On January 30, a couple of hundred celebrants gathered on the MWSU campus to observe the Chinese New Year’s Eve.
|The opening act|
|The large crowd enjoys the show|
|Professor Jianhua Lian conducts the evening's program|
|The traditional dragon procession|
|Tai Chi Softball|
|Some volunteers try Tai Chi Fan Dance|
|The Jiaozi station|
|Traditional tea service|
The celebration began with an impressive group dance by four lovely girls and was followed by a presentation on the origins and customs of Spring Festival delivered by Jessica Helms, a student in HON395. Students from CHI 100 and 101 sang out their best wishes in Chinese.
Dr. Junping Yang played a piece of traditional Chinese music on the Er hu, a counterpart to the violin in Western culture.
|The caligraphy station|
Dr. Pi-ming Yeh and the Visiting Scholar Xianguang Kong from Xidian University (Xi’an, Shaanxi, China) performed Tai Chi Fan and Tai Chi Softball, respectively.
After the show, attendees enjoyed traditional Spring Festival food--Jiaozi (or dumplings), together with other festival snacks and food. They were also given the opportunity to experience Jiaozi making, tea service and sampling, calligraphy writing, and paper cutting. The whole event lasted about 2 hours.
the St. Joseph News-Press's report on the event can be found here.
Congratulations to Jianhua for organizing a memorable evening! Happy New Year!