TAMPA — The Florida Chinese Cultural Center celebrated it’s grand opening Saturday with folk dancing, music and moon cake.
About 100 people — including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn — packed into the new community center at 13367 N 56th St. to celebrate the opening of a building dedicated to Chinese culture.
“The opening of this cultural center is integral to the preservation of the Chinese community in Tampa,” said Howard Yu, chairman of the new Florida Chinese Cultural Center.
It is meant to be a home away from home for people who want to socialize, play games and learn about aspects of Chinese language, art and history, said Wei Xue, communications manager for the center. There always have been various Chinese cultural organizations, but the new community hub provides people with a permanent location for children and senior activities, language classes and entertainment.
“We want it to introduce Chinese culture to the people of Tampa Bay,” Xue said.