The Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA) will host a dinner to celebrate Chinese New Year on Jan. 25, 2020.
Next year will be the year of the rat, according to the Chinese zodiac.
“We are preparing some activities related to Chinese culture, like paper cutting and mahjong, as well as toys from childhood to share with everyone what our memories are,” said Yingyu Chen, the president of the CSSA.
Dinner will be catered by a local Chinese restaurant. There will be a number of other activities as well, such as tying lucky knots and lantern riddles. Many of the events are designed to bring the American and Chinese students together.
“Sometimes people don’t know each other or the culture, so I decided on some tables to show what they are,” Chen said. “A lot of people really like mahjong.”
There will also be guest scholars from Jinan University in China speaking. Before dinner, there will be a lesson about the culture of Chinese New Year, including some common family traditions and the Chinese zodiac. Jubi Huang, who works at the Ming Chaun offices, helped plan the event.
“Usually, we will have a family reunion dinner,” Huang said. “We have many Chinese students here, and, since family is not near, we have friends.”
Attendees are encouraged to wear the lucky color red. Those who wear red will be entered into a drawing for prizes.
Admission is free for SVSU students from China and Taiwan. Tickets cost $5 until Jan. 11, $10 until Jan. 25 and $15 the day of the event.
Children younger than 12 and adults older than 65 are elgible for half-off tickets. To purchase tickets, visit the Ming Chuan offices in Gilbertson or email email@example.com.