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Tai Chi & Lion Dance: A Celebration of Chinese Culture

| Kaishan Kong

A Chinese lion dance performed in front of a crowd
Students standing around a room listening to a Tai Chi instructor
A woman instructing students to cut paper figures
A man performing Tai Chi

To celebrate the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Languages Department was honored to invite two award-winning artists to our campus this past Tuesday and Wednesday to share authentic Chinese culture with the Eau Claire community.  Ms. Caiyun Zhou and Mr. Adrian Stockman have practiced Chinese martial arts in both China and the U.S. for over two decades and run a Kungfu studio in the Twin Cities.  On Tuesday, they presented a beautiful Chinese tea ceremony in the Languages Department and visited multiple Chinese language and culture classes where they taught students how to do paper-cutting and Kungfu. On Wednesday, they gave a phenomenal performance of Tai Chi and the Lion Dance to the Blugold family and the Eau Claire community in the Davies Center-Ojibwe ballroom. The audience was engaged in this interactive performance and appreciated some rich cultural heritage of China.  This event was more than just a showcase of traditional Chinese culture. It was an opportunity for us all to come together to appreciate diverse cultural backgrounds.