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Chinese Spring Festival

By Samrid Aryal | Freelancer
On February 15, 2012

Western presented one more color of its diversity when Chinese Student and Scholars Club hosted Chinese Spring Festival 2012 at Western.  The event was held on Sunday, Feb. 5 at the Pacific Room in Werner University Center (WUC).

Chinese Spring Festival is celebrated to represent the start of lunar New Year. 2012 is the year of the Dragon.

"Chinese Spring Festival is a medium of family gathering. Here at Western, this event serves as a way for the Chinese students to get together and increase a cultural awareness among different groups of people," states Dr. Chung-Fan Ni, Advisor of Chinese Students and Scholar Club.

There were 12 different performances. Guests and audience were also provided with a Chinese buffet.

"I think this is one of the events where we can enjoy foreign culture. I always attend this event and enjoy it. The dragon performance was very nice; I enjoyed it a lot," said Evan Morgan, community member from Monmouth.

"This event was quite successful despite the fact that it was held during the same day as the Super Bowl," said Ni.

Almost 200 participants and volunteers were present at the event. The Pacific Room at WUC was full of people during the event. The dragon dance seemed to be one of the most popular performances, as it got a very big round of applause from the audience.

"I am very excited to see all these performances. My Chinese friend brought me to this event and I am glad that I came. I did not have any plans for today, and most of my friends are gone to watch the Super Bowl," said Dyl Karbia, international student from Liberia. "I did not even know this club existed before today. I think the Chinese Club should do more events and make efforts to get more involved."

"We did a lot of hard work in terms of bringing performances, time management and many other factors to successfully hold this event. I am very happy with the turnout," said Kaihao Zheng, president of the Chinese Club. "In future years, we have to preplan the dates and reserve rooms early so that our event does not conflict with other major American events. We would have gotten lot more [attendees] if it was not on [Super Bowl Sunday]."

According to the Western Chinese Club's website, their mission is to provide the members information about the economy, culture, religion and history of China, represented by the officers and members.

Apart from Chinese Spring Festival, the Chinese Club holds a dragon ball festival, and last year the event was held with the display of dragon art in the library. There was also a barbeque held by the Chinese Club in the Monmouth Park, where it was open for everyone to participate.

The Chinese Club has also been helping in events to promote diversity on campus. They sometimes help the International Club by volunteering on International Night, community potluck dinners, local trips and events.

Diversity comes in many different forms; Chinese students at Western gave a small taste of that diversity to Western students and the community by organizing the Chinese Spring Festival. The club further commits to make efforts to organize a lot more events and be active on campus.

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