A Dozen Chinese New Year Related Events Completed in February 2015
March 11, 2015

In order to meet the growing interests among members of the community and K-12 schools, the USF Confucius Institute worked with numerous partners to provide a dozen cultural events during the Chinese New Year season. The events reached thousands of people in the Tampa Bay region, and improved cross-cultural understanding. Thanks to the efforts of the CI team and support from partners, these impactful events were provided with limited resources.

The main event hosted by the CI and partners was the USF Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration event, held on February 19 in the MSC Oval Theater. More than 500 USF students, faculty/staff and community members attended the event. The event opened with lion dancers from the Mt. Song Martial Arts Academy, followed by a welcome from Dr. Brindley (Vice Provost and AVP for the USF World) and greetings from the co-sponsors. For about 90 minutes, the audience enjoyed a wide variety of performances from professionals and students (including professional musicians Rui Yang, Luo Wu and Changkui Tang, and Peking opera artist Jie Yu). View the event flyer here, and the program here.

Local WTSP/CBS Station event coverage of the event can be found here, and event coverage by Carol Lim can be found on her blog here.

The Confucius Institute also sponsored several other CNY events including:

  • USF Juniper Nation student event (focused on Asian cultures and lunar new year) at Juniper-Poplar lobby on January 28
  • School event at Saint Edward’s School on February 12 in Vero Beach
  • Outreach to Brookdale Senior Center at Regency Oaks on February 12 in Clearwater
  • Hosting the USF World First Friday event on February 13
  • Community event by Chinese American Association of Tampa Bay on February 14 at Wesley Chapel Center for Performing Arts
  • School event with Country Day School on February 18 in Largo
  • School event at Safety Harbor Middle School on February 19 in Safety Harbor
  • Community event with Suncoast Association of Chinese Americans on February 21
  • Event with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa on February 22 which included Chinese music, a story and lion dance, and a presentation on  Chinese religious beliefs.
  • Event with PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC-Tampa Office) on February 23
  • School event at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School on February 27 in St. Petersburg

Event Photos:

Lion dance at Country Day School

Peking opera by Jie Yu

Kungfu by Mt. Song Martial Arts Academy

Musical ensemble

Lion dance by Mt. Song Martial Arts Academy

View more photos here.