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Time Machine: Chinese Culture Club welcomes New Year with second annual fair

February 23, 2013
Members of the Chinese Culture Club

Madeira's Chinese Culture Club ushered in The Year of the Snake with their second annual culture fair on Friday, February 8.

With the theme of “Time Machine,” club members, led by co-heads Yifan (Gloria) Li and Lu (Tina) Tang and club advisors Ms. Inouye and Mr. Cai, introduced community members to traditional and modern culture through performances, food sampling, and craft sales.

Guests arrived at the Chapel/Auditorium to warm red lanterns and posters in traditional reds and yellows detailing Chinese art forms and the Cultural Revolution's introduction to a modern era. In the style of an open market, guests browsed silk scarves, fans, Sino-Korean war military medals, vintage propaganda posters and tip cups, iPhone cases, and stationary; sampled Chinese snack foods such as sesame, red bean and coconut rice cakes, fried noodles, dumplings, and savory onion pancakes; and played Chinese games such as the Chinese hackeysack, a red envelope lottery, and marble/chopstick challenge.

The performance showcased the girls' digital, musical, and dance talents with an opening video created by Annie Yang ’16 linking each girl in the club to images of her hometown in China, swiftly followed by an impressive operatic performance of the Chinese national anthem by Madeira's well-loved math teacher, Mr. Cai, and professional musician, Ms. Xia parent of Yuchen (Miranda) Liu ’14. The performance showcased the individuality and unique talents of our club members while displaying aspects of shared cultural heritage, contemporary interests, and enduring values.

Overall the craft sale and performance were a wonderful way to celebrate the Chinese New Year and to invite the Madeira community to learn more about the cultural backgrounds and unique personalities of our club members.

In continuation of a tradition that began last year, where club members raised $1,600 in an art auction and craft fair to build a library room for an elementary school in rural China, club members raised nearly $700 this year. The club will donate the money to the Overseas China Education Fund to pay for students’ school supplies in rural China.

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