Over 1,400 attended Lunar New Year Celebration at TAMU
College Station, Texas, February 16, 2009 – Over 1,400 students, faculty, staﬀ, and their families participated in the Lunar New Year Celebration on February 12, 2009 to celebrate the Year of the Ox. The event was co-organized by the Confucius Institute (CI), Dining Services, and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), Vietnamese American Student Association (VASA) and sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank.
The evening began with a traditional drum and lion dance performance in front of Sbisa Dining Hall. Accompanied by loud drums and gongs, three lions from Shaolin Kung-Fu Academy in Houston preformed an acrobatic dance said to drive away evil spirits. The lion dance was followed by an energetic Kung Fu demonstration and a traditional Tibetan folk dance “Silence of the Sacred Mountain,” performed by CSSA volunteer Yixiao Liu. The performance was concluded with a Lunar New Year song, preformed by the Confucius Institute Chinese language and culture community class.
The crowd then walked into the red and gold themed Dining Hall to enjoy a wide selection of Asian cuisine. Interactive cultural displays provided by the Vietnamese American Student Association and the Chinese Students & Scholars Association, were very popular and included a variety of prizes for games that continued well into the night.
Ambassador Eric Bost (Ret.), new vice president for Global Initiatives at Texas A&M said the Lunar New Year Celebration was a great way to bring the campus community together.
What better way to engage students, faculty and other members of the university community in learning about other cultures than to bring them together for a festive occasion involving lots of food and fun”, said Bost “This event helps to exemplify how a commitment to learning about the culture and the traditions of others can be a truly rewarding experience”.
Dr. Emily Y. Ashworth, Executive Assistant Vice President of International Programs applauded the organizers for the opportunity to involve our university community in a celebration of Asian culture as well as a true international culinary experience.
This program took a great deal of eﬀort and coordination,” Ashworth said. “I’m delighted to see different units across campus join forces to raise international awareness.”
Dr. Randy Kluver, Director of the IPA said this is the third year Texas A&M University has celebrated the Lunar New Year, and is happy to report its continued success.
“We are continually organizing more cultural activities to raise international awareness on campus,” said Kluver. “The ongoing success of this event is a great encouragement for us.”
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