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Asia Society Welcomes ‘The Year of the Monkey’

Students, staff and faculty came together to celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Brookdale Asia Society on Feb. 16 in the Student Life Center.

The free event kicked off with a presentation by Asia Society president Kevin Johnson, who explained the main concepts of the Chinese New Year, which began on Feb. 8.

Johnson explained how the holiday celebrates the changing of one of 12 animal zodiacs that form the Chinese calendar, including the rat, the dragon and the pig. 2016 marks “The Year of the Monkey,” a symbol of success and bravery, said Asia Society advisor and Brookdale math professor Linda Wang.

“The monkey king fights for justice and helps the weak,” said Wang.

Students try to pick up marbles with chopsticks during the Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 16

Students try to pick up marbles with chopsticks during the Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 16

Audience members were also encouraged to learn their own Chinese zodiac sign, which reflects the year they were born. Different signs, Wang said, are said to carry different character traits that can influence human behavior.

Other activities included the opportunity to make customized artwork from Chinese calligraphy, a competition to pick up marbles with chopsticks, and an origami station.

The event concluded with a choreographed performance by more than one dozen members of the Brookdale Dance Club.

The Chinese New Year celebration is an annual event hosted by the Asia Society in an effort to promote learning and understanding of Chinese culture.

To learn more about upcoming campus events, check out the Student Life and Activities calendar here.

Check out more photos of the Chinese New Year celebration here.

– Article by Mikaela Mazzeo, college relations intern