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CHO FU LAI
Frank was born in Beijing, China and came to the United States in 1947.
Self-taught, Frank played the hu-chin and was one of the founding members of the Chinese Opera Club in New York City.
Having studied Chinese brush painting with master C. C. Wang, Frank opened Mi Chou, the first gallery in the United States to exclusively feature Chinese artists.
Expert tea taster and blender, Frank traveled extensively in search of fine teas that could be imported and distributed in the United States.
Frank's brother was killed by Japanese troops near the conclusion of WWII. In memory of Cho Huan-Lai, Frank's dying wish was to establish an endowed fund to support academic research at Macalester College.
The Chinese Opera Association of New York was founded in 1951 by four graduate students — P.C. Chao (Lowell Textile Institute), Alpha Chiang (Columbia University), Frank Cho (Harvard Business School), Peter Hao (New York University). They shared a deep interest in Chinese opera (Peking opera) as an art form and many of the members of the association had extensive training in singing and acting in their native China. The Association presented its first public performance on December 19, 1953, at the auditorium of Fordham University. The Association continues to this day and recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.