2014 Enrichment Programs

Chinese Lunar New Year Festival

Chinese New Years 2014 Final rev 3 LR

Black DragonTibet 2 poster-Rev 1aCommunity Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) and Sierra Friends of Tibet present Little Tibet 2, a moving sequel to Director Nawang (Sonam) Anjatsang’s original film, Little Tibet, where Sonam, a young Tibetan man living in exile in the United Kingdom, visited Ladakh in search of the culture and traditions of his homeland, Tibet. In Little Tibet 2, Sonam traces his father’s footsteps through Nepal to Mustang, where the Tibetan language is still widely spoken and the traditional culture of Tibet remains. Sonam encounters a Yogi, has an audience with the King of Mustang, meets western trekkers and investigates a fascinating restoration project training local woman in traditional arts and crafts enabling them to conserve temple wall paintings that have been widely regarded as masterpieces of the fifteenth century. The film’s climax is an encounter with a veteran of the Tibetan guerrilla army who operated from bases in Mustang between the 1960s -1970s. Sonam learns about life in the 2000 strong army that included his father who fought with the guerrillas. The encounter leads him to the border of Tibet. The film will be followed by Q & A with the Director.

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CATS Goes to the Opera

Puccini’s Madame Butterfly

June 15, 2014

San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, 2:00 pm


Bus and discounted group ticket:  $175 (round trip, 18-passenger bus from Grass Valley to San Francisco).  Seating in the Orchestra Ring section (ground level).  Leaving Grass Valley at 8:00 am, with a no-host brunch at Stacks Restaurant in the San Francisco Civic Center.  1:00 pm pre-opera talk.  Show at 2:00 pm.  Music by Giacomo Puccini.  Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica.  New production.  Madame Butterfly is the inspiration to the story of Miss Saigon.

Puccini’s timeless heartbreaking tale of innocence, betrayal and sacrifice returns in a bold and beautiful production by Jun Kaneko.  Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Co-production with Opera Omaha.  Spaces limited to 18.  To register, send check for $175/person to CATS, POB 1266, Grass Valley, CA  95945, and reference, “Madame Butterly.”  First-come, first-served.  All registrations will be confirmed and details would be forthcoming.  This is an all-day trip with a return time to Grass Valley at approximately 8:00 pm.

Black DragonAncestors in the Americas:  The History and Legacy of Asians in the Americas

July 22, July 29, and Aug. 26, 2014  (Three evenings)

Madelyn Helling Library, Nevada City, 7:00 pm

Ancestors in the Americas

CATS presents a series of documentaries by the Center for Educational Telecommunications, Inc.  Showing 8 films in 3 evenings in historic chronological order about the Asian Pacific American Experience and History.  Prize-winning programs designed for general audiences.  Unknown and surprising stories come alive in intimate first person voices from the past, giving a feeling for the time and place of lived histories.  Historical sites, artifacts, and documents interwoven with local stories and analyses of renowned scholars.  Commentaries to follow each screening.  Free.  Donations gladly accepted.

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Travel with CATS to the Ancient Kingdoms

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Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia in 2014

Explore the Ancient Kingdoms with CATS for an unforgettable trip of a lifetime, as we extend our experience of Miss Saigon (Vietnam and its neighboring countries) after our April/May 2014 production.

Perhaps you’ve been there or recall the conflicts and turmoil of the Vietnam War Era.

Today, this trip could not be more different. As you travel through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia, you’ll encounter temples and shrines devoted to Buddhist, Hindu, and animist worship; romantic remnants of French Colonial architecture; and gilded palaces where royals still reside.

Along the way, you’ll meet locals in their markets and schools, and learn about traditional crafts like silk-weaving and paper-making from artisans who have practiced their trades for generations.

From the grandeur of Angkor Wat’s temples to the simplicity of life along the Mekong River, it’s an Asian adventure like none other.

It is 17 days (19 if you add the travel to and from Southeast Asia) in the Ancient Kingdoms, a tour designed by Overseas Adventure Travel. The hotels are four and three star establishments and local tour guides are included every day.

My trip was terrific. The people, places and food were all outstanding. I used the company that Diane [Fetterly] always uses and they were sterling. Overseas Adventure Travel. – Says Sandra Rockman who went recently.

See for yourself at Overseas Adventure Travel.

Cost is approximately $4500 – it varies with the departure date – plus extra for insurance (about 10% including trip interruption and very robust medical provisions including evacuation) and snacks, etc.

Departure dates in 2014:

  • August 14
  • September 18
  • October 9
  • October 26

If you are interested, please let us know as soon as possible (with your choice of a departure date) by email to Hock Tjoa at hgtjoa@gmail.com

or snail mail to Hock Tjoa, c/o CATS, P.O. Box 1266, GV 95945.  Please direct all inquiries to Hock Tjoa.

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