February 25, 2013 — Coral Gables — With an elaborate dragon and lion dance, Kung Fu demonstration, a fire hoops show, dances, and themed tents that featured everything from Peking opera masks to calligraphy, the University of Miami celebrated the Chinese New Year on February 18, turning the Coral Gables campus into a showpiece of Chinese culture.
UM’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association joined the Asian American Students Association in hosting the second annual event, which helped ring in the Year of the Snake. With hundreds of people participating in the activities, the event also included popular Chinese games, ballet juggling, a flower dance, a traditional Chinese costume show, and food tents featuring dumplings, steamed buns, and tea.
“We felt that building from the foundation of last year’s event that this year we would showcase Chinese culture and enrich the cultural experience of the students on campus to an even fuller extent both with our tent activities and performances,” said Yifan Zhang, vice president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association. “We could not have done it without the support from a lot of awesome people and the University. It was a great collaboration.”
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