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Celebrating the Lunar New Year with Art, Language, Literature, and Music

Celebrating the Lunar New Year with Art, Language, Literature, and Music

Presented by Cultural Affairs,

University of Toronto Scarborough, February 2008


Chinese New Year or Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.  The festival proper begins on the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th.  In the year of 2008, it occurs during the period of February 7-21.  It is also an important holiday in East and Southeast Asia where there are close geographic and/or cultural connections with China, including Korea, Mongolia, Nepal, Bhutan, Vietnam, and formerly Japan.  In Southeast Asia in places like Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand and elsewhere with significant Chinese populations, the Chinese New Year is also celebrated.  This tradition has spread to many parts of the world along with the diaspora Chinese.

While there are many related activities around the Greater Toronto Area, we believe that the best way to mark the Chinese Lunar New Year season is, as an academic institution, to celebrate it, and involve as many students as possible.  For this purpose, we have organized a series of cultural events with art, language, literature, and music.  Each event has a host of a particular course, to whom we are very grateful; the events, however, are open to everyone.  They are listed as follows:

Thursday, February 7 (Lunar New Year's Day)

The Narrative of Cultural Conflicts, by Dr. Lien Chao

(This lecture/reading is also a part of the 2007-08 Cultural Affairs Literary Series)

Time: 10am

Venue: Bluff's Restaurant (located in the Student Centre)

Hosted by Prof. Alice Maurice

FREE ADMISSION - All are welcome.

Tuesday, February 12

Buddhist Art in Dunhuang: Cave Paintings and Sculptures, by Mr. Peng Ma (Lecture/Show)

Time: 1pm

Venue: AA 204

Hosted by Lidu Yi

FREE ADMISSION- All are welcome.

Tuesday, February 12

True Northern Spirit – a Unique Perspective of Canada from a Chinese Immigrant, by Ms. Ling Zhang (Lecture/Discussion)

Time: 7pm

Venue: H 402

Hosted by Prof. Helen Wu

FREE ADMISSION - All are welcome.

Tuesday, February 14

Music and Songs from China and Canada, by Mr. Vincent Soars and Ms. Susan Yang

Time: 4pm

Venue: B 260

FREE ADMISSION - All are welcome


To view the poster, click here.

For more detailed information about the events and presenters, please visit  You may also contact the festival's organizer, Dr. Helen Wu, at

The 2008 Lunar New Year Celebration is presented by Cultural Affairs and is generously supported by MBNA, Manulife Financial, and TD Meloche Monnex.

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