While the Dragon Boat Festival’s root is in an ancient folk ritual held over the past 2000 years throughout southern China, dragon boat racing has emerged in modern times as an international sport, beginning in Hong Kong in 1976.
As a Chinese American I enjoy celebrating this long held tradition, right here in St Paul. I’ve been attending the local Dragon Boat Festival since my daughter was 5 years old as both a participant and Target volunteer.
It’s a festival that encourages playful and interactive learning of Pan –Asian cultures, creates a renewed sense of cultural authenticity and engages Target with our local community in a family friendly and of course boat racing competitiveness. 🙂
Each year I’m excited to watch the familiar shows and performance and always delighted to see something new. A great way to spend quality time with family, in the Minnesota outdoors, of course, on a lake.
This year Target joined the community with just over a 100 Volunteers, gave away 10,000 Target giveaways, organized four kids activity stations and participated in the Boat Race with more than 25 Target paddlers.
We’re proud to report we place 1st in Best T-Shirt Design among all the corporate participants and 3rd during our Saturday Boat Race. Go Target!
Post from Mylinh, Co-Chair of the Asian Business Council
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