US-China Peoples Friendship Association Houston
Holocaust Museum Houston
Cordially invite You
An Exhibition Opening
At 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Christ the King Lutheran Church
2353 Rice Blvd
Houston, Texas 77005
Meet the professional staffs & Chinese officials on Jewish Studies from Harbin, China
Enjoy food and drink
The event is free of charge but
RSVP to Penn Williamson by May 23, 2010
The city of Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang province in northern Manchuria, northeast China. Harbin is originally a Manchu word meaning "a place for drying fishing nets". Harbin bears the nicknames "The Pearl on the swan's neck" because the shape of Heilongjiang resembles a swan, and "Oriental Moscow" or "Oriental Paris" for the architecture in the city. Harbin is also known as "Ice City" for its long and cold winter. This city is most famous for its beautiful display of ice sculpture in the winter.
Harbin once had the largest Jewish population in the Far East.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, it was the largest political, economic and cultural centre for the Jewish people in the region. The first Jews arrived to Harbin from Russia and Eastern Europe in 1898, with the beginning of the construction of the trans-Siberian railway linking Moscow and Beijing.
The Jews in Harbin Photo Exhibition documents the history and life of Jewish people living in Harbin in the past century. Over 100 pictures carefully selected from more than 500 pictures will paint an accurate picture of Jewish life in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang, a province bordering Russia, where the Jewish community made enormous contributions to the development and prosperity of Harbin.