When dozens of Eden Prairie residents of Chinese descent gathered Sept. 2 to celebrate the founding of the Eden Prairie Chinese Association, they did so at Riley Lake Park, named for the 1800s family that farmed there, starting with Frank Riley.
Also an immigrant.
Frank was born in Ireland, and many of the residents gathered Saturday were born in China – opposite sides of the world. But they have all made Eden Prairie their home. They are all contributing to the fabric of a community often recognized as one of the best places in America to live and raise a family.
As Ron Case, a member of the Eden Prairie City Council and board member of the Foundation, noted: We are a nation of immigrants.
The Foundation congratulates and welcomes the new Eden Prairie Chinese Association. It can be a force in this community.
According to its board of directors, the organization aims to enrich community diversity with Chinese culture, and collaborate with other local organizations. The group also wants to support its members’ active participation in local cultural, educational, political, professional, and charitable activities.
How we read that mission: the EPCA is determined to help make Eden Prairie better. That’s a welcome and noble aim, and the Foundation stands ready to partner with EPCA, as it does with many other nonprofits in Eden Prairie.
(Do you lead a local nonprofit that is interested in connecting and collaborating with like-minded organizations in Eden Prairie? The Foundation has organized the Nonprofit Coffee Klatch, an informal group of Eden Prairie nonprofit leaders that gathers monthly for coffee to share information and support. Contact Mark Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to be notified about gatherings.)