Chinese New Year Celebration Planned

by Public Relations | Jan 31, 2019

LATROBE, PA – Saint Vincent College’s James and Margaret Tseng Loe China Studies Center will host its annual Chinese New Year celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the Robert S. Carey Student Center.

The event, which will take place from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., will celebrate the Chinese Year of the Pig with performances, a sampling of Chinese food and Chinese cultural activities. Admission is free, and the festivities are open to the public.

The performances will take place from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Robert S. Carey Performing Arts Center, and will feature students from Saint Vincent, the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg, the Valley School of Ligonier, Mountain View Elementary School, St. Joseph High School, Bishop Guilfoyle High School and Cardinal Maida Academy.

Performances will include:

  • Seaweed Dance and Kong Fu, by Valley School students (grades 2-3)
  • Performance of The Story of Monster Nian, by Valley School students (grades 2-4)
  • Dances Headbook of Youth and My Chinese Is Not Good, by Valley School students (grades 5-7)
  • Cute Goose Dance by Bishop Guilfoyle and Cardinal Maida students
  • The Nation of Greatness and Courtesy dance by Saint Vincent Chinese students
  • Performance of Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Harper Watson, Mountain View Elementary
  • Clouds Chasing the Moon dance by Angelina Bucci, St. Joseph High School
  • Recital of poems “Snowing on the River,” “The First Day of the New Year” and “The Red Bean” by Saint Vincent Chinese students
  • The song “Quiet,” sung by Saint Vincent sophomore Alyssa Mountan
  • The song “A Love Before Time and Cold,” by University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg students
  • Dances “Produce 101,” “Kongfu Fan” and “YMCA” by Saint Vincent Chinese students
  • The song “Flowers in Bloom,” by Chinese teachers

Following the performance in the Performing Arts Center, attendees will be able to sample traditional Chinese food beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Carey Center Student Lounge, while stations will be set up for attendees to take part in Chinese cultural activities including paper cutting, Chinese painting, calligraphy, hacky sack and the game Five in a Row.

The event is being coordinated by Dr. Tina Phillips Johnson, associate professor of history and director of Chinese studies at Saint Vincent College, and Dr. Doreen Blandino, professor and chair of the Saint Vincent Modern and Classical Languages Department. Johnson (tina.johnson@stvincent.edu) and Blandino (doreen.blandino@stvincent.edu) can be contacted for additional information.

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