On June 3, 2018, the 8th Tai Chi & Health Qigong Festival was successfully held in North Hempstead of Long Island, New York, USA. Hundreds of Tai Chi and Health Qigong enthusiasts gathered in the Community Center stadium and demonstrated Tai Chi and Health Qigong Da Duan Jin.
Mr. Li Liyan, the cultural counsellor of the Consulate of China in New
York and Ms. Judi Bosworth, the mayor of the Town of North Hempstead attended
the event. In his speech, Mr. Li said that Tai Chi and Qigong are two of the gems
of Chinese culture and also playing important and specific roles in the multiculture
of the world, which can not only make people healthier but also help promote the
harmony of the communities, furthermore, they are windows through which the world
will understand China well and belts connecting China and US by which the Sino-US
friendship has been enhanced. Ms. Bosworth expressed her appreciation to the
local Chinese organizations for their efforts on promoting Chinese Tai Chi and
Health Qigong, which has brought the local community the chance to experience the
orient ancient culture and contributed a lot for the development of the communities,
based on which, she presented a promotion award to the Tai Chi Qigong Association of America, the organizer of this event.
The activities consisted of group performance, specific demonstration, master show and expert instructing, etc. In the guide of Mr. Chen Sitan, the former World Tai Chi Champion and current American Tai Chi & Health Qigong Center, hunreads of participants demonstrated Health Qigong Ba Duan Jin and Tai Chi together. In the afternoon, A forum about health preservation was held which has attracted many audiences.
（Words/pictures from Consulate of China in New York and Tai Chi Qigong Association of America)