While some students spent their Thursday night studying in the dorms, other students had the opportunity to experience Chinese culture first-hand.
The International Allies Organization, International Student and Scholars Office, Center for Multicultural Initiatives, Chinese Friendship Association, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, China Association, Asian American Association hosted the Chinese New Year Celebration on Thursday, Feb. 3 in the Gold Rooms of the Oakland Center.
“This was the most well-attended event so far,” said Petra Knoche, assistant director of the International Students and Scholars Office. “I think it was because it was on the actual date of the beginning of Chinese New Year (this year).”
The event featured a variety of activities, including Chinese food, calligraphy, Chinese paper cutting and carving display, which is the Chinese version of origami, dancing, skits and performances.
For some students, attendance to the event was recommended by their professor to experience the celebration. Blaze Hill, a junior majoring in biochemistry, was one of these students.
“(This event) was a very good opportunity to learn a new things about the culture… and earn extra credit … I respect their culture and the way that they teach their kids,” Hill said, a student in the Chinese 115 course.
Angelica Dimson, a freshmen with an undecided major and a member of the IAA, said that she enjoyed the event.
“It was very interesting to see how different cultures are,” she said. “My favorite part was when the little boy was doing the Kung Fu. It was more graceful than on television and less violent. It was cute when a little boy was doing it.”
Shakita Billy, a junior majoring in political science, makes time for this event every year.
“It’s something I enjoy doing,” Billy said. “I enjoy the culture, dancing, food — the whole event.”
At the event’s close, student volunteers passed out good luck charms, which consisted of red envelopes with candy money in it, replacing the real money that is typically handed out in China.
The next cultural experience, European Night, will be held on Friday, March 7 from 4-7 p.m. in the Gold Rooms of the Oakland Center.