UNG’s Chinese department educates students on culture and music at annual festival

Have you ever wondered what instruments produce the beautiful soundtrack to Mulan?

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, the Chinese Department of the University of North Georgia hosted its annual Chinese festival in the main lobby of the Dunlap building on the Dahlonega campus.

The festival was fostered by the Center for Global Engagement as a part of International Education Week and organized by Chi-Hsuan Catterson, professor of East Asian Language and Literature at UNG. CGE is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Catterson expressed that the purpose of the event was to draw attention to the Chinese and International programs and to make the campus aware of what they could offer. She began putting everything together two to three weeks ago, with the goal of doing something different for this event than the previous two years, where the Chinese Department hosted tea-tasting and traditional Chinese calligraphy. This year the Chinese Department put together an event boasting a display, a photo-booth, costumes, snacks, musical demonstrations and tai-chi demonstrations.

The purpose of hosting the event in Dunlap’s first floor lobby was so that any student with a passing interest could stop by, especially anyone who doesn’t know much or wants to learn about a new aspect of Chinese culture. Despite this, Catterson expressed that the festival was just a taste of Chinese culture, not a detailed description. She hopes that the different experiences the event spotlighted will help bring different parts of Chinese culture to people.

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