Photo Essay: Chinese Student Association’s Fiery Lunar Banquet

By Heather Kim

It’s 2017, the year of the Rooster, and everyone wants some luck.

Yesterday, this university’s Chinese Student Association held their most anticipated and largest event of the year: the annual Lunar Banquet. An evening stacked with riveting performances and traditional Chinese food, the event was a celebration of luck in the year to come.

Stamp’s Grand Ballroom was packed as the event sold out the day beforehand. Elaborate red and gold envelopes, along with lanterns and sugary candies, covered the black tables surrounded by guests coming from a variety of groups around campus and beyond. Many students involved in the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) community came out to the event to show their support for others in their community.

The energy in the room was positive and uplifting, held aloft by those attending and the stunning performances. Spectators were not disappointed because  each act was as entertaining as the last. From traditional Chinese Lion Dance to modern K-Pop dance covers, the performances were enjoyable and diverse.

The Lunar Banquet was just a glimpse of the complexity and beauty of Chinese culture. However, within that glimpse, attendees could experience the honest feeling of celebration with one another.

Featured Photo Credit: All of the tables were decorated in mesmerizing red and gold envelopes along with lanterns and traditional Chinese candies. (Heather Kim/Bloc Photographer)

Heather Kim is a freshman journalism major and can be reached at 

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