“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but
in getting up every time we do.” -Confucius
Confucius was a sage, a philosopher, a writer and a teacher,
who lived in China more than 2 millennia ago. Through this quote, he
expressed the importance of trying again after every failure.
This year, we are taking this quote into account as the city of
Cleveland celebrates One World Day for the 69th year. One World Day
celebrates the different cultures of Cleveland and takes place in
the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, an array of gardens that stretch
across Rockefeller Park. Through the years, these gardens have been
the targets of hate crimes and vandalism. But each time the gardens
were vandalized, the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation and the
various nationalities of Cleveland repaired them. Every time the
gardens fell, they were repaired.
To mark the year before the centennial of the first Cultural
Garden was built in 1916, this year’s festival will feature a parade
that starts at the Chinese Garden next to Wade Lagoon. The Chinese
Garden is included in the celebration agenda of the Federation for
the first time since its establishment in 1985. In an effort to make
this important day spectacular, the Chinese Cultural Garden
Associate will finish repairs on the garden that have been in
progress since the aftermath of Mitt Romney's campaign speech in
Cleveland which targeted Chinese. However, funding this last stage
of restoration, which includes pressure-hosing, concrete and paint
repairs, will be costly. In addition, there will be activities
including Dragon Dance, Performance of Chinese Dance, as well as
Tree Planting to honor all teachers in the Chinese Garden.
We are asking everyone to help us reach the $12,500 needed to
restore the Chinese Cultural Garden. All donations are
tax-deductible and are made to the Chinese Cultural Garden
Association, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, an organization run
by volunteers with passion to Chinese Culture without any funding
supports. All donation will be used 100% towards repair and
maintenance of the Chinese Garden. Any donation will be appreciated,
and will help to make Chinese Garden a better place, and Cleveland a
diverse and beautiful city to call home.
As Confucius said thousands of years ago, our greatest glory is not
in never falling, but in getting up every time we do. This year, the
people of Cleveland especially the Chinese Garden together with
Chinese people will stand up, and we would love for you to be part
Thank you very much in advance for your contribution and support!
Please make check out to The Chinese Cultural Garden Association, P.
O. Box 770-637, Cleveland, Ohio 44107-1504.
Anthony Yun-Tai Yen,
Chairman, Chinese Cultural Garden Association