September 11 saw the celebration of the 2011 Mid-Autumn Festival held by the CIVU, the Chinese and Japanese Studies Program, and the Valparaiso University Chinese Students and Scholars Association. Some 250 guests attended this occasion.
The CIVU played quite a part in this celebration. Professor LIU Jiangang, the Associate Director, played “Rose Clouds Chasing the Moon” on the Yangqin, in addition to briefing the audience on the legends and customs related to the Mid-Autumn Festival. Other CIVU teachers chorused the song “The Moon Speaks My Heart”.
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This CIVU annual event offers a platform for not only Chinese but also American students to show their talent. The two Chinese students’ Taiji performance, the MACS students’ recitation and singing of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) poet Su Shi’s (1037－1101) Ci poem “When Will the Moon Be Clear and Bright” and their chorus of “Bid City, Small Love” made the celebration a more unforgettable occasion.