Celebrating the Chinese New Year at Culver Academies is nothing new to the campus, but this year’s event showcased the Culver’s ever-growing array of connecting points with China. Among them: Culver’s ongoing, robust Chinese language program, its exchange program with the Shanghai Foreign Language School, and the leadership of its first Chinese-born Squadron Commander of the Black Horse Troop, Kevin Tai, at this year’s U.S. Presidential Inaugural Parade.
Culver’s 13th annual Chinese Lunar New Year “Spring Festival” celebration took place Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Legion Memorial Building, and observed the Chinese Year of the Rooster, the 10th of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac cycle. This year is a Fire Rooster Year, denoting not only the animal, but the live element associated with the year. Both the element and animal sign are traditionally believed to affect the personality of the individual born under them.
The event was sponsored by the Chinese Culture Club, whose president this year is Yiren Huang ’17 (Nanjing, China), with support from the Confucius Classroom and Chinese parents. Instructor Jessica Harding was the adult organizer of the event, which included Chinese food and games, as well as a Tai Chi performance and student and instructor-performed musical pieces ranging from classical to Chinese traditional, to Chinese contemporary.
If attendance is any indication, the event has only grown in popularity, as a standing-room-only audience greeted participants.