Thursday, February 14, 2013

Chinese Night 2013 to offer feast, performance at Rozsa Feb. 15

HOUGHTON -- The Chinese Students and Scholars Association will host its gala Chinese Night on Friday, Feb. 15, celebrating with a feast and a traditional performance.

The New Year's Eve dinner is set for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Commons. Seven delectable Chinese dishes will be served, including beef tomato, mushroom chicken and potato with ribs.

"Chinese Night 2013: Year of the Snake" begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Rozsa Center. The performance marks the Chinese Spring Festival, their most important holiday. Like Christmas in the West, it is a time of celebration when all family members get together.

Performers hail from many countries, including India, Thailand, Germany and, of course, China. Because this is the year of the snake, the show includes the traditional Chinese opera "The Legend of the Snake." It is one of four famous Chinese folk legends and tells the circuitous and graceful love story of a snake spirit, Lady White, and a mortal, Xu Xian.

Also on the program is "Thousand-Hand Guanyin," a well-known dance of China. Guanyin means "Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the World." The Buddist goddess of compassion, Guanyin, has thousands of faces and hands. In this dance, 12 dancers will form her likeness on a lotus-shaped stage.

International students will present a skit, "MTU Friends," about an international friendship at Tech. In addition, the program includes songs and traditional dances.

"We are sincerely looking forward to sharing this wonderful night with you and your family," said members of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.

Tickets (including dinner and show) are $15 for the public, $12 for students, $6 for children under 13 and free for CSSA members. Tickets may be purchased at http://rozsa.tickets.mtu.edu or at the Ticketing Operations in the SDC.

Sponsors of Chinese Night include the Undergraduate Student Government, Graduate Student Government, the Rozsa Center, Memorial Union Dining Services, I-club, Ming’s Asian Bistro, Super 8 Hotel, Cyberia Café, 5th and Elm Coffee House and the Blue Iris.

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