Varied Events Usher in Chinese Year of the Rooster February’s Chinese New Year Festival at Kendall Campus, hosted by Miami’s Chinese Cultural Foundation and MDC’s Confucius Institute, was a cultural extravaganza that few will forget. The day, celebrating the Year of the Rooster, included local dancers as well as professional performers from Disney World who traveled from Orlando for the day. Two variety shows were the headline events, but there were also children’s performances, arts and crafts demonstrations, vendors and plenty of delicious Chinese cuisine. Along with the pageantry, the College’s Confucius Institute and the Chinese Cultural Foundation sponsored the International Forum on Chinese Migration to the Caribbean Basin. The forum examined issues regarding Chinese immigration in the Caribbean region. Scholars from Canada, Jamaica and other countries were present to discuss problems particular to Chinese immigrants in the region, including the preservation of Chinese heritage. Large numbers of Chinese immigrants, mainly from southeast China, have settled in the Caribbean region, many having traveled through Latin America. One of the keynote speakers was the award-winning journalist and former vice president of NBCUniversal, Paula William Madison. Madison grew up in Harlem and wrote the book, Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem, which chronicles her journey to find information on her Chinese grandfather. Williams also produced a video version of the story. The Confucius Institute also teamed up with Student Life at MDC’s Wolfson and North campuses to host colorful celebrations of the Chinese New Year. It collaborated with the Chinese Association of Science, Education and Culture of South Florida (CASEC) to produce the Chinese Lantern Festival, which took place at the American Heritage School. The annual festival included spectacular displays of handmade lanterns representing dragons and other traditional Chinese imagery.
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