Meeting the First Lady of Taiwan at the Cloud Gate Dance Performance

Vancouver, BC – Taiwan’s first lady Chow Mei-ching (Christine Ma) arrived in Vancouver Thursday as the honorary head of the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, the first time Taiwan’s first lady has visited Canada since diplomatic ties were severed between the two countries in 1970.

Chow was greeted at the airport by a group of more than 40 Taiwanese expatriates.

She pictured here with Showcase Pianos owner Manuel Bernaschek after the Cloud Gate performance on Friday at the Cultural Olympiad being held in the Canadian city.

The first lady will also attend a book donation ceremony at the Vancouver Public Library and read story books to local children.

She will also visit the “Lantern Forest” — a corridor that displays thousands of lanterns decorated by children from Canada and Taiwan — and an exhibition featuring the works of Taiwanese installation artist Michael Lin at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Before arriving in Vancouver, the first lady had accompanied the Cloud Gate dancers to Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

They are scheduled to return to Taiwan Feb. 9.

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