University Hosts Lunar New Year Events

The “Year of the Dragon” will be celebrated beginning on the 2012 Lunar New Year, Jan. 23, through Feb. 2.

Lunar New Year events are provided to educate individuals about the history and traditions of the Asian culture.

Lunar New Year events are provided to educate individuals about the history and traditions of the Asian culture.

Texas Tech’s Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center will celebrate the commencement of the “Year of the Dragon” with a variety of events beginning on the formal 2012 Lunar New Year, Monday (Jan. 23), and continuing through Feb.2.

Lunar New Year events are provided to educate individuals about the history and traditions of the Asian culture while building strong relationships with faculty, staff and students.  All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

Leticia De-Larrosa, coordinator for the Department of Institutional Diversity, said celebrating the Lunar New Year is important for Texas Tech’s campus diversity because Texas Tech seeks to develop its students into global leaders. 

“By participating in Lunar New Year events, the campus community will increase its knowledge of Asian culture, traditions and history, and apply this knowledge in future careers and interpersonal interactions with others,” De-Larrosa said.

2012 Lunar New Year Events Include:

  • Chinese New Year Luncheon

Monday (Jan. 23), 12–1:30 p.m., Merket Alumni Center, free to invited guests

  • Poster Presentation: Chinese Culture, Festivals, Traditions & Calligraphy

Monday (Jan. 23), 3-5 p.m., Student Union Building Matador Room

  • Spring Festival: Year of the Dragon

Wednesday (Feb. 1), 11:30 a.m., Student Union Building North Plaza (Dragon Dance Performance)

12- 1 p.m., Student Union Building Matador Room (Opening Ceremony)

  • Book Discussion: “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom”

Wednesday (Jan.25), 3-5 p.m., Student Union Building Escondido Theatre

  • Movie Festival: “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”

Thursday (Jan. 26), 3-5 p.m., Student Union Building Allen Theatre

  • Lunar New Year Celebration-Chinese Banquet and Talent Show

Saturday (Jan. 28), 7 p.m., Student Union Building Allen Theatre

  • Movie Festival: Two Mr. Wongs and Non-Asian Portrayals of Major Asian Characters in Film

Tuesday (Jan. 31), 6-8:30 p.m., College of Mass Communications 101

  • Lantern Festival

Wednesday (Feb. 1), 1- 2:30 p.m., Student Union Building Red Raider Lounge

  • Public Lecture-Free Labor or Coolies: Nineteenth Century Debates Over Chinese Migration

Thursday (Feb. 2), 3:30-4:30 p.m., Holden Hall 004