An International Perspective on International Week: China

International Week offered the opportunity to present delicious food and national costumes of many countries around the world. This spirit was well-reflected by the student contingent from China. Sponsored by McKinsey& Company Greater China, the Chinese corner wore a colorful look with the national flag in the background.

On Thursday of International Week, students from the Chinese section dressed in ethnic costumes and served sumptuous dumplings to the crowd. Among the many sauces present at the table were dumpling sauce, which is made with soy sauce, vinegar, and hot chili oil.

On Friday, there was a colorful fashion show on display by the students. The costumes worn by women are called “Qipao” (Ch’ipau). With its long-standing elegance and serenity, Qipao is one of the most typical, traditional dress for Chinese women. The men wore “Tang-zhuang,” the traditional Chinese jacket called so because its origins can be traced to the Tang Dynasty during China’s Golden Age.

The Chinese section also thrilled the crowd with the national Lion Dance. Going back some one thousand years, the dance is part of festivities such as Chinese New Year, the openings of restaurants and weddings. If well-performed, the Lion Dance is believed to bring luck and happiness.

November 7, 2005
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