
Diplomacy Begins Here: Women Who Rock the World Summit

Global Ties U.S. and its members, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, are hosting a series of Diplomacy Begins Here Summits across the United States to bring together local, national, and international leaders from the business, government, and nonprofit world. The Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) celebrated women in leadership in Northeast Ohio through the Diplomacy Begins Here: Women Who Rock the World Summit on Thursday, June 28, at the Drury Plaza Downtown.

In partnership with Global Ties U.S. and the U.S. Department of State, CCWA welcomed local leaders in civil society, government, and business, along with leaders in international exchange programming throughout the country, to highlight our region's public diplomacy initiatives and specifically how women have played a key role as Citizen Diplomats.

Dr. Marla Perez-Davis, Feowyn MacKinnon and Dr. Evalyn Gates

Women in STEM panelists Dr. Marla Perez-Davis,
Feowyn MacKinnon and Dr. Evalyn Gates


See photos and videos of the Women in STEM discussion


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What a Night!
9th annual Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductions

The photos and videos from the 9th annual Cleveland International Hall of Fame induction are now posted at ClevelandInternationalHallofFame.com/. Well over 500 people attended the inspiring and fun evening.

Ralph Perk, Dr Atul Mehta, Abby Mina, Karen Pianka, Sister Alicia Alvarado and Sheila Murphy Crawford

Ralph Perk Jr., Dr Atul Mehta, Abby Mina,
Karen Pianka, Sister Alicia Alvarado and Sheila Murphy Crawford

You can nominate someone now for the 10th class which will be inducted Tuesday April 16, 2019.

Cleveland International Hall of Fame

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Hungarian Cultural Garden 80th anniversary
Hungarian Cultural Garden 80th anniversary

The Hungarian Cultural Garden was formally dedicated in 1938 making 2018 the 80th anniversary of the Garden. The Hungarian Cultural Garden is one of about 30 ethnic gardens in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. The Hungarian community and friends gathered in the Garden on June 24 for a look back and a look forward.

Several people who were at the 1938 dedication were also on hand for the 80th celebration.

Violet Sarosi, Richard Fleischman, Jenny Brown, Ted Horvath and Frank Dodish were present at the 1938 dedication and 80th anniversary

Violet Sarosi, Richard Fleischman, Jenny Brown, Ted Horvath and Frank Dodish were present at the 1938 dedication and 80th anniversary


See photos and videos from the 80th anniversary Hungarian Cultural Garden event

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Franz Liszt Concert in the Hungarian Cultural Garden
Franz Liszt Concert in the Hungarian Cultural Garden

After the 80th anniversary program including singing of the Himnusz, a retrospective on the Garden and introduction of dignitaries and people present at the 1938 dedication, Hungarian Cultural Garden president Carolyn Balogh turned the program over to Vera Holczer, founder and president of the Aurora School of Music, for a concert.

Students and faculty from the Aurora School of Music performed works by Liszt, Brahms, Bartok, Debussy and more.

Vera Holczer and Ruth Desiree Logan

Vera Holczer and Ruth Desiree Logan piano duet
of Brahm's Hungarian Dances Nmbr 5


See photos and videos from the Liszt concert in the Hungarian Cultural Garden

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Asian Highlands Exhibit Opening at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Asian Highlands Exhibit Opening at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Asian Highlands, the new state-of-the-art destination at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, is now open to the public.

Asian Highlands now open

The immersive addition is home to Amur and snow leopards, red panda and a new species to the Zoo, takin.

Along with the ribbon cutting ceremony, several Asian groups performed including the Paj Tawg Tshiab ("blooming flower" in Hmong) traditional dance group and a Bharatanatyam dance from Tamil Nadu in southern India by 7th grader Deepa Manikandan.

See photos and videos of the new Asian Highlands exhibit

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Traditional Hmong Dances at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Traditional Hmong Dances at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opened a new Asian Highlands exhibit and celebrated with some Asian performances. Paj Tawg Tshiab (which directly translates to "blooming flower" in Hmong) is a traditional dance group focused on preserving the performing arts of the Hmong people. Paj Tawg Tshiab is based in Akron, Ohio.

Paj Tawg Tshiab (blooming flower) traditional Hmong dance group  at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Photos and videos of Paj Tawg Tshiab at the Zoo

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Asian Lantern Festival Preview at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Asian Lantern Festival Preview at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced Asian Lantern Festival presented by Cleveland Clinic Children's that will light up the zoo for five weeks this summer. The limited engagement will take place evenings, Thursday thru Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., from July 19 to August 19, 2018.

Asian Lantern Festival at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


Guests will enjoy more than two dozen large-scale, colorful lantern installations placed throughout the zoo that will illuminate starting at dusk. Guests will be immersed in Asian culture, dining on Asian inspired cuisine, watching Asian performers on the Fifth Third Bank stage, and shopping an authentic marketplace sponsored by T-Mobile.

More about the Asian Lantern Festival

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Bharathanatyam Classical dance at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Bharathanatyam Classical dance at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

A new state-of-the-art destination at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is called Asian Highlands and is home to Amur and snow leopards, red panda and a new species to the Zoo, takin. The architecture of the structure is designed with elements representative of central China, the region these species are native to. To celebrate the grand opening of the new Asian Highlands destination there were several Asian performances including a Bharatanatyam dance from Tamil Nadu in southern India by 7th grader Deepa Manikandan.

Performing in front of a bear habitat, Deepa began by balancing and dancing on a mudpot and then told the story of the 10 avatars of Vishnu and three animals - deer, peacock and snake - in her dance.

Deepa Manikandan performing Bharatanatyam dance from Tamil Nadu in southern India at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Deepa Manikandan performing Bharatanatyam dance

See video of the Bharathanatyam dance and more photos

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Welcome to Cleveland
Welcome to Cleveland



Members of the Stabrova Youth Ballet
welcome you to Cleveland


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Thank You Mayor Jackson
Thank You Mayor Jackson
Letter from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson to Dan and Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.com


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Thank You Governor Kasich
Thank You Governor Kasich
Letter from Ohio Governor Kasich to Dan and Debbie Hanson of ClevelandPeople.com


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This is Our Cleveland - ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Party
This is Our Cleveland - ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Party
The International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) hosted their annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio.

At the end of an international fashion show that featured native costumes from dozens of countries, the models gathered on stage and walked out to the sounds of We are the World. Watch this short video and be inspired.

More photos and videos from the event soon.

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We Pray the Rosary - Living Rosary DVD
We Pray the Rosary - Living Rosary DVD
Hail Mary, Full of Grace…

This DVD is a Living Rosary in the sense that over 200 people participated in saying a prayer. 3 bishops, numerous priests and sisters and a variety of lay people all said a prayer (Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary or Glory Be) that when put together combine to form the complete Rosary.

We hope that you will pray along with the diverse group of people on this DVD. They are young and old, different races and ethnicities, in Church and outside, alone and in groups. The prayers are said in English, but occasionally there is a prayer in another language. You may not know the language but will understand, and be able to pray along, because of the context.

  1. American Sign Language
  2. English
  3. Gaelic
  4. German
  5. Hindi
  6. Italian
  7. Konkani
  8. Korean
  9. Lebanese
  10. Polish
  11. Portuguese
  12. Slovenian
  13. Spanish
  14. Swahili

Lourdes Shrine in Cleveland


More about the We Pray the Rosary DVD


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Cleveland Non-Violence Pledge
Cleveland Non-Violence Pledge
"As chairman and on behalf of the Hispanic Roundtable, we enthusiastically take the pledge of peace and nonviolence. We are honored to be associated with two of the greatest human beings whoever lived: Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King. Most importantly, we want to be associated with the universal and eternal value of peace and dignity for all human beings, who are all created in God's image.
José C Feliciano

Have you signed the Cyber Wall of Peace and Nonviolence yet?

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Cultural and Ethnic Store
Cultural and Ethnic Store
No matter what your cultural or ethnic background is, you will find products tailored to that group in our On-Line Store.

For example, do you know a Slovenian (or Irish or Polish or Italian or...) Grandma or Grandpa who would love their own Parking Sign? Check it out. Books, DVDs, Music, Flags, Baby Items, Gourmet Foods and much more.

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 What is Cleveland's greatest asset?
Cleveland People

Sure we love the distinct 4 seasons (most of the time). And we love the great cultural and civic resources such as University Circle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cultural Gardens, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie, the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians and so much more.

But it's the people that make Cleveland special. The rich culture, traditions and, of course, food from over 100 ethnic groups makes Cleveland a much richer city.

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Welcome to Cleveland

Helping Monika

Over 1,500 of the daily visitors to ClevelandPeople.Com visit from outside the US. The website has been serving as a Virtual Welcoming Center to people from all over the world. We ask the appropriate Ambassador to assist us with specific cases.

For example, we received an e-mail from a visitor named Monika in Poland. The message was in Polish so we asked Polish Ambassador John Borkowski to translate for us.

Basically, Monika is coming to the Cleveland Clinic and is nervous. She doesn't know anyone or the language.

We sent Monika's information to many on our Polish (and other) lists and the response was terrific. Several organizations and individuals will be assisting and welcoming Monika.

What a terrific group of Cleveland People!

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Do you need a Hungarian Flag? A shirt that says "I love Slovenian girls"? How about a sign that says No Parking except for Irish Grandmother?

These and hundreds of other items for your particular ethnic group are available for browsing at our on-line store. It's safe, fast, easy and fun. And there is a wide selection you will never find in the stores!


What is Cleveland's greatest asset?
Cleveland People Sure we love the distinct 4 seasons (most of the time).

And we love the great cultural and civic resources such as University Circle, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lake Erie, the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians and so much more.

But it's the people that make Cleveland special. The rich culture, traditions and, of course, food from over 100 ethnic groups makes Cleveland a much richer city.

This site serves as a portal to reach the many interesting groups of people that make up Cleveland. While you will want to click on a link of a group that you belong to or are familiar with, why not check out some other groups and see what they have to offer?

If you are from outside the Cleveland area, even outside the US, please contact us to see what our area has to offer you and your family. We think you will be amazed at the opportunities.

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