Year of Boar Arrives

By Joyce Yau

On Tuesday during U-Hour the Asian and Pacific Islander Student
Center put together a Lunar New Year celebration in honor of the
boar. The celebration included dance performances, musical
performances, booths and food.

The Year of the Boar, which is widely celebrated throughout the
Asian community, is supposed to symbolize happiness and
prosperity.

The event featured artists displaying their work in booths. One
artist painted important Chinese characters, which symbolize good
luck. Many of the students seemed pleased and amazed by the Chinese
calligraphy.

While participants enjoyed Chinese cuisine, the booths provided
them with entertaining Chinese games.

The celebration included festive cultural dances performed by
the Vietnamese Student Association with traditional Vietnamese
costumes and props such as hats.

“I really liked the cultural dances and thought that the event
was really interesting because I’m not familiar with Chinese
culture at all,” said Anthony Leon, a fourth-year journalism
student.

A Chinese flute player also performed in the middle of the quad.
He had the crowd cheering for him as he finished his piece.

Maggie Hsieh, a fourth-year communications student, is a member
of the Just A Little Event club, and helped conduct the games.

“I had a really good time celebrating this event with my friends
at school,” said Hsieh.

Suzanne Khazaal, a second-year management and human resources
and Asian American studies student, and the co-chair of the APISC
enjoyed the enlightenment on the Asian culture.

“I love everything about the Asian culture, especially the
Chinese culture,” said Khazaal. “The event was fun and it inspired
me to learn even more.”

When asked about the Year of the Boar, David Chen, a fourth-year
electrical engineering student, was very adamant about educating
everybody about the characteristics of a person born on that year.
Since he was born in 1983, he is a fellow pig.

“Contrary to popular belief, pigs are actually not lazy and
dirty,” said Chen. “To me pigs are wealthy, fortunate, friendly and
hardworking. It’s random but many people say that this is a good
year for weddings.”

Synonymous to horoscopes, the Chinese zodiac also bestows
different personality traits for people born in the different
years.

According to familyculture.com, people born in the Year of the
Boar are pure in heart, generous and kind. They are good listeners
who are sincere and trustworthy. In addition to that, there are 12
Chinese zodiacs besides the boar: snake, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit,
dragon, ram, horse, monkey, rooster and dog.

“My favorite part of the program was how they had free food,”
said Nicky Wong, a first-year graphic design student.

For Wong, Lunar New Year is a special time to spend at home.

“It’s a time for family,” said Wong. “This weekend was neat – my
whole family came down from San Francisco so that we can have
dinner with each other. It was awesome.”

The families tend to gather around in order to wish each other a
good fortune, wealth and happiness. Food is also an important
factor during the celebration.

For Victor Liang, a first-year graphic design student, his
favorite aspect of Chinese New Year is the red envelopes. Red
envelopes are given by married elders who want to wish the younger
generations luck and prosperity.

“I got $300 this year, but I’m not done yet,” said Liang. “I
still have a lot of uncles and aunts that I’m going to hunt
down.”

Joyce Yau can be reached by e-mail at arts@thepolypost.com or by
phone at (909) 869-3744.

Year of Boar Arrives

Year of Boar Arrives

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