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Chinatown Mascot Naming Launch!

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Panda the “Muse” ----- the first Chinatown mascot in the world! The Chinatown Mascot Project was a collaborated effort and idea of the board members and youth members of Vancouver Chinatown BIA Society (VCBIA). The idea is to develop a mascot that would provide a recognizable identity for Vancouver’s Chinatown. This mascot will complement the existing Chinatown culture with Vancouver’s uniqueness and diverse multiculturalism. The Mascot will be the ambassador of Chinatown in promoting the area.

The Chinatown Mascot Project was made possible with the support of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Vancouver. With their assistance and connection, the Chinatown Mascot costumes were produced and donated by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of P. R. China. VCBIA launched the ambassador Mascot in celebrating the 125th anniversary of Vancouver Chinatown and in promoting Chinatown.

The Chinatown Mascot Panda was first introduced at the 2010 Chinatown Festival in the summer. It was welcomed by the public and especially the kids. VCBIA had launched a “Naming Campaign” and invited the public to submit a name for the Mascot. The participants at the Festival can fill in the Naming Form at the information booth on site, or the public can submit it on line. Over 500 Names were received; among them, plenty of interesting, meaningful and beautiful names in Chinese and in English. Ultimately, the name "Van Van" (Chinese name 『威威』) was chosen.

The naming launch will be held on Dec 3rd, 2010 Friday 11:00 am at the Hall of One Hundred Rivers of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens in Chinatown. Many VIP's will join our launching event among them His Worship Mayor Gregor Robertson, Councillor Suzanne Anton, Councillor George Chow, Councillor Kerry Jang, Councillor Raymond Louie, Joyce Murray – MP for Vancouver Quadra, Consul General Shugen Liang of the People's Republic of China and Wade Grant from the Musqueam First Nation. "Van Van" bears many important responsibilities: appealing to children and tourists from around the globe, representing the community and reflecting the essence of Vancouver Chinatown.

“Van Van” will appear at the Children Christmas Party on Dec 16th, 2010 hosted by the Lu'ma Native Housing Society at Downtown Eastside. VCBIA's Youth Group is currently considering a number of events for "Van Van" such as assisting the Vancouver Food Bank.

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