China Night showcases rich culture with food and dancing all-around

China Night was filled with music, dancing and laughter. Put on by the Chinese Student and Scholar Association on March 2. China Night has become a part of SDSU. 

“It’s my first time coming here, I’m looking forward to experiencing everything,” said BreeAnn Brandhagen, lecturer of medical laboratory science. 

Food, one of the many focuses of the night, was enjoyed by many. A menu ranging from coca-cola chicken wings to stir fry with tomatoes made the night what it was. 

“I was invited by a faculty member but I have come many times before, food is what I’m most excited for,” said Jim Doolittle, associate vice president of research. 

All month long, China had been celebrating their New Year, the year of the horse. So it was only appropriate to have dances about it. The year of the horse and the history of China was celebrated throughout the night. From north to south, each performance of the night co-existed with the part of China that it went with. 

First, there was a quick tribute to the 29 civilians that were killed at Kunmig’s railway station in China.  At Kunmig’s railway station, several men armed with long knives attacked the railway according to CNN.com. 

Next, a traditional Lion Dance opened up the night of acts. It was followed by the Chinese Traditional Dance: Happy New Year. A kung fu demonstration followed the dance and the night was then taken into a saxophone number. 

Although it was China Night, there was also a tribute to the colliding American and Chinese cultures. There were two pop songs played accompanied by dances. The songs played were “Timber” by Pittbull ft. Ke$ha and “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz. In between those two dances were more traditional performances, such as a Chinese dance, violin solo, and a traditional Chinese instrument called a hulusi. 

During the night people were offered the chance to hear different types of languages from China. Since it is so vast, there are many different areas in the Chinese language. Translations between the two languages helped to see that connection. 

To top of the night, a performance by a Chinese rock band played. They used their acapella skills to sing “I Love You China” and “Most Amazing National Flavor.”

China Night had many different chances to see the whole culture in one night including food, dancing, and singing.