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.

 
 
2016年2月4日晚,乔治·华盛顿大学举办了一年一度的大型庆典活动。活动邀请了
 
逾200名大学及华盛顿特区宾客,来宾们欢聚一堂共同观看学生才艺表演与校领导
 
讲话。
 
庆祝活动以乔治·华盛顿大学史蒂文·耐普校长讲话为开篇,校长讲到乔治·华盛顿大
 
学以建立国际大学并致力于开展更多的项目用以加深中美理解与发展合作。哥伦比
 
亚文理学院本·文森院长肯定了乔治·华盛顿大学孔子学院在过去18个月中所作出的
 
成就,为大学及哥伦比亚特区民众提供了范围广大的各类文化活动。西格中心
 
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
 
解的重要性。讲话在日本传统的Mame-Maki活动展示中结束。
 
宾客共同观赏的庆祝节目是传统中国文化表演,包括了由大二学生吴琦馨演唱的京
 
剧片段,由大一学生卜嘉宜演奏的古琴经典曲目等。演出在大一学生李茵琪与
 
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
 
分享他们的经历。宾客们可以通过发送新年祝福与互相评论在平台上进行直接互动
 
,所有的分享被实时分享在活动现场及社交平台上。
 
本次活动是由乔治·华盛顿大学孔子学院主办,西格亚洲研究中心、东亚语言文学
 
部与多文化学生服务中心共同协办。这是一个让孔子学院及大学社群成员沟通交流
 
并促进汉语语言文化爱好者共同学习的绝佳机会。