Chinese New Year Celebration kicks off

OCEANSIDE — The Chinese New Year celebration at MiraCosta College began with an Asian Story Theater performance on Jan. 28. Songs, puppetry, story telling, and plenty of audience participation compared the differences between the Chinese, Taiwanese and Vietnamese calendars.
The delightful New Year characters, the Chinese rabbit, Taiwanese tiger, and Vietnamese cat told the story.
The theater performance also had some special guests. More than 200 Fallbrook elementary students were in attendance.
The fifth- and sixth-grade students participate in a Mandarin enrichment program at their elementary schools. The students receive 30 minutes of Mandarin language instruction twice a week. “Research shows it’s really good for the brain,” Nancy Foster, lead teacher at Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, said.
The field trip helped students practice their Mandarin, create a craft and better appreciate the Chinese culture. “It makes the learning more meaningful,” Stacey Larson Everson, director of special projects at Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, said.
Six additional events will take place on and off the MiraCosta College campus to celebrate Chinese New Year. Among the events, a book fair and paper cutting crafts will be held at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore, at 2615 Vista Way, on Feb. 5, and the movie “The Blue Kite” will play on the Oceanside and San Elijo campuses on Feb. 11. An Alternative Healing and Energy Healing Fair and Chinese Dumpling Workshop will be held on the Oceanside campus earlier in the week.
The college Chinese Club organized the week of events. “It’s to give the entire community this cultural experience and provide a new perspective and appreciation of Chinese culture,” Aubrey Roderick, associate instructor of Chinese and Chinese Club advisor, said. “Culture is such a wonderful thing, it looks beyond politics.”
For more information, visit the school’s website.

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