In late January, the Long-U.S. China Institute worked alongside UC Irvine's Schools of Social Sciences, Law, and the Paul Merage School of Business, in order to coordinate a festive night celebrating the Lunar New Year. The John S. & Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute is an organization that primarily focused on on connections between China and America. The celebration for the Lunar New Year consisted of evening festivities and a variety of informational sessions revolving around U.S.-China relations. While the event was a time of celebration for the festivities, the event also served as a way of communicating to a broader audience in regards to cultural flows between both China and America.
As a Chinese social and cultural historian, Professor Wasserstrom – the event’s moderator – saw the talk as a learning opportunity, to watch as China’s place in American memory changed with its actions. China and the U.S. are heavily entwined in each other’s economies, cultures, and even sports and the effects of this entanglement can be felt even in how we spend our free time.
The event included an academic roundtable and festivities such as performances by the Southern Young Tigers, Hansori, Jing Hu, and the Yaya Dance Academy. Later on in the evening, traditional Chinese lion and dragon dance/parades occured, alongside closing event fireworks and a formal ceremonial program.