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Profitable Lunar New Yr of the Dragon occasion

On Sunday, the West Virginia Chinese language Affiliation (WVCA) celebrated the Lunar New Yr and Lantern Pageant in Morgantown’s CMA Church. The occasion attracted over 300 attendees, almost one-third of whom have been collaborating in a Lunar New Yr occasion for the primary time, lots of whom have been non-Chinese language.

The occasion consisted of two components: A dinner and a gala. The dinner primarily featured Chinese language delicacies whereas additionally catering to the tastes of friends from totally different cultural backgrounds. The gala included 13 inventive performances and a fortunate draw. The performances have been various and splendid, together with songs in each Chinese language and English, a wide range of dance types, instrumental performances, a standard Chinese language qipao present and an progressive puppet present.

Some attendees expressed curiosity in studying Chinese language dance and becoming a member of the Chinese language Affiliation’s choir and dance group after the occasion.

The performers on the gala have been additionally various, together with kids, college students, adults and seniors, in addition to each Chinese language and non-Chinese language people. Some have been locals from West Virginia, whereas others traveled from afar to attend. Jianhai Du, WVCA president, said, “The participation of non-Chinese language people, not solely among the many viewers but in addition the performers, underscores the success of the Chinese language Affiliation’s efforts to advertise cultural trade and integration.” As the principle organizers of the occasion, Du and the gala’s director, Changfen Yang, expressed gratitude to all performers, volunteers and attendees.

A number of notable friends have been invited to the gala. Morgantown Deputy Mayor Joe Abu-Ghannam learn the proclamation issued by Mayor Jenny Selin.

Dr. Ray Liang, government director of the United Chisaidese Individuals (UCA), stated, “This proclamation holds nice significance to the American Chinese language group, highlighting the cultural variety and inclusivity inside our metropolis.”

Moreover, Pastor Roy Baker of the CMA Church; Consul Li Ding from the China Embassy; Courtney Lanham from the West Virginia College Well being Science Heart for Range, Fairness, and Inclusion; and Guanguan Ji, founding father of the Pittsburgh Chinese language Cultural Heart and chairman of the Pittsburgh Chinese language Cultural and Language Institute, amongst different friends, delivered speeches on the gala.

The celebration got here to an finish beneath the total moon of the Lantern Pageant in Morgantown. Because the Yr of the Dragon unfolds, residents of West Virginia are gaining a deeper understanding of the Chinese language language and tradition. The group seems ahead to the continued progress and prosperity of West Virginia’s various group.