This year, UNC Greensboro’s annual celebration of the Asian Mid-Autumn Festival went virtual. In a video posted to YouTube, UNCG artists and students from the Chinese Studies Program demonstrated a range of East Asian music, dance, language, and calligraphy skills.
“We wanted students to feel the festive atmosphere from the East and share their happiness in learning a foreign language during such a special period,” said Dr. Meiqing Sun, coordinator of the Chinese Studies program in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a major traditional festival celebrated throughout East Asia, second in importance only to the Chinese New Year.
View some of the video’s highlights below.
The video starts with a special project called “Hear me say ‘thank you,'” composed by students of Sun’s Chinese classes to say “Thank you 谢谢” to family, friends, frontline workers, teachers, and others they feel grateful for during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also included is a stunning performance of the violin concerto “Butterfly Lovers” by Chloe Li, a graduate student in musical performance:
Chinese Jinghu Instrument
Music student Kong Ming performs on the traditional Chinese Jinghu instrument:
Yilin Wang from the Dance department performs a Yangko/Yangge dance:
There are many more performances to see – from drawings to flute solos. Watch the full video on YouTube here.
Story by Elizabeth Keri, College of Arts & Sciences
Event organized / Video directed by Dr. Meiqing Sun, Chinese Studies Program
Video edited by Rina Liu, Chinese Studies Program student helper, MBA Program