PITTSBURG, KS.--- Well you thought the new year had started, but not for everyone. More than 100 students and community members gathered at the student center at Pittsburg State University to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Chinese students who are studying abroad here in the United States, hosted a program for the Pittsburg community to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The students taught attendees about Chinese culture and the importance of celebrating this holiday together.
"We want to celebrate ourselves and we want to deliver the Chinese culture-- the real Chinese culture to everyone that is nontraditional Chinese," said Ning Ling, PSU Exchange Student.
The Chinese Culture Club has a lot of students from China who are studying abroad at Pitt State. Because many of them are away from their families, they chose to celebrate the new year by sharing their culture and customs with the Pittsburg community.
"I think it's important that families get together and give their best wishes for the following year," said Marx Yuan, Event Coordinator.
American student, Cayla Probert, says she's now eager to learn even more about Chinese culture.
"I'm interested in Chinese culture. I have a Chinese Pitt pal, and I'm also planning a trip this summer to China," said Cayla Probert, American Student.
Many of the Chinese students say that Pittsburg State University represents their American family. Students weren't the only ones in attendance. Members of the community were present, too.
"Other cultures are so important and it's important to share our culture with them and for them to share with us. Especially since a lot of the kids performing here didn't have family, so we kind of got to be that for them tonight," said Ling.
The entire purpose of the Chinese New Year is to wish everyone good luck and good health for the upcoming year.
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