Westinghouse College Prep High School hosted the Chinese New Year celebration with well received performance by a Student Performing Art Troupe from Beijing, China on Feb. 11 at its auditorium. More than 500 students from nine CPS schools (Westinghouse, Jones, Lane Tech, Disney II, Goode, Bell, Calmeca, Mitchell and Solomon) attended the event.
Paper-cutting is a folk art that has enjoyed a long history in China. In an effort to enrich the experience of students who are learning Chinese at CPS, CIC, working with the Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute, brought Guo Meihua, a well-known paper-cutting artist from China, to classrooms at 21 schools from Oct. 26 to Nov. 6.
"CPS students love to learn Chinese culture with hands-on activities," said Jane Lu, director of CIC. "Chinese paper-cutting is one of the most popular programs."
This summer, a total of 18 CPS high school students traveled to China to attend a four-week intensive Chinese immersion program at the Hangzhou Wanxiang Polytechnic (WXP), a trade college in Hangzhou, China. The program is part of the President Barack Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative and is funded by the generous support from the Wanxiang American Corp in Chicago and the Wanxiang Group in Hangzhou.
“Going to China has always been a dream of mine since I started taking Chinese class in 2nd grade,” said Jessica Anyaso, one of the participating students.
Students at all levels of CPS schools participated in a multitude of Chinese New Year celebration through February, enjoying the spirit of festivity, interacting with their counterparts from China, and learning Chinese.
Highlights of the celebration programs include:
CIC and CPS, in partnership with the Confucius Instute at Valparaiso University, celebrated the Confucius Institute Day in style and grand scale on Sept. 27. Click here to watch the highlight of the celebration on video. Enjoy!