兰辛华人春节嘉年华2015顺利举行!

2月21日,在Meridian Mall举行的春节嘉年华完美落下帷幕。不同的文化,不同的肤色,不同的信仰,却在同一天,欢聚一堂。
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在热闹非常的舞龙舞狮之后,迎新春联欢晚会正式开始。一群小萌娃在舞台上载歌载舞,收获了满堂喝彩;一曲悠悠然然的《青花瓷》,身着旗袍的美丽女子袅袅出场,走路,定点,占位,旋转,都体现出了中国古典女子的楚楚动人;范青老师的男高音独唱,引发了在场观众的情思,不仅也想起了远在中国的亲人与朋友;赤焰引擎乐队的表演瞬间点燃了现场的氛围,无论男女老少,无论是华人还是美国人,high到了最高点,甚至有三位来自兰辛高中的学生跟着哼唱了起来。在赤焰引擎乐队表演结束后,女生激动地喊道:“They are so cool! I become their fans!”音乐无国界,此言得之。

一位美国父亲陪着自己的女儿来看演出,对旗袍秀赞不绝口。他说:“我们很少能在美国杂志上看到这些那么美丽的裙子,它们是有文化底蕴的,高雅的。”他甚至询问我哪里可以买到旗袍,想给自己的女儿也买一条。

另外还有一对美国夫妇,他们领养了一个中国孩子,所以他们每年都会参加春节嘉年华,了解更多的中国文化。Lisa说:“中国的文化实在是太美了,连喝茶都是那么地优雅。我的女儿来自这样的文化国度,我希望以后她也能如此优雅。”

一位来自台湾的耄耋老人,和自己的妻子一起,相互扶持着来到现场,感受浓浓的年味。

兰辛地区华人春节嘉年华,不仅融合了中西方的文化,更聚集了兰辛周边的华人组织,为生活在兰辛的中国华人举办了一场别开生面的联欢会。

王维有诗曰:独在异乡为异客。但是,在兰辛,我们有那么多人一起过年,我们欣赏到了如此精彩的演出,年味浓烈地如同国内。这让我又想到了苏轼的一句词:此心安处是吾乡。

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精彩的舞狮表演

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别开生面的舞龙表演

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春假嘉年华主持人贾德林(美)与搭档

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高贵典雅的旗袍展示

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溢满茶香的茶艺表演

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Lisa独唱《今天是个好日子》

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活力四射的青春热舞《Everybody, Let’s shake!》

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范青, 美国星光大道总决赛选手,带来《母亲》《亲疙瘩下河洗衣裳》《今夜无人入眠》

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中文学校小朋友歌曲演唱《新年好!》

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具有中国风情的舞蹈《风摆柳》

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MSU中国访问学者孩子带来童谣《虫儿飞》与舞蹈《喜洋洋》

撰稿:毛冰清

编辑:李璐

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Chinese New Year Celebration Gala Ended Successfully!

The Greater Lansing Chinese New Year Celebration Gala was held Feb. 21 at Meridian Mall successfully, and audiences enjoyed a visual feast.

The Lion and dragon parade throughout Meridian Mall, began at 1:30 p.m., attracted most people’s attention. Many passers-by followed the lion and dragon of the stage, watching wonderful performance with people came from different religions, different ages and different countries.

Lisa Johnson and Jack Johnson are a couple who adopted a girl from China. This is the second time they came here to enjoy the show, for they wanted to know more about Chinese culture. Jack said that he liked the lion and dragon dance best because it was vivid. And his wife also expressed her admiration.

“It is really amazing! The culture is so beautiful, even drinking tea is so elegant, and my daughter is coming from such a mysterious culture,” Lisa said, after watching the performance. “I love Chinese culture so much.”
Joseph Dever, a father who came to the show with his daughter, said, “My daughter loves fashion show. The dress is traditional and elegant and we would not see these in magazines. ”

An old gentleman whose ancestral home is Taiwan said something different.
He said that even though most programs are fantastic, especially the group song Happy New Year and the fashion show, there was still something needing to improve.

“Qipao (a Chinese-style woman’s dress with high neck and slit skirt) is beautiful, but it is Manchu, Huqin (a music instrument) is also not Han but Hu (the Northern barbarian tribes in ancient China). They are not really Chinese traditional cultures,” he said. “The selection of music is also not perfect. My Hometown is the Other Side of the Mountain and The Spring River Flows East are very representative Chinese songs, maybe in the future singers can sing them.”

Qing Fan, the solo soprano, sang three songs: Mother, Sear Lover Washing Clothes in the river and Nessun Drma.

“I choose Mother to express the thoughts of mother. We are all far away from our homeland and missing families a lot,” Fan said. “My friends made a video called Go Home Often, then sent it to families on New Year’s Eve, their families are all touched.”

In addition to the Chinese-style programs, the Chinese New Year Celebration Gala also had some modern programs, such as hip-hop dance, band music and opera.

The band “Burning Engine” definitely drove young people crazy. Audiences sang with them, screaming and clapping. Three high school students from Lansing High thought it was pretty cool and said they became the fans of the band.

The Spring Festival is the most important festival for Chinese people during a year. In China, families get together to celebrate their harvest and make a good wish for the next year. Even though now these Chinese people are in United State, they still come together, celebrate the festival with other cultures.

Lisa Johnson said that in her perspective, the Chinese New Year was more like a cultural feast. Joseph Dever also agreed with it and said Chinese New Year was more positive and happier.

This is the third year that Greater Lansing Chinese Association hold Chinese New Year Celebration Gala at the Meridian Mall. Julie Brixie, the treasurer of Meridian Township said that after Michigan State University decided to increase the amount of international students, the township wanted to take advantage of Chinese people and to draw more people come to Meridian Township.

There is no doubt that the cultural difference between Chinese people and American people is huge. But just because of the cultural difference, people with various backgrounds come together and gain happiness from both sides. It is what that the Chinese New Year Celebration Gala wants to show.

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The Greater Lansing Chinese Association (GLCA, 兰辛华人协会) is organized exclusively for charitable and community service purposes. These purposes include but not limited to the following:

(1) To promote diversity and mutual understanding among Chinese community and other local communities in Greater Lansing area.

(2) To hold community educational forums and community festivals, open to the public at large, where Chinese culture and traditions are discussed and presented to educate the public on Chinese culture and tradition in order to promote diversity and understanding among different cultural and ethnic groups in the community, industry, business, local government and other non-profit entities, including Michigan State University.

Website:https://greaterlansingchinese.org/
Wechat: GLCA
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