October 29, 2010
Yonathan Tarekegne Ararso '13
The International House opened its doors to an eager crowd on a delightful Tuesday afternoon in late September. The open house was the first event hosted by the International Club and the International House for the 2010/11 acadecmic year. The event combined an open house with a celebration of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, or Zhongqiu Festival, one of the most important and traditional Chinese holidays.
The open house portion of the program began with a variety of international cuisines prepared by international students and Chinese Fulbright scholar Win Chao. The dishes included Burmese Fried Okra, Nepalese Chicken Curry, and Ethiopian seasoned beef. The Chinese selections included sesame biscuits, cauliflower, beef soup, dumplings, steamed bum, and moon cakes.
After everyone sampled the food, the festival celebrations started with an presentation on the history and culture of the Chinese festival by Chinese students Victor Fox '13 and Matthew Chung'12. Next, Justin Smith '11, a language student and member of the International Club, sang a traditional Chinese love song called Chun Ni. Jackson Parker '13 then gave a presentation about the legend of the Moon Festival and the story of the goddess Chang Er's flight over the moon. In closing, Mr. Chao's students sang a song by the name "Those Flowers."
The Open House/Moon Festival is just one of the many events that the International Club is hosting this semester.