ASU and Troy Students Celebrate Chinese New Year
By Alexis Butler, ASU Intern
Alabama State University’s Office of Diversity and International Affairs, along with Troy University’s Confucius Institute, celebrated Chinese New Year with students on Friday, Jan. 17 in the Cyber Lounge of the John Garrick Hardy Center.
Student attendees enjoyed Asian cuisine, had their names printed in Chinese, took part in Chinese inspired arts and crafts, discovered their animal zodiac year, and even tried on Chinese garments.
“We wanted to expose our students to the culture, the process and the meaning and the whole idea of the Chinese New Year and what it means,” said Debra Jones, administrative secretary in the Office of Diversity and International Affairs.
ASU international students, Sung Hyun Kim and Derrick Muraya, attended the event and said they had an awesome experience.
“It’s pretty unique to experience this at Alabama State,” said Kim, a junior presidential scholar from Korea. “I like the Korean music, which is a part of my culture. There are a lot of international students at ASU that make up the minority here. I am glad that other students were able to take part in experiencing the Chinese culture.”
Muraya, a junior presidential scholar from Kenya said, “I don’t really know a lot about the Chinese culture so I’m really enjoying being here and learning.”
The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a week-long celebration and is typically celebrated with family and friends, similar to the traditional American Christmas and New Year holidays. Each year is represented by a different animal in the Chinese zodiac. The year 2020 is considered the year of the rat, which is thought to bring luck and represents diligence, kindness and generosity.