By Bingqing Mao
The Meridian Times
The Greater Lansing Chinese New Year Celebration Gala will be held Feb. 21 at the Meridian Mall, to greet the annual Arrival of Spring Festival, the most important festival in Chinese culture. The Greater Lansing Chinese Association organises the Chinese New Year Event.
On Feb. 8, the association had its first rehearsal of the gala. Everyone except hosts, fashion show models, taiji players, Extreme Hiphop Crew dancers, and Tea Ceremony Club performers were present. Even though this was only a rehearsal, it was a visual festival.
Julie Jiang, chair of the association, said this will be the third gala in Meridian Mall.
“Lansing is the capital of Michigan, so I want to combine surrounding cities work together to hold the gala, celebrating our Chinese New Year. Last year, we worked with Ann Arbor, and this year, we worked with Detroit. ” Julie said, “and I also think it is a great way to spread Chinese culture and influence Americans. I won’t change the forms and processes of the Chinese New Year Celebration, because I want people to get used to it and know it is what Chinese New Year looks like, so that they would not be confused.”
Qing Zhang, a Michigan State University student majoring in journalism, was a model at the fashion show. This will be the second time for her to attend the Greater Lansing Chinese New Year Celebration Gala.
“Last year when I (went to) dress rehearsal for MSU Spring Festival gala, Julie selected some girls to do the Qipao (a Chinese-style woman’s dress with high neck and slit skirt ) show, I was one of them. I thought it was really interesting, and decided to attend again.” Zhang said.
She chose a song called Blue and White Porcelain as the background music was because this song has a very Chinese style and is retro, and it might drive foreigners to want to know more about China.
This Qipao show, will perfor at the gala, vividly displayed Chinese classical women’s elegance, affection and charm. It also conveyed the beauty of Chinese traditional dress.
Extreme Hiphop Crew dancers display their glamour in another way. The girls are dynamic and ardent. People who are interested in hip-hop will enjoy this dance.
“It is pretty tiring. We practice every day and don’t have time to have a meal. Not until 11, we won’t go home. ” Vincy Liu, a member of Extreme Hiphop Crew, said. “I hope people will like our performance.”
It is evidence of how American culture impacts Chinese students. Chinese travel across the ocean to study here and live there. As time goes by, both cultures combine while we are not noticing. And the Greater Lansing Chinese New Year Celebration Gala is the product of two combined cultures.
The Chinese New Year Gala will be held 1:30-6 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Meridian Mall.