Friday, September 30 2022

After being postponed due to the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the Chinese Student and Scholars Association (CSSA) was finally able to hold its Lunar New Year celebration on February 11, while the Chinese Student Association Vietnamese (VSA) held an online meeting activity at the same time via Zoom.

William Cheng, the newly elected CSSA President, stressed the importance of diversity in expanding the club’s activities. He said: “Tradition should be celebrated with face-to-face activities and include diversity.

Over the past two years, student participation in school clubs has been suppressed by the COVID-19 pandemic. These activities are clearly important for the cohesion of the campus community, but with a quick search for the latest Dickinsonian problems, far fewer events have been publicized in the past two years than in 2018 and 2019.

“We have made major adjustments in order to promote diversity, sharing this experience with students from different countries,” said CSSA Executive Leo Sun. Photo taken by Cici Liu

Compared to past events organized by CSSA, the 2022 Chinese New Year celebration seemed more innovative and inclusive. New this year included traditional Chinese folk games, karaoke and a talent show. Although participation in all activities is voluntary, students still showed great interest in participating.

The success of the Chinese New Year celebration could be the encouragement the community has been looking for, motivating students to immerse themselves in Dickinson campus life and bond stronger in the community.


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