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Chinese New Year Celebration Led by School of Business Undergraduate Brings Repeat Award

April 01, 2013
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With 2013 came the Year of the Snake, and with it the second annual Chinese New Year celebration on campus, held by the Chinese Students & Scholars Association (CSSA) and the Asian American Students Association (AASA).

The event, held in February, which featured activities representing Chinese culture, was designed to educate students about New Year celebrations and bring many students together. Students had the opportunity to learn from calligraphy masters and watch traditional Chinese Han dances be performed in the customary dress.

“This year, we had many talented students who worked for weeks to put on dances at the event,” said Jia “Justin” Yan, CSSA president and marketing student at the School of Business

Traditional food was provided, including bubble tea from Sushi Maki. The event was so successful, it helped the CSSA win UM’s Organization of the Month Award for the third time. The group also won the award in September and October of last year.

“It was great for students who  might not know as much about the New Year celebrations to be introduced to it through the snacks that were provided,” said sophomore Zoe Gapayao, who attended the celebration.

Over 500 students and employees attended the event according to Yan, who says he hopes this continues to be an annual event.

“Students were posting many photos from the events online and were very excited about what was going on,” said Yan. “Next year, we want to invite more performers from other student organizations to represent their culture.”

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