Chinese Culture Club honors Chinese New Year


To ring in the new year, members of Chinese Culture Club and Chinese Honor Society transformed the courtyard into a Chinese night market with bubble tea stands, karaoke, Chinese yo-yo, calligraphy lessons and traditional Chinese games. This was held on Feb. 8 during all lunches to help bring awareness of Chinese culture.

“Some students might have had a general knowledge of how the Chinese New Year is celebrated but not the full understanding of it,” Chinese teacher Jia Li said. “[Students] can understand a lot more about the culture, how the event is celebrated and the importance of the Spring Festival.”

Students were invited to watch traditional Chinese performances in the auditorium during eighth period. The performances included a traditional fan dance, Kung Fu Martial Arts, an instrumental music performance, and a Pipa solo, which is an instrument used for playing traditional Chinese folk music. Senior Jianing Wang said she feels as though it is her responsibility to celebrate Chinese cultural events, especially through the work of her traditional dance.

“Many people are unaware of the Chinese culture or mistake it with other eastern Asian countries,” Wang said. “Since the Chinese culture is underappreciated, I joined the performance to bring awareness of my culture in this diverse school.”

At the end of the performance, Ms. Li picked raffle numbers and invited members from the audience to come to the stage to receive prizes. The prizes included hats, candy and other traditional Chinese toys.

“In the Chinese New Year, it is a tradition for the elders to hand out a red envelope filled with money to their children,” Ms. Li said. “So, we tried to relate it to the raffle by having the raffle numbers in the red envelopes.”

Wang helped with setting up and decorating for the Chinese New Year Event. She said she tried to make the decorations seem as authentic as possible by including a lot of colors and lights.

“My partner in organizing and decorating, Hannah Kim, and I thought of the best way of bringing China to Cypress,” Wang said. “With bright bolts of red and gold, we definitely brought a beautiful and bright look of China to light.”

Immediately after the performance, audience members were invited to a reception in The Wave for the remainder of eighth period, where they could enjoy a traditional Chinese dinner served by the members of the clubs.

“In many celebrations in all culture, a feast is often provided,” Ms. Li said. “This resembles family sit together to celebrate the new year with a big feast, and that is why we includedthe feast.”

Junior Brandon Chin took part in the martial arts and kung fu performances. Chin is in neither club, however, he wanted to participate in the event, anyways. He said he tried to make the performance as thrilling as possible to keep the audience at the edge of their seats.

“To be prepared for the event, I have been practicing my routines at home and at my martial arts academy,” Chin said. “The Chinese New Year is very important to me; in fact, I would say it’s my favorite holiday.”

Chinese culture is very important to Chin, and he said he was very glad it was celebrated at the Bay.

“I feel that Chinese culture is very forgotten and cast to the side. There are also many negative stereotypes that obscure what Chinese culture truly is,” Chin said. “I was eager to participate in this event, so I could educate our school more and I showcase just how beautiful Chinese culture is.”

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