GW Confucius Institute Hosts Lunar New Year Celebration

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  On Thursday, January 30th, 2014, the George Washington University Confucius Institute sponsored a Lunar New Year Celebration in partnership with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the East Asian Languages & Literatures Department. Over 200 guests joined us, as we celebrated the arrival of the year of the horse. We were joined by not only GW faculty and students, but also by local leaders and by community members who have an interest in Chinese culture.

With a resounding “Ni Hao” [hello in Chinese] and a toast to the “Year of the Horse”, Dean Ben Vinson greeted guests gathered for the celebratory launch of the Lunar New Year, which is marked by 15 days of celebration on the traditional East Asian calendar. Among those in attendance were guests from the GW Confucius Institute, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL), and student performers.

“This large turnout from across the university demonstrates our commitment to global studies and the value we, as an academic community, place on cultural exchange,” noted Vinson, who, in addition to his deanship, is the director of the GW Confucius Institute. “Through teaching, research, and outreach, we are embarking on a shared conversation about language, art, science, music, and the humanities.”

Also addressing the crowd was EALL chair Young-Key Kim-Renaud. She explained the traditional roots of the holiday, which is agrarian in origin. She also wished the audience a happy new year in Chinese, Korean, Mongolian, Vietnamese, and English.

“Most traditional East Asians believe their ancestral spirits commune with them and sincerely bless them,” noted Kim-Renaud. “In this joyful season, we are happy and thankful to reaffirm our individual roots and our particular contributions to making our society so much richer, more interesting, and harmonious.”