The EECS atrium got festive on February 18 with a celebration of the Lunar New Year. The event, sponsored by Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and College of Engineering Graduate Education, included Chinese music, dance, cuisine, and even calligraphy.
There were authentic cooking demonstrations and samplings. A bubble tea stand ended up a crowd favorite, offering cups of the popular sweetened tea beverage with "bubbles" of tapioca.
Attendees could view calligraphy demonstrations by Sophie Zhou, and take home a name, word, or phrase of their choice. Entertainment included two sets by the Moli Dance Troupe, bamboo flute music from Erzhan Xu, and a Chinese zither performance by Nicky Qiu.
A large crowd turned out for the show, including many Chinese graduate students. "Students told me that this recognition of their country's most widely celebrated calendar holiday made them feel more at home," said Rachel Antoun, ECE graduate coordinator and instigator of the event. All were fascinated by the bubble tea - with hundreds served in the first 30 minutes!
As home to the largest graduate population in the College and hundreds of international students, ECE hopes to continue this tradition in the future as well as explore ways to recognize and celebrate other multicultural holidays.
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