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Dragonboat Festival

Dragonboat Festival

• What: Dragonboat Festival 2013. • When: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. • Where: Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road. • Cost: Free admission; food for purchase. $15 for kids to enter the dragonboat races, which includes the dragonboat and lunch. • Details, registration: For m…

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Cuisines converge at cultural event

Cuisines converge at cultural event

Volunteers gather to make 800 zongzi - or Chinese tamales - for Saturday's Dragonboat Festival. A boat of softened Chinese bamboo leaves is filled, closed, tied and boiled for four hours.

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Cuisines converge at cultural event

Cuisines converge at cultural event

Sally Lee, left, and Jeanie Gin, who have known each other for 60 years, joined other volunteers to assemble the Chinese tamales for the Saturday's Dragon Boat Festival at the Chinese Cultural Center.

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Cuisines converge at cultural event

Cuisines converge at cultural event

Volunteers add peanuts to a mixture of uncooked rice, salt, sugar and powdered chicken broth to make the base for zongzi, or Chinese tamales.

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Cuisines converge at cultural event

Cuisines converge at cultural event

Chinese bamboo leaves wrap zongzi. The leaves were soaked in water for three days, boiled in salt and vinegar, and rinsed. The resulting flexible leaves are ready to be shaped to hold fillings.

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Cuisines converge at cultural event

Cuisines converge at cultural event

The stories about the origin of China's Duanwu Festival (Dragonboat Festival) vary depending on the teller.

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