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The seventh annual Chinese Culture Day (CCD) was held on March 2, 2018, for the lunar Lantern Festival 元宵節 in the Year of Dog in the Garden Level Rooms at the Imin International Center. This event was organized by the Chinese Section and co-sponsored by the LLL Dean’s office, Confucius Institute (CI), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Chinese Language Flagship Program, National Foreign Language Resource Center, and the Francis A. and Betty Ann Keala Fund in Arts and Sciences at UHM.
Featuring red lanterns printed on the CCD banner and hung high on the ceilings of the Garden Level Rooms, the CCD welcomed more than 400 visitors from UHM, local preschools, and K-12 schools, including UHM Children Center, Kamehameha, Maryknoll, LaPietra, and Le Jardin. For the sixth 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 the opportunity to experience about 20 featured activities, with the newly-added face-painting and 青花瓷 painting tables, both of which attracted large crowds. Four local public high schools were invited to visit the CCD site, Chinese Flagship Center, and StarTalk/CI in rotation. The crowd-favored Lion Dance again elevated festivities to its climax. LLL Associate Dean Kimi Kondo-Brown and Arts and Science Director at the Office of Community Relations, Ms. Karin Mackenzie made a visit, and fed the “hungry” lions.
Special appreciation goes out to all the volunteers, Chinese section faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, CI 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.