The fifth annual Chinese Culture Day (CCD) was held on February 3, 2017, the Beginning of Spring 立春the Lunar Calendar at the garden level rooms in the Imin International Center. This event was organized by the Chinese Section and co-sponsored by the LLL Dean’s office, Confucius Institute, Center for Chinese Studies, Chinese Language Flagship Program, National Foreign Language Resource Center, and the Francis A. and Betty Ann Keala Fund in Arts and Sciences at UHM.

The CCD banner featuring red lanterns hung on the back of the reception desk at the entrance, welcoming more than 400 visitors from UHM and local K-12 schools, including Hahaione Elementary, Kamehameha, La Pietra, and Le Jardin. For the fifth consecutive year, EALL emeritus Professor Lo Chin-Tang shared his oracle-bone script calligraphy, alongside ink Beijing Opera figure paintings created by his wife, Mrs. Sheau-You Lo. The participants had opportunity to experience more than 20 featured activities, ranging from quiz games and hands-on crafts to demonstrations and exhibits. They also had chance to visit information booths run by Hawaii Language Road Map, Chinese Flagship Program, Confucius Institute, and UHM Study Abroad Center. The arrival of two boisterous lions after noontime elevated festivities to their climax. In the bustling noise of gongs and drums, the red and golden lion dancers blessed every table with cheerful dances and gobbled up many red envelopes or lai see. Children followed the lions around and shouted joyfully. LLL Dean Laura Lyons and Associate Dean Kimi Kondo-Brown also made a visit. Dean Lyons tried her hand at the Chinese calligraphy activity and visited the Zodiac booth.

Special appreciation goes out to all the volunteers, Chinese section faculty, graduate students, Confucius Institute teachers, and supporters from other UHM departments, as well as the local Chinese community. We are immensely grateful for the continuous funding from the aforementioned patrons, in addition to the generous donations from Professor Hsin-I Hsieh, the EALL Chair’s stipend, and the EALL “Chinese Language and Literature” Fund.

 

watch a slideshow of Chinese Culture Day here

 

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