The Chinese Student and Scholars Association hosted its annual Lunar New Year celebration Thursday.
During the Lunar New Year celebration, CSSA presented multiple events, including a presentation about the history and traditions surrounding the Chinese New Year and the ‘8 cuisines’ of China. The evening concluded with a Chinese buffet style dinner as well. CSSA, started in 2007, has its roots in sharing their culture with ACU’s students.
“The inspiration behind CSSA is to give those Chinese students a home away from home, even if they are far away from home. To let them feel the warmness that CSSA can bring to them, as well as we are really caring for each one of them as individuals,” said Jessia Tang, junior liberal studies major from Shanghai, China.
In addition to the Lunar New Year celebration, CSSA also hosts a Mid-Autumn Festival.
“CSSA invites the ACU community to experience Chinese culture and traditions through celebrations of some traditional Chinese festivals such as Chinese New Year (aka. the Spring Festival) and the Mid-Autumn Festival. Students can volunteer to help with our event,” said Yunxi Wei, junior mathematics major from Shenyang, China.
All students are invited to the events held by CSSA in hope that the organization will bring more awareness to their culture and presence on campus.
“In my own words, CSSA means to bring all the students on campus together, not only just the Chinese students but also the American students and students from other countries as well, when some students are half a world from their homes. It’s to bring the awareness and interests of Chinese culture to campus, also bring the support to the students both academically and socially,” Tang said.
Students are not only encouraged to attend events held by CSSA as a way to get involved on campus in a way that they may not have before and learn something while doing it.
“These students become more aware and involved by coming to different events. Also when they come to the events, they are not only having fun, but also interact with students that come from other countries and learn about the traditions and culture,” Tang said.