By Kawala Xie
Students gathered to celebrate the start of the Year of the Horse on Feb. 7 at Boston College’s Gasson Hall. More than a hundred guests enjoyed a remarkably warm night hosted by the Boston College Chinese Students and Scholars Association (BCCSSA).
This year, BCCSSA’s executive board worked together to put on a performance based mostly on original content, ranging from the opening dance to the skit written and enacted by BC students.
“It’s a combined effort of all CSSA members and students who voluntarily participate,” said Yue Zhao, BCCSSA president. She indicated that this year’s gala is a, “BC original.”
The program director of the gala, Christy Wang, said, “There were a few minor incidents during the show, but I’m glad that both the performers and hosts improvised on stage. The overall performance still looked good.”
The two highlighted programs of the night were “I’m A Singer,” which was adapted from a popular singing competition TV show in China, and a skit that included elements from a TV drama “Zhenhuan Zhuan.” The gala reached a climax at the end of “I’m A Singer” when the last competitor performed a well-known Chinese song. Everyone sang along and clapped to the beat. The audience then voted for the winner of “Best Singer,” BC freshman Sissi Liu.
Liu appreciated the support of the audience. “I’m happy that people like my performance,” she said. “The other singers are all very qualified competitors. I’m surprised.”
The gala also had games and a raffle to engage the audience.
“BC is a small community and that’s why CSSA is more like a big family,” said Angel Chen, gala director and vice president of BCCSSA.
Zhao and Chen said CSSA has been actively contributing to BC’s Chinese community through various social events. Upcoming CSSA events include the recruitment of new members and “If You Are the One,” a matchmaking event in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts, Boston.