By: Alyson Robinson
The International Programs and Services Office, along with the new Chinese Studies Program, held the first celebration of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. The event was held on Monday, September 12th in the Ware Center Theatre.
The program featured performances by Professors Yen Ye, Sun Tinting and Huang Jianjun. Ye and Tinting sang and performed Changquan, which is a type of Chinese KungFu. Jianjun completed Chinese calligraphy and Taichi, another form of Chinese Kungfu.
“I really enjoyed it, the students are active and cooperative,” said Tinting.
Other performers from China included guitarist Hiroshi, Liu Yue, Chen Lingyue, and Sophomore Daniel Cooper.
Cooper, a New Jersey native, was also cheered on by his comrades after his performance of the song Hua Tian.
Lingyue received a resounding applause because of how well she played an instrument that is the Chinese version of the violin. It is made from pine trees, horsetail and snakeskin.
“It was so beautiful,” said Antoneal Lawrence.
To somewhat replicate the Chinese tradition, they decorated the theatre’s stage. In China the Mid-Autumn festival takes place on the day before the first full moon during the 8th month on the lunar calendar. They light paper lanterns and watch them float up into the sky with a red and orange glow.
Yen Ye, whose English name is Christie said, “It was not that easy to put it together, we came late and had a short time to do this.” She also said that it was highly requested by the professors that the lanterns were up for show time.
This year Chinese professors are here to offer a trial run of Chinese language courses. The success of this activity will offer an indication in the future for the continuation of Chinese as a course.
“I’m looking forward to working with the Chinese teachers to promote the Chinese language and of course study abroad,” said Connie Lundy, Director of International Programs and Services.