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Lunar New Year Celebration - Year of the Dragon

The International Student Centre- Department of Student Life is pleased to present the fourth annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Monday January 23, 2012 from 11 am – 3 pm in the Meeting Place. The Lunar New Year Celebration is a collaborative event between the International Student Centre, Department of Student Life, student clubs and Global Asia Studies.

The celebration is free to attend and will feature student groups and organizations promoting the traditions of their heritage through performances and interactive activities. Customary Chinese food and a variety of traditional candies will be freely distributed to all attendees. An authentic Lion Dance performance by award-winning Canadian performers from Wushu Canada ( will take place at 12 pm.

Following the Lion Dance, there will be a mezzo-soprano performance by Hong Zhang. Students and staff will also have the option of attending a public lecture given by Dr.Keith Lowe, who will discuss “UNESCO World Heritage - Hakka Castle Dwellings. This lecture will be held on campus in HW-305 at 2pm.

Hong Zhang holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Binghamton University, SUNY, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the founder and director of Song of Silk, a performance group that aims to bridge East and West. Zhang has been an active soloist in many concerts and groups, including the Shanghai Philharmonic Society, the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Eastern Silk. In addition, Zhang gives lectures, recitals and workshops on Chinese vocal music and culture nationwide. Currently a Senior Instructor of Chinese at Binghamton University, Zhang’s curriculum includes the ground-breaking course, Singing Chinese. She has also co-authored Chinese through Song and Cultural Chinese: Readings in Art, literature, and history.

Dr. Keith D. Lowe graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and gained the doctorate at Stanford in modern literature. He served two terms on the board of the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto. In 2000 he co-founded the quadrennial Toronto Hakka Conference.



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