The Chinese New Year celebration is not new at UNCG, but this year’s on-campus celebration on Friday, Feb. 3, will bring in more local community members than ever before. The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures has worked with the Greensboro Chinese Association, New Mind Education, the UNCG School of Education and the UNCG Chinese Student Association to expand the celebration on campus.
“It is our hope to create an opportunity for students to come together to celebrate and share their rich cultural heritages with everyone on the UNCG campus,” said Dr. Meiqing Sun, lecturer in Chinese Studies and director of Chinese Studies (2016-17).
The afternoon event, in the Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom, will be from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Activities will include painting Chinese fans and a New Year’s mural, lessons in Chinese cooking, such as dumpling-folding, exposure to Chinese tea culture, instruction in Chinese writing, games, multimedia presentations and opportunities to watch traditional dance performances, listen to traditional songs and sample authentic Chinese food. The individual stations will involve the efforts of a variety of UNCG students—Chinese international students, students who are learning Chinese and those interested in Chinese culture—as well as local community members.
An evening performance in the EUC auditorium, coordinated the UNCG Chinese Student Association and Greensboro Chinese Association, will feature UNCG student performers and student performers from the Greensboro Chinese School, a Sunday language and cultural heritage school housed in the School of Education building at UNCG. Those performances will begin at 6 p.m.
Both events free and open to the public, and appropriate for families, though seating for the evening event is limited. For this event, visitors can park for free in the Oakland Parking Deck. After 5 p.m., visitors can also park on surface lot #7. Click here for more information regarding parking on campus.
By Susan Kirby-Smith
Visual: A New Mind Education celebration from a previous year. New Mind Education is a part of this year’s celebration at UNCG.
Correction: The date is Feb. 3. The day, Friday, has been corrected in the copy.