2016 Lunar New Year Celebration

On February 4, 2016, the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year, the George Washington University (GW) hosted its annual university wide celebration, joined by over 200 guests from GW and the surrounding community.  The crowd joyfully rang in the year of the monkey with welcoming remarks from GW leadership and entertaining student performances.

The evening was kicked-off with New Year’s greetings from the George Washington University President, Dr. Steven Knapp. President Knapp spoke about GW’s identity as a global institution and about GW’s commitment to developing collaborations and offering programs that increase understanding of China. Dean Ben Vinson III of the Columbian College acknowledged the achievements GW Confucius Institute has made over the past 18 months, in terms of offering a wide range of cultural events to GW and broader Washington DC community. Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Deepa Ollapally, and Associate Director of the Multicultural Student Services Center, Timothy Kane, also reiterated the importance of cross-cultural understanding. Dr. Shoko Hamano, Department Chair for the GW Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, ended her remarks by hosting a light-hearted demonstration of the Japanese tradition of Mame-Maki.

Guests were also treated to traditional Chinese cultural performances, including a Beijing Opera performance by GW sophomore Sophia Wu and a classical Chinese music performance by GW freshman Jiayi Bu. Ending the evening on a contemporary note, GW freshmen Yinqi Li and Yinhyi Ho performed a duet in Chinese and English.

Throughout the evening, guests were able to share their experience via social media with the hashtag ‘#GWUNewYear’, allowing everyone to participate in the program and interact with each other via commentary and well wishes for the Lunar New Year. These tweets were displayed in real-time during the event. Social media usage also allowed broader outreach through social media to those who could not attend.

This event is spearheaded by the GW Confucius Institute, and cosponsored with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, as well as the Multicultural Student Services Center. It is a wonderful gathering for GWCI and GW community members to interact and make connections with others who are interested in promoting Chinese language and culture.

Deepa Ollapally副总监和多文化学生服务中心提摩西·凯恩副总监也共同重申了由
乔治·华盛顿大学东亚语言文学系主任Shoko Hamano博士所作出的跨文化交流理
Yinhyi Ho的双语二重唱中结束。
在庆祝活动进行过程中,宾客们可以在社交媒体平台上以 #GWUNewYear为标签