Sharing Asian Culture

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By Sarah Sun

Samulnori players held up their drumsticks in triumph.

The Asian Culture Festival captivated a large audience at the Great Neck Main Library on Sunday, Dec. 2. Arranged by the library’s Music Advisory Committee, in partnership with the Great Neck Chinese Association (GNCA), the event was intended to promote Asian culture and community involvement.

Li Chang was director of the event.

“We look forward to sharing with you this amazing culture and, of course, the many programs at the library,” said Gabe Chieco, founding member of the Music Advisory Committee, an all-volunteer group that represents a wide range of musical experience and performance.

“I’m really excited to help boost respect for different traditions and beliefs,” said Li Chang, director of the event. “This is our third time hosting a cultural event at the library.”

Gina Chen starred in the Chinese Hebei Fan Dance.

Growing applause rang through the crowd as the dancers finished their performance with flourish. The beat of the drums resonated throughout the room, played by musicians clad in traditional red clothing, the color symbolizing power and luck. People crowded into the room, filling the seats and the space along the walls.

The festival introduced different varieties of traditional songs, dances and instruments.

The Chinese Hebei Fan Dance, a traditional Asian dance originating from China’s Hebei province, featured Gina Chen, who graduated from a performing arts school and specializes in folk dancing. The beauty of this talented dancer’s performance “wowed the crowd.”

Ricky Deng played the cucurbit flute.

Ricky Deng, a fifth grader at Lakeville Elementary School, played a cucurbit flute solo, “Bamboo in the Moonlight,” an elegant melody by the famous Chinese composer, Shi Guang-Nan. This unique instrument is a free reed wind instrument from China. Deng’s amazing performance brought thunderous applause from the audience as the musician took his final bow.

The gayageum performance starred Chris and Julia Park.

Occupying a position similar to the piano in Western civilization, the gayageum is a Korean string instrument belonging to the zither family that’s crucial to traditional Korean music. Chris and Julia Park starred in a gayageum performance about The Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven.

Beginning with the rhythmic beat of the Chinese Drums by East Wind Percussion Academy and ending with blended voices of the chorus, led by Angela Chen, the event introduced Asian culture to the community—and really brought it to life.

“It was a really eye-opening experience,” said Angela Chang, a North High student and the show’s emcee. “It was nerve wracking, because I never talked in front of this many people before, but it was a pretty wholesome experience and I really enjoyed it.”

Read more about the event in Chinese below.

Sarah Sun is a sixth grader at South Middle School, a GNCA reporter/writer and founder of the Mini Nonprofit Project, mininonprofit.weebly.com.


Cultural Festival Features Music And Dancing

By Christina Bai

The spectacular Asian Culture Festival included 13 singing, dancing and instrumental performances, which brought hundreds of people to the once-quiet Great Neck Main Library to watch the combination Chinese and Korean cultural show on Dec. 2.

Though all the performances were truly terrific, many would agree that the most popular was the Chinese Magical Face Mask Change. The professional actor brought a lot of excitement to the audience, especially the children. When he was dancing around and waving his fan, his mask would suddenly change.

The three event emcees announced the acts.

In addition to the performances, the show’s three emcees from Great Neck’s middle and high schools did a fabulous job introducing the acts.

“It was an excellent performance with very talented children,” commented Dr. Dasher, a Great Neck audience member.

“Great Neck is a growing community with many cultures, and our purpose today is to promote the Asian culture here in Great Neck,” explained Li Chang, director of this event.

This festival would not have occurred without Robert Schaufeld, the library board president; Dr. Barry Smith, a trustee; and the Music Advisory Committee.

“We are here today to learn about the Asian cultures, because of Great Neck’s growing community and various types of culture,” said Gabe Chieco, founding member of the Music Advisory Committee. “Here at the library, we strongly encourage cultural interaction, and we have seven programs a year for this purpose.”

These cultural festivals allow the community to share and learn about different cultures while having fun.

Christina Bai is a South Middle School sixth grader and Great Neck Chinese Association reporter.


大颈华人协会举办亚洲文化表演

By Issac Xu
12月2日下午,纽约长岛大颈华人协会(GNCA)在大颈图书馆主办了亚洲文化表演,参加表演的演员50多人,精彩的演出吸引了数百观众。图书馆的演出大厅都挤不下了,很多小朋友坐在最前排的地上,也有很多观众站后排。
活动为观众带来了13个精彩的节目,包括唱歌、跳舞以及各种乐器的表演,五年级学生邓兆棋的葫芦丝演奏,很受大家的欢迎。廖祖华表演的“变脸”,让大家近距离体会这种传统文化表演的精妙,演员上场时带着面具,甩了一下头,他的面具就变了!他跟小朋友握一下手,他脸上的面具就会变一下。除了华裔的表演,韩国学校也带来了三个非常出色的节目,他们的打击乐非常震撼,本次表演的三位主持人都是来自大颈的中学生。
导演常丽指出:“感谢大颈图书馆的热情,让我们有机会展示我们的亚洲文化的音乐和舞蹈节目,我们也非常珍惜这个推广亚洲文化的机会。”
大颈华人协会的代表孙佳麟以及大颈图书馆的两位董事Robert Schaufeld和 Dr. Barry Smith参加了活动并致辞。
“大颈的亚裔人口越来越多;我们希望将丰富的亚洲文化带来我们的社区,”来自图书馆音乐委员会的Gabe说。“大颈图书馆每年组织7次这样的活动,以增进各个族裔的更好融合。”
(大颈华人协会 徐明轩报道)

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