2017 Chinese Chinese New Year Culture Display, Experience, and Dinner

When: January 28, 2:00-6:30 PM

Where: Johnson University Tennessee, Phillips-Welshimer Building Room 253


The Chinese New Year culture display will be available for viewing from January 28 until February 12. Anyone who is interested in learning about the origin, tradition and customs of the Chinese New Year Festival can come and explore.

There will be a culture experience session on January 28 from 2-5 p.m., followed immediately by a traditional Chinese festival dinner. The culture experience will provide the chance to win prizes and make crafts under the direction of international Chinese students. The dinner will feature Chinese festival foods and traditions, including the gift of a "red packet" to children under 12 for the Chinese lunar new year.

Previous Events

2016 Middle-Eastern Tennessee High School Chinese Character Recognition Contest

Purpose: To foster the interest in Mandarin Chinese, encourage the sense of achievement in learning the language, and enhance the ability in Chinese script writing among high school students.

When: October 29, 2016, Saturday, 2:00-4:00 PM

Where: Richardson Hall 164, Johnson University

Who: High school students who have learned Chinese for one year or more (students who participated in this contest before are not eligible to register). For more information, please click here.

How: We invite high schools that offer Mandarin Chinese to select 4 students to participate as a team. For more information, please click here.

2016 Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Tea Party

           When: September 18, 2016, Sunday, 4:00-6:00 PM

Where: Gally Commons, Private Dining Room 2&3, Johnson University

About Mid-Autumn Festival:

It falls on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month. According to the observation of the ancient people, the moon on the 15th day of the eighth month is believed to be the fullest and brightest in the year. In agricultural society, the eighth lunar month is also the fall harvest time. After months’ toil and hard work in the fields, people gather together to thank heavenly God for the rich blessings and celebrate the harvest with families and neighbors. This tradition can be dated back to the Shang Dynasty in 16-10th B.C.E.. Sometimes people compare Mid-Autumn Festival to Thanksgiving Day in North America. Mid-Autumn Festival is not celebrated in Chinese communities only, but also in Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese.

Purpose of the tea party:

To foster understanding and friendship and to enhance cross-cultural awareness in the local communities, we hold a tea party to get together with friends on and off campus to share fellowship.