Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration

Winnie Wong

The guzheng is a plucked-string traditional musical instrument that has existed in China for over 2500 years.

The San Leandro Public Library will celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Winnie Wong, guzheng musician, Thursday, May 30, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro. Admission is free. The guzheng is a plucked-string traditional musical instrument that has existed in China for over 2500 years. The modern guzheng, Japanese koto, Korean gayageum and Mongolian yatga developed from the traditional Chinese guzheng, making the instrument an extremely important piece of Asian musical culture. Winnie Wong has been playing the guzheng since 1983 and began performing by the age of five. She has performed throughout California and in China. In 1990, she was promoted to the position of the Director of the San Francisco Guzheng Music Society’s Youth Ensemble. She became a music instructor in 1992 and began composing soon afterwards. In 2003, she co-founded the China’s Spirit Music Ensemble, a traditional Chinese musical ensemble. For more information about this library program, call (510) 577-3971.
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