ONLINE: Tea Traditions and Chinese Traditional Holidays
Prepare for the Lunar New Year by learning about tea traditions and Chinese traditional holidays! The history of tea dates back to ancient China, almost 5,000 years ago, and tea is an important part of Chinese traditions. Join Melody Ren, a practitioner in Chinese Tea to explore this wonderful culture with relaxation, spirituality and pleasure!
Melody Ren was a senior wine educator and consultant in Shanghai, China before she came to the U.S. in 2019. She holds a WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Diploma from the U.K., a master’s degree in International Business from Grenoble Ecole de Management in France, and she is now working on her MA in Applied Linguistics at Portland State University. Her experience in France combined her interest in fine arts since she majored in art design as an undergraduate and led her to the wine world. Before pursuing a career as a wine educator, she had been working for trade organizations such as American Forest & Paper Association, Idaho State Trade Office, U.S. Commercial Service of Consulate General in Shanghai and South Australia State Government China Office. During her career in wine, she has a long working experience with Oregon Wine Board, Washington State Wine, California Family Winemakers, California Wine Institute and Napa Vintner in China market, responsible for organizing tasting events, master classes and seminars, and conducting educational classes. Melody has wide connections with the wine industry players in the China market, and have helped couples of Oregon wines export to China. Since she moved to LO, she has been volunteering in teaching wine tasting through both online Zoom and in person classes on a regular basis. She is now working on a project combining wine education with language learning and socialization.
Lake Oswego Chinese Council
On October 8th, 2019, the Lake Oswego Chinese Council was established as a domestic nonprofit corporation to help educate the Lake Oswegonian public about the Chinese culture and Chinese American history in Lake Oswego. The mission of the Lake Oswego Chinese Council (LOCC) is to serve as a bridge between the people of Lake Oswego/Oregon and the Lake Oswego Chinese Community in promoting greater understanding of the cultural awareness and being a community resource for all. For more information: https://lochinese.org/
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