Laughter and joy spread across the FedEx Global Education Center Atrium on Friday night as the 2018 Lunar Year Celebration took place.
The event was organized by Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars (FACSS), with hopes of creating a night for international students at UNC who can’t unite with their family to celebrate this traditional Chinese festival.
“Our association has the tradition of hosting spring festival celebration,” said Sophie Niu, the organizer and chairperson of FACSS. “Earlier on, what we would do was to gather people and make dumplings together. But with more and more Chinese students and scholars joining our Carolina community, we were unable to find a spot for over 100 people to make dumplings. So we decided to hold this event instead.”
Irene Zhan, the host of this event, was emotional during the event, and it reminded of her family in China.
“I think cultural events such as this do matter a lot to international students and scholars, since we are all indeed far away from our homeland," Zhan said. "It’s a unique opportunity for us to recognize our own culture and celebrate it together. I think the event itself acts as a bridge which shortens the geographical gap between the scholars and students to their homeland.”