Chinese gallery stages tea ceremony to fight ‘coronavirus-led' racism

Sunzen Art Gallery is launching a tea ceremony and tasting to promote positive attitude towards Chinese and raise funds for the prevention and treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19).

“The recent outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) from Wuhan, China leads to a global concern of this rapidly spreading disease,” said a news release. “While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau states that Canada is standing by China fight against COVID-19, the recent news about several racism cases targeting Asians disappoints a lot of immigrants and people who have lived on this land for many years.”

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Graffiti saying “China Virus” has appeared on bus stop billboards. 

To support the knowledge sharing of COVID-19 and promote anti-racism, this Vancouver gallery will host a pay-by-donation event – recreating a warm and casual tea gathering event performed in Chinese family – on Feb. 23 to build connections between people.

The tea ceremony will feature aged Pu’er Tea from the “birthplace of tea” Yunan Province, as well as snack pairings. Flyers about COVID-19 basic information and prevention will be distributed to help people know more about this virus. 100% of the raised fund will be donated to Vancouver General Hospital to support the research and treatment of COVID-19. 

Event Details:

Tea Ceremony and Tasting: February 23rd, 2020, 1:00 – 5:00 PM @ Sunzen Art Gallery, 420 Howe Street, Vancouver.

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