On April 2, the cultural event “China Night” was held at Edgelea Elementary School. This event was organized by Confucius Classroom (CC) of Lafayette School Corporation, and supported by LSC Chinese Program, Confucius Institute and Purdue University Chinese Students and Scholars Association. As an annual Chinese cultural event, “China Night” has been launched in Lafayette for 8 years. It provides local residents a great opportunity to get a touch of authentic Chinese culture. Every year, the organizers try to put in fresh elements in the event. The 2015 LSC China Night changed its venue from Tecumseh Junior High School to Edgelea Elementary School, which meant to encourage more elementary school students and families to come. The display of stations also changed. This time, a bunch of culture-themed stations were arranged in the hallway, where one could enjoy out of their own interest such as Chinese Calligraphy, Paper-Cutting, Peace Knot Making, Chinese Origami, Lantern Riddles, Chopsticks Competition, Chinese traditional board Games, Dumpling making, Chinese Yoyo, etc. Library was served as a special zone for the most popular Chinese game — Majiong. The school gym was used as the main show room for various slide shows, presentations, performances. Sunnyside 6th graders proudly presented their research on Chinese culture topics just as appetites to a set of great meal. Through the project, they learned a lot on specific Chinese cultural terms and made comparisons in western culture, which not only let them know better about both cultures, but also polish skills in self-learning.
Later, Dr. John Layton, Assistant Superintendent of Lafayette School Corporation, made a brief introduction of the development of Chinese Program in LSC and welcomed all the participants.
The “Talent Show” remains to be the most eye-catching part of the event, and this year is no exception. The 30-minute show time provided a stage for local Chinese Program students from Edgelea Elementary School, Tecumseh Junior High School, to show their Chinese talent in form of singing and dancing. Local Chinese community and Purdue Chinese students also brought in Chinese-featured performances including Kongfu, Guzheng and Han fashion show.
“China Night” opened a window for Lafayette local residents to know about the exotic oriental Chinese culture, which also deepened the mutual understanding of American and Chinese people.
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