"For decades, the area around West-Kruiskade has been the beating heart of the Chinese-Dutch community in Rotterdam, of which Wah Nam Hong has been a proud part since 1986. As a second generation Chinese Dutchman, I have a warm heart for the Chinese-Dutch community and its many cultures. In particular, the celebration of Chinese New Year: the biggest event on the West-Kruiskade that since the 1980s has been attracting the Chinese-Dutch community, residents from all over Rotterdam and surrounding areas. The highlight is the classic lion dance, which adorns the West-Kruiskade year after year with dragons, dancers and musicians.
After a brief hiatus from 2000 and with the establishment of China Festival Foundation (SCFR) in 2010, former chairman Adriaan Schaap brought the festivities back to life. In 2015, I was given the honor of taking over the gavel from Adriaan Schaap. The SCFR has the ambition, together with its partner Vivre productions, to expand the Chinese New Year in Rotterdam into a national celebration. Chairing the SCFR gives me the opportunity to contribute to the representation and preservation of Chinese-Dutch cultures in the Dutch cultural landscape. For many, Chinese New Year is a time of being together, eating together and celebrating together. With family and friends. In the city of Rotterdam and throughout the Netherlands."