The George Washington University Lunar New Year Celebration 2019

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Faculty, staff, students, and the wider community of the George Washington University gathered at the Colonial Club in the Charles E. Smith Center Thursday to celebrate the 2019 Lunar New Year: The Year of the Pig. The George Washington University has made it a university tradition to join with the rich East Asian history of Lunar New Year celebrations. This was a wonderful opportunity to network with students, faculty, and community members with an interest in East Asia. A large crowd of more than 200 people joined together for delicious Hors d’Oeuvres and networking opportunities

Dr. Terry Murphy, The GW Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs greeted the lively crowd with a few encouraging remarks and then drew three raffle prizes for the guests. Then Dr. Shoko Hamano, Chair of The GW East Asian Languages and Literature Department, and Professor of Japanese and International Affairs briefly addressed the audience as well. Richard Haddock, Program Coordinator for the Sigur Center for Asian Studies then warmly offered a few remarks. Concluding the lineup of distinguished guest speakers, Dr. Gregg Brazinsky, Professor of History and International Affairs, and the Deputy Director of the GW Institute for Korean Studies wrapped up by saying a few words and making a joke in Mandarin.

The artistic highlight of the evening was a beautiful traditional Chinese dance performed by Shiqi Dong, a PhD Student in Statistics at the GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

The evening’s Lunar New Year festivities were sponsored by the following departments and partnered with the following GW student organizations:

Sponsored By:

The GW Confucius Institute
The Department of East Asian Languages & Literature
The Sigur Center for Asian Studies
The Institute for Korean Studies
The International Services Office
The Multicultural Student Services Center


In Partnership With:

  • The Vietnamese Student Association (VSA)
  • The Global China Connections (GCC)
  • The GWU Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)
  • GWU Korean Cultural Organization (KCO)
  • George Washington Chinese Cultural Association (CCA)