The Year of the Dragon

It’s the year of the dragon.  To help us celebrate, Maryville’s Culture Connects (MCC) sponsored an Asian New Year celebration for staff, students and community members. This even was a great way for students to see how some of the Asian cultures celebrate the beginning of the New Year

The students in MCC worked hard to put on this event. They were very fortunate to have students from the St. Louis Modern Chinese School help with the event. Not only students put on the performances from the St. Louis Modern Chinese School, but members of MCC did as well. Dr. Guangwei Fan, professor of mathematics and actuarial science, and his wife demonstrated the Chinese art of calligraphy.

One hit of the evening was a song sung by three members of MCC. Chennan Wang, Mingzhen Yao and Kristen Lang sang “Welcome to Beijing” from the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Audience members started clapping along with the beat. It brought us all back back to the amazing opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics.

Four member of MCC also performed a Tibetan dance. The audience was full of faculty, students and community members. It was great to see everyone come out and show support for other cultures.

MCC held a raffle for three “Girl in Translation” books, a set of chopsticks, a Chinese vase and a Chinese tea set. To end an evening of performances, all of the members of MCC danced to “We’re All In This Together” from “High School Musical”. After the performances were over, everyone received a free t-shirt and traditional Asian treats.

Thank you MCC for a great evening of entertainment.