By Brenda Winn
This past Friday, the SLU Chinese Student Union hosted a Chinese New Year Celebration in Eben Holden. At the show, there were videos showings, and both dance and musical performances. A short clip called “Notturno in the Fisher boat” was played first. Following this, Shanshan Jin ’17 performed a traditional Chinese solo dance called “Blooming,” followed by Haoyue Ouyang ‘18, Kexin He ‘18, Zijun Zhou ’18 and Ziyao Chen ’18 who performed a Chinese rendition of “The Cup Song.” Then, a North Country community member Sean Bouin performed a musical “Taiji” followed by a game called “Passing Down.” A duet of piano by Nanjiang Liu ‘16 and violin by Shihao Li ‘17 called “Dance of Golden Snack” was played, with a SLU Chinese Class performing “The Moon Represent My Heart” after them. A student from Clarkson, Michael, then performed the pop song “Anjing” and was followed by group dance “Ode to Spring” with Shanshan, Xuehang Pan ‘17, Jiarui Li ‘17, Danrong Chen ’18 and Yunjia Wang ’17. The night concluded with a raffle and then three songs, “Give Me a Kiss,” “Half Moon Serenade,” and “To Leave the Earth” performed by Wei Shen ’16 and Xuanji Zhao ’18.
President of the Chinese Student Union, Grace (Youjia) Yan ’16 said that the event was very successful. She explained that it took a lot of hard work to prepare. “It was our pleasure to introduce Chinese Culture to students, staff and the community,” she said. Many students and faculty members, as well as North Country families, came to Eben Holden to attend the event. Grace wanted to thank the CIIS Office and Thelmo for sponsoring the event, as well as thanking all of the students who worked on and performed at the gala. “To hold a successful Gala is not a result of one person, it is due to all the members,” she said. “So I am glad that I have this wonderful team.” She is hoping for an even more successful New Year Gala next year!