CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 3, 2014 – The Chinese Student & Scholars Association at Southeast Missouri State University will host their annual “Chinese Spring Festival” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Centenary United Methodist Church.
“This year is different — in the past we focused on performances. This year we are focusing on speech and presentations,” said Zhenyu Guo, president of the Chinese Student & Scholars Association. “Also, the festival will be in all English this year. [In the past], a lot of students … could not understand it. So, we decided to make in it in English.”
The “Chinese Spring Festival” will feature authentic Chinese cuisine and cultural demonstrations including a Chinese dragon costume. The festival is being held in connection with the Chinese New Year, which was Jan. 31. The Chinese are celebrating 2014 as the year of the horse.
“We do have a Chinese dragon costume. It will fit three to four people inside of it. There will be a display table in which students can take pictures with the dragon. Those pictures will be sent to their emails if they choose to sign up for that,” said Guo. The festival is free to all Southeast students with a valid student ID and is $5 for the general public.