Boston College Spring Festival Gala celebrates Chinese New Year

Participants in the interactive game “Who Is the Spy?” during the Boston College Spring Festival Gala Feb. 1. (Photo by Chenyi Wang.)

Participants in the interactive game “Who Is the Spy?” during the Boston College Spring Festival Gala Feb. 1. (Photo by Chenyi Wang.)

By Chenyi Wang


More than 150 members and friends of the Boston College Chinese Student and Scholar Association (BC CSSA) gathered at Boston College’s Gasson Hall on Feb. 1 to celebrate Chinese New Year. The event featured delicious Chinese food and brilliant performances by students from BC, Northeastern University, Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music.

As the strongest cold front left Boston, the 2013 Chinese New Year — known as the Snake year — approached. Beside academic life, Chinese international students in Boston were also busy preparing for New Year celebrations.

The gala began with delicious Chinese food, and the opening dance by the members of BC CSSA executive board was an unexpected icebreaker. Talented students from the four participating universities brought creative performances to the stage. A variety of musical and dancing performances were featured, including a Chopin piano solo, tenor solo, Berklee band, modern dance and Indian belly dance. An original comedy skit by BC students was another hit of the show. The interactive games and lucky draw added more fun to the night.

Students enjoy Chinese food. Image courtesy of Chenyi Wang.

Students enjoy Chinese food. (Photo by Chenyi Wang.)

“There are 300 Chinese international students at BC, including undergraduate and graduate students,” said Qingxuan Meng, chairman of the BC CSSA. “When we first began planning, we intended to create a pleasant and warm atmosphere. Everyone’s enthusiasm, the high-quality performances and delicious Chinese food made tonight perfect.”

Yunzhi Guan is freshman majoring in piano from the New England Conservatory, who performed Chopin’s “Ballade No.3” piano solo. Although it was not her first Chinese New Year in Boston, she was excited about her very first performance for the gala.

“Every performance tonight is its own highlight,” Guan said. “We all enjoy working together.”

Boston College Graduate Student Association (GSA) was a sponsor of the gala. Victoria Pineiro, GSA’s director of advocacy and outreach and Dana Riechman, International Advising Assistant from the Office of International Students and Scholars, attended the gala. They were invited to the stage to participate in the lucky draw. Riechman wished everyone a happy new year in Chinese.

“I enjoyed the show so much,” Pineiro said. “Great show tonight!”

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