VIDEO: Chinese language worldwide college students share their heritage with Lantern Pageant


By Xiaotao Zhong
Medill Experiences

Northwestern College’s Chinese language Scholar and Scholar Affiliation and the Consulate-Normal of the Individuals’s Republic of China in Chicago co-hosted the 2022 Midwest Chinese language Students Lantern Pageant celebration.

The occasion featured performances by college students from numerous establishments within the Midwest in a pre-recorded pageant for on-line viewing on Feb. 15.

Many Chinese language worldwide college students are away from house and household for years. Celebrating traditions helps them alleviate homesickness, protect their cultural id and disseminate their tradition.

Watch the complete celebration right here.

 

Video Transcript:

NARRATION: Northwestern College’s Chinese language Scholar and Scholar Affiliation and the Consulate-Normal of the Individuals’s Republic of China in Chicago co-hosted the 2022 Midwest Chinese language Students Lantern Pageant celebration.

HOST: The students on the opposite facet of the ocean ship their heat needs to their households and residential via the brilliant moon.

NARRATION: The celebration featured performances by college students from numerous establishments within the Midwest, and it was pre-recorded and offered on-line to Chinese language worldwide college students on Feb. 15.

JINMENG YANG: (Some performances) might be extra Chinese language-style, reminiscent of “Da Yu” and “Spring Pageant Overture.” Some others are Chinese language people songs or conventional performing arts that replicate Chinese language traits.

HOST: The rhythm of youth is reverberating within the air …

NARRATION: Lantern Pageant is without doubt one of the conventional Chinese language festivals. It marks the fifteenth day of the Lunar New 12 months. And this yr, the Lantern Pageant falls on Feb. fifteenth.

Northwestern College’s Chinese language Scholar and Scholar Affiliation hosts digital Lantern Pageant celebration for the primary time. (Xiaotao Zhong/Medill).

MING SHENG: Having a pageant like this helps us keep in mind our tradition and remind us that we’re from China.

NARRATION: One of many traditions to have fun the pageant is to eat candy rice balls, known as “Tangyuan” in Chinese language. The pronunciation of the phrase is just like “Tuanyuan,” which implies reunion.

JINMENG YANG: I’ve been dwelling within the U.S. for a few years, and I and my mates will all the time have “Tuanyuan” (to have fun the pageant). It makes me really feel like I’m nonetheless at house, though I’m not there bodily, my ideas and habits by no means modified.

MING SHENG: Celebrating festivals like this the place we cooked with mates and watched the CCTV New 12 months’s Gala brings the Chinese language collectively and provides us a way of togetherness. I feel that is the importance of the pageant to us.

NARRATION: Sustaining traditions can be an important means for members of the group to protect their cultural id and disseminate their tradition.

ZHILING WANG: China has a wealthy and profound tradition, and there are a lot of cultural symbols that can be utilized to unfold our tradition. Our conventional festivals are a superb instance. From my perspective, I’ve many mates from everywhere in the world who’re desirous about studying and celebrating our Spring Pageant.

ZHILING WANG: (Chinese language worldwide college students ought to) join and make mates with individuals from totally different components of the world. Throughout this course of, there might be events the place you could introduce your cultural background. In case you can confidently share your nation’s tradition, it is possible for you to to study different cultures whereas preserving your cultural id.

HOST: There was greater than 100 years of historical past of Chinese language students finding out within the U.S.

NARRATION: Many Chinese language worldwide college students are away from house and household for years. Celebrating traditions helps them alleviate homesickness and provides them an opportunity to attach with their households.

JINMENG YANG: Usually, once we are having “Tangyuan” or reunion dinner, we are going to video name our households and allow them to know we’re doing effectively right here.

MING SHENG: Similar to what we stated within the script, “To consign the eager for house and family members.” I hope to ship the warmest needs to Chinese language worldwide college students throughout this freezing wintertime via our celebration occasion.

NARRATION: The celebration program is now stay on YouTube. From Evanston, that is Xiaotao Zhong, Medill Experiences.

Xiaotao Zhong is a sports activities media graduate pupil at Medill. You may comply with him on Twitter at @SunnyZ_16.





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