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White House state dinner includes martial artist Jackie Chan
Posted on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 7:47 am
by IDMA Editor

No Chinese food on the menu tonight for the state dinner at the White House for Chinese President Hu Jintao - it's all-American steak and potatoes. But there are plenty of Chinese Americans on the guest list: Designer Vera Wang, actors B.D. Wong and Jackie Chan, artist/architect Maya Lin, Olympic skater Michelle Kwan, and even Rupert Murdoch's Chinese-born wife Wendi Deng Murdoch all made the cut, along with a gaggle of Chinese-American members of Congress and the Obama administration.

Photo of Jackie Chan

Photo of actor B.D. Wong

Photo of designer Vera Wang

But Barbra Streisand also is on the list, along with her husband, actor James Brolin. So is Vogue's Anna Wintour, musician Herbie Hancock, Walt Disney honcho Robert Iger and his wife Willow Bay, ABC's Christiane Amanpour and her husband, ex-State Department spokesman James Rubin, plus a clutch of other big-foot journalists like New York Times journo power couple Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, who won Pulitzers for their work covering China. Former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton (and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) are on the list, but not former President George H.W. Bush, a former ambassador to China.

Photo of Singer/Actress Barbara Streisand

Photo of Disney honcho Robert Igar

Photo of current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton

The 200 guests, spread out between the East Room, Red Room and State Dining Room, will listen to jazz as they dine on dry-aged rib-eye steak with buttermilk-crisp onions, double-stuffed potatoes and creamed spinach, plus pear salad, poached Maine lobster with orange-glazed carrots and black trumpet mushrooms, topped off with apple pie and ice cream, according to the menu released by the White House late Wednesday.

Photo of the Red Room after it was prepared for a State Dinner at the White House - Photo by Brendan Smialowski, Getty Images

Photo of East Room in the White House

Photo of State Room in the White House

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