Phoenix Chinese Week History - Early Years
By Lucy Yuen
Beginning in 1989, there was growing interest in offering a Chinese New Year event in Phoenix. Mr. Clarence Teng, an administrator at the Samaritan Hospital and also a member of the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission, was responsible for the fruition of this dream. With the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission as the co-sponsor, Mr. Teng gained the assistance of both the Chinese United Association of Greater Phoenix and the Chinese Restaurant Association of Arizona, to hold the first festival in January 1991 at Patriots’ Park in downtown Phoenix, where the event would situate for the next 7 years.
Phoenix Chinese Week was incorporated as a non-profit organization and received its Federal Tax-exempt designation as a 501(c)(3) entity in 1995. In 1998, under the leadership of Anna Lee, Phoenix Chinese Week relocated its festival to the Chinese Cultural Center.
Organizing the Phoenix Chinese Week Festival has involved government offices and organizations, among them Phoenix Sister Cities Commission, Chengdu Sister City Committee, Taipei Sister City Committee, Chinese Restaurant Association, Chinese United Association of Greater Phoenix, American Legion Post #50, Desert Jade Woman’s Club, and a number of local Chinese language schools.
Through more than 30 years, Phoenix Chinese Week has been led by these dedicated presidents: Steve Yang, Albert Lin, Eric Chan, Mai Young, Anna Lee, K.C. Tang, Tony Tang, Lin Ling Lee, Wen Chyi Chiu, Jason Yee, Danny Young, Eva Li, Elaine Wong and Diana Ho. This signature event for the local community year after year would not have been possible without the time, energy and dedication of these presidents and countless volunteers.
Margaret T. Hance Park - 2014 - 2020
Phoenix Chinese Week moved its Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival to Margaret T. Hance Park in 2014. After a hiatus of two-years, this annual in-person festival will be back in 2023 at the Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix.