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Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
September 22, 2010

Confucius Institute Mid-Autumn Fest 2010

As the fullest moon of the year appeared this Wednesday night, more than 300 people attended the Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival event at the USF Marshall Center. The festival is based on the lunar calendar and is celebrated by all Chinese and in countries like Vietnam. It is an occasion for tasting moon cakes and family reunions.

The evening started with a slide show (View Slideshow) about the festival and a video-taped performance of Victor Florez, winner of the 2010 International Chinese Bridge Competition for college students. While the audience was sampling the moon cakes and dumplings, the evening event began with welcome remarks by Kun Shi (director of the USF Confucius Institute), Linda Whiteford (Associate Vice President), and the special guest from China: Huajun Li (vice president of the Ocean University of China). Then the two MCs (Remington Tramel and Zhixin Wang) introduced the Chinese and American student performers. The highlights of the performances include the kuaibanshu (story-telling) by Marsha Louis, tongue twisting by Jessica Church, and pipa music by Jianghua Zou.

The celebration event was co-sponsored by the USF Confucius Institute, International Affairs Center, Student Chinese Culture and Language Club, and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.