The University of Alaska Fairbanks Chinese Student Association and their adviser Rosalind Khan organize a Chinese New Year party every year and invite the Fairbanks community. They are supported by many Chinese business owners in the Fairbanks metropolitan area (sounds big, but it is just Fairbanks population 32324, North Pole 2214 and Fox 417) . They donate door prices and one Chinese restaurant donates the food.
On the program are Chinese martial arts performances, traditional dances performed by students taking Chinese as a foreign language joined by other women enjoying to dance (first two photos in this post), Chinese songs and music, little sketches presented in either Chinese or English, a fashion show presenting Chinese traditional clothing (next four photos), educational pieces about the Chinese culture, a traditional Chinese New Year’s dinner, and gifts for little kids who present their New Year’s wishes to the audience. The tickets for the event were $16. They used to be $15 since 2002.
The audience is culturally quite diverse. There were many immigrants from all over the world. Of course, people born in China or Taiwan, but also people born in Russia, the Philippines, Australia, India, Kenia, Cuba, and Germany, just to mention a few. There were many people who were former Peace Corps Volunteers, university officials, and long-term Fairbanksans including those born in Fairbanks. Cultural diversity and interest in, respect for and curiosity about each other’s traditions and culture is a big thing for many Alaskans.
Happy New Year and welcome to the year of the goat.
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Photos: G. Kramm, N. Mölders (2015)
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