Last week, Shoreline Community College International Education, with support from the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington, held two Lunar New Year events. On Tuesday, January 31st, students from China, South Korea, and Vietnam introduced the unique Lunar New Year traditions in each country. Everyone who came to the event got to taste Chinese dumplings and other delicious dishes. They also tried traditional Chinese, South Korean, and Vietnamese snacks commonly eaten during Lunar New Year.
In addition to all the tasty things to eat, there were traditional activities from each country. The Chinese table taught the art of making dumplings—using play-doh, of course, to keep the mess to a minimum. At the Korean table, people played Yoot, a traditional game played during Lunar New Year. The Vietnamese table had calligraphy writing, which is also a traditional activity for Lunar New Year. There were also props for students to take selfies with. Over 150 Shoreline students, faculty and staff, and community members celebrated the Lunar New Year with us.
On Thursday, Jesse Appell presented his bilingual Great LOL of China Tour. After Jesse graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study and research Chinese comedy. In Beijing, Jesse was honored to become a registered student of Xiangsheng master Ding Guangquan. Combining the Chinese traditional Xiangsheng art and American stand-up comedy, Jesse put on a great show. The audience laughed out loud and had many questions to ask Jesse at the end of the show. Before the show, Jesse also visited the Chinese II class at Shoreline and gave the students some tips on learning Chinese language and culture. Jesse encouraged them to continue learning and to find an opportunity to visit China in the future.