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Jan 29, 2012 Washington Post Front Pang--NWBI Presidential Dragon Dance

 

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Mason Dining worked with New World Bilingual Institute to celebrate the Chinese New Year, and to help promote the opening of the Hot Spot, which first served Chinese in its rotating menu process. (Jake McLernon)

“Mason Dining promoted their newest addition to campus during the first day of classes through a special arrangement with the New World Bilingual Institute and their Dragon Dance team.

High school students participated in a Dragon Team Monday in the Johnson Center, as part of a celebration of the Chinese New Year in conjunction with the promotion of the Hot Spot. (Jake McLernon)

The NWBI was founded in 1993 with its Dragon Dance team founded in 2007 at Mason. Dining asked the team to come to Mason on the first day of classes to help welcome students for the new year.

Monday’s team consisted primarily of students from Thomas Jefferson High School who asked for the day off to participate. Terry Wang, the president of the Institute, participated with the student team as their drummer.

“We started with high school students to give them an opportunity of cultural diversity, community service, and unity,” Wang said. “They thought it would be a lot of fun. Those students really wanted to join and have self motivation and carry on the tradition.”

Originally, the Dance was to be held outside at North Plaza, but due to the rain, it started downstairs near Dewberry Hall and ended near the Johnson Center Information Desk.

“It was a very limited space, but we managed,” Wang said.

The colors of the Dragon, red, gold and silver, all together symbolize prosperity. The red is special during the Chinese culture as it is said to ward off evil spirits.

“Everybody was excited to think they were contributing to their culture,” Wang said. 


Wang also acts as the International Educational and Cultural Consultant for President Alan Merten and Provost Peter Sterns.

C2M Executive Editor Kevin Loker contributed to this report.

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Mrs. Terry Wang, DTM, President, New World Bilingual Institute

China Town, January 29, 2012

 


 



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