For Immediate Release
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Contact: Arizona Foundation of Chinese Religious Rights
Phoenix, AZ-- After President Trump visited the Forbidden City in Beijing and tweeted about it, local Chinese Americans in Phoenix Arizona are calling on him visit here and to help save the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center. The world has now seen the wonderful craftsmanship used to build both the Forbidden City in Beijing and the Chinese cultural Center in Phoenix. Now that the President of the United States has seen the Forbidden City firsthand, Chinese Americans will stand before the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center today at 4:30 PM and ask the President to come to Phoenix and show support for the effort to save the Garden and Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center.
"How ironic that on the same week our President visits the Forbidden City in China our City officials issue a permit to demolish the inside of the Chinese Cultural Center here at home," said Jonathan Frutkin of Radix Law, who represents the Arizona foundation for Chinese Religious Rights.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted that he had an unforgettable experience at the Forbidden City in Beijing and expressed his appreciation to President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan invited US president Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump to the palace museum, also known as the Forbidden City, after the US president started his state visit to China on Wednesday afternoon. During the tour, Xi briefed the visiting couple on the history, architecture and culture of the museum, noting its importance to Chinese history and culture. Xi said that “Chinese civilization is a unique lasting culture in the world that passed down through generations consistently.” Xi added, “We call ourselves descendants of dragons"
Why is the Forbidden City so important? The Forbidden City was home to China’s royal families for 500 years, from 1420 to 1912. Today, it is a house for more than 1.8 million historical artifacts. The Palace Museum has a team of specialists working to protect all these valuable items, and the Imperial Palace Heritage Conservation Center, informally called the “Relic Hospital”, opened in the grounds in 2016.
Outside the museum on Wednesday the President spoke to his Chinese counterpart about history and how important it is. Trump noted that only the Egyption's had a longer history, 8000 years, then the Chinese. Now that he has seen the Forbidden City, it is the sincere hope of Arizona Chinese Americans that the President will visit here in Phoenix to see the same workmanship by the same family of artisans in our country. They will meet today at the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center to formally invite the President and Mrs. Trump to come to Arizona to see the same craftsmanship and help preserve the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center.
When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 4:30 PM
Where: Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center 668 North 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ
Further Info.: 480-758-2863