The First Dragon Global CLE/China Global Cross
Cultural Exchange is a three Generation Craciun Dream that is coming
It took three generations of Craciun “Pioneering” Dreamers to deliver
their Dream to the world. And it took all of that time for everything
in the world to become prepared, including me, to deliver the dream of
my immigrant ancestors to the world,
It began when Grandpa Craciun first arrived in the USA to “pioneer”
111 years ago and he met with the Chinese immigrants on West Third
Street where they bonded to protect and feed their families. At the
time my grandfather was starving to build the first Romanian Orthodox
church in the Americas, across the street from where I was born at
62nd Street on Detroit Avenue. The history of Chinese and Romanian
friendship has evolved earnestly over many centuries and the Craciun’s,
throughout our history, have reveled in it with their Chinese friends.
The Dream was kept alive in his son, my father, John J. Craciun Jr.
Late in his life my father, who suffered greatly as a veteran of WWII,
shared his father’s and his Dream with me, which I did not understand.
My father, to say the least, was very forceful where his ancestral
Dreams were concerned. To fulfill their Dream, in 1985, my father sent
me to China to “Pioneer” and to study Chinese Culture. My father &
mentor died 11 months after I arrived in China. But not before I
received his final letter to me in Macau where I was studying Mao, Sun
Yat Sen, the Father of China, and Deng Xiaoping. In it he demanded
that I die working to fulfill his and his father’s Dream.
He told me, before my departure into the unknown, that China, after
England, Germany and Japan, would become the new Number Two Economy on
earth. His Dream was that me or my son, John J. Craciun IV (Dad named
him before he was born), would market the culture of China to the
world before or after China became the new Number Two Economy on
earth. He explained to me that the global cross cultural exchange
would include only American and Chinese cultures and that it was
absolutely necessary to enhance the human condition around the world,
one person at a time. He further explained that Ignorance breeds fear.
Fear breeds prejudice. Prejudice breeds hate. And Hate breeds carnage
in all of its forms.
Before my departure to China dad gave me a poem to read, I have never
forgotten it and when I think of it I think of my Grandfather and his
Dreams for America, Romani, and China. As I understand it now, Grandpa
and Dad took care of America, my Brother Jim took care of Romania, and
I have and continue to care for China.
The Dream Poem: “Great it is to believe the Dream when standing in
youth by the starry stream,A far greater thing is to fight life
through and say at the end, the Dream came true.”
Let me ask you, if dreams come true, does it prove there is a God that
makes all thinks happen? Not until I prayed to fulfill this Dream
which I did not understand and yet dedicated my life too, only after
living the amazing five year death to life miracle of my 8th child,
Baby Grace Noelle Craciun, was The First Dragon born in Cleveland,
Within Cleveland, it’s cultural and human resources, it has taken
years to prepare for such a global dream to be fulfilled and released
to the world at this time in our global histories. In the Erie Chinese
Journal series of feature story coverage of ITM and The First Dragon?
Chinese Cross Cultural Exchange, you have read about the Literature,
Chinese art and Calligraphy, and the music that has been prepared and
merged with western art to tell the story of Chinese Culture and its
living Mythology and lore which is found in its Zodiac characters and
the deep insights they share with the human race.
We are now entering the last phase of preparation before ITM releases
The First Dragon to the world from The Rock and Roll Capital of the
world, Cleveland. ITM Associate and Venturer Lorinda Laughlin Plank is
now completing a new Manuscript that will reveal western
misconceptions regarding China’s profound relationship with the
natural world throughout the millennia. A focus on Eastern
horticultural practices reveals profound insight into their view of
the world and how to live in it and will serve to clarify their
contributions to mankind in fields such as medicine, art, literature
and philosophy, thus furthering ITM’s interest to promote a mutual
understanding of cultures through education and entertainment.
Which brings me to the last phase of modern entertainment ITM is now
producing new music and dance in Cleveland and New York City and which
this new Erie Chinese Journal feature story is presenting to you. Keep
in mind, The First Dragon Chinese Cross Cultural Exchange is all about
education and entertainment on a global level.
Love with Purpose & Follow Through on Your Dreams,
Jack Craciun III
CEO of ITMLtd.com