Ottawa, ON, February 21, 2018– On Thursday February 15, thirty-five students enrolled in the University of Ottawa’s intermediate and advanced level Chinese language courses, together with some other students, joined each other at Hamelin Hall to ring in the Lunar New Year. The celebration, organized by Professor Sufeng Xu of the Asian Studies Program, was filled with numerous spectacular cultural performances of traditional songs, poetry and comedy sketches by students. For many, it was their first time ever experiencing a Chinese New Year celebration. Intermediate-level student, Shelbi Crocker, had this to say about the celebration:
"It was phenomenal! It is not often that one gets to experience in a class-setting, such cultural and gastronomic enrichment. I really enjoyed performing and celebrating with the other students. Xiexie [thank you] Xu Laoshi [Professor Xu] for organizing this!"
Other students, like advanced-level student, Dan Zheng, relished the opportunity of meeting new friends from the other class:
"At first, I thought it was going to be a bit awkward since our class is quite close-knit, never having interacted with the intermediate-level students but it was not awkward at all! We all enjoyed each other’s performances and company; in fact, I am glad to say that I made some wonderful friends through this celebration. Thank you so much Xu Laoshi for planning this! Gongxi! Gongxi!"
Although class obligations led some classmates to leave the festivities a bit early, the overriding sentiment was that all students had a superb time! Not only did it prove to be a wonderful opportunity to practice our language skills but an even rich experience learning about and partaking in some Chinese traditions and customs.
Article by: Samuel C. Amoah