(Effie Chen from Vienna, Austria) Situated in the heart of Central Europe, Vienna is the world capital of music and home to many important international organizations. The headquarters of OPEC as well as one of the four UN offices are located here. On October 20, 2017, Vienna became an international city of peace when over 600 honored guests from 35 nations gathered in Wiener Rathaus, the city hall of Vienna, to attend the Flame of Peace’s annual reception. At the event, spectacular cultural exchanges were conducted, and global peace promoters were united to strongly call for world peace.

Taipei 2017, the 29th Summer Universiade kicked off on Aug. 19, with athletes competing from over 140 nations. This is a great opportunity to let the world see Taiwan and an occasion for sports competition and cultural exchange. The awe-inspiring overture to the event was presented by Tai Ji Men at the Taipei Municipal Stadium at 6:00 p.m. Tai Ji Men’s ancient Tai Ji Formation, titled “Passing on the Torch, Heart to Heart,” was publicly presented for the first time in thousands of years. The ever-changing formation contained sub-formations as Tai Ji Men dizi (similar to student) constantly moved and changed the formation.

Renowned for its excellence in preserving Chinese culture, Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy hosted the 2017 Chinese New Year Gathering on February 26th in the City of Walnut, welcoming community members to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Rooster with traditional cultural flair. Over one hundred people participated in the event, and everyone had a blast!

Mayor Eric Ching of Walnut presented a certificate of appreciation, acknowledging Tai Ji Men’s contribution in global promotion of love and peace and spreading positive energy and cultural exchange within the community. He also urged the collaboration between the City of Walnut and Tai Ji Men in the near future to bring more goodness into the community! In addition, there were numerous dignitaries in attendance, including Consul General Aung Kyaw Zan of Myanmar in Los Angeles and his wife; Angie Shaw, representative of California Senator Josh Newman; Nancy Tragarz, councilmember of the City of Walnut; Helen Hall, member of the Walnut Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees; Jack Tanaka, former mayor of the City of Diamond Bar and Mrs. Tanaka; Mary Ng, vice president of the Chinese American Association of Walnut; and Victor Hung, president of Liok-Kui Foundation. The honored guests took a commemorative photo together as they jointly held a huge bamboo sieve bountifully filled with freshly handmade Chinese rice balls symbolizing unity and fulfillment to wish everyone a joyous and smooth-sailing year!

Nearly 200 people from 18 nations gathered in the City of Walnut, California on Sept. 13, 2015 to celebrate the International Love and Peace Day and the 15th anniversary of Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy in Los Angeles. Through various activities such as cultural performances, choral presentations, and forums, the attendees used concrete actions to support love and peace.  They hoped to encourage more people to spread the seeds of love and peace, instilling more positive energy into today’s turbulent world.

The event was graced by honored guests including Lauren Pong, representative of Congressman Ed Royce; council members of the City of Walnut Eric Ching, "Tony" Cartagena, and Nancy Tragarz; Dr. Tony Torng, member of the Walnut Valley Unified School District Board; Angelena Pride, member of the Rowland Unified School District Board; Nelson Huang, chair of APAPA-Southern California Regional HQ; Sukhee Kang, former mayor of Irvine; etc.  The guests hailed from 18 nations such as Korea, Iran, Russia, Panama, etc.; while others traveled from Northern California, Ventura County, and Beverly Hills to attend the event.

On the beautiful afternoon of March 8 at Cal Poly Pomona, Tai Ji Men presented a series of spectacular cultural performances that touched the hearts of over100 attendees of different ethnic backgrounds; the energetic and jubilant program gave the participants a taste of traditional Chinese New Year!

On March 8, which happened to be the start of this year’s Daylight Saving Time and represented the arrival of spring, Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy in Los Angeles and Cal Poly English Language Institute teamed up to host the 2015 Chinese New Year Gathering to allow people in the local communities to experience the traditions and customs of Chinese New Year.