Indianapolis To Host Chin Food Aid Concert After California
18 November, 2009: The fifth in a series of Chin Food Aid Concerts in the US is to take place in Indianapolis this Friday and Saturday after two successfully held in San Francisco and Los Angeles on 7 and 14 November 2009.
As part of global campaign against starvation in Burma’s Chin State, the concert was organised respectively in San Francisco by Chin Youth Organisation (CYO) and in Los Angeles by Southern California Chin-Mizo Association.
President of CYO in San Francisco, David Lian Suan Mung, said: “We are happy and proud to see the Chin artists performing so well in a big city like San Francisco to help our people suffering from mautam. The success of our concert really signified unity of the Chin people.”
An outstanding performance of Chin artists, Sung Tin Par, Dawt Hlei Hniang, Solomon Menrihai and Salai Tawna, together with ‘The Coral Band’ much impressed the audiences in two of the most beautiful cities in America.
“Those who have suffered much from mautam food crisis are our real brothers and sisters. We show our love and care for one another by sharing what each one of us can do, without having any parochial chauvinistic attitudes, for this humanitarian cause,” said Pi Mawii on behalf of the concert’s organising body in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles concert started off with a song ‘God Bless America’ by Zomi youngster Kyin Mung, which was then followed by a heart-breaking powerpoint presentation on the current situation of Chin rat-plagued mautam.
In Los Angeles, the concert became even more entertaining as Burmese talented singer Ni Ni Win Shwe and San Diego-based Chin youths also featured.
Chin food aid concerts in San Francisco and Los Angeles had been attended and supported by peoples from Burma including Karen, Shan, Kachin, Burmese and other ethnic nationalities.
Salai Jordan Cinzah, Manager of Chin artists during the US tour, said: “The achievements so far are a collective result obtained purely in collaboration with Chin churches, youths and individuals across the United States, and we are happy to hear about the excitement of thousands of Chin people waiting for the concerts in Indianapolis and Washington DC.”
It is estimated that there are more than 4,000 Chins living in the capital of Indiana State, Indianapolis, the 14th largest city in the US.
The last concert of the US tour will take place in Washington DC on 27 November, 2009.