UNCG: Autumn Moon Festival

Last Saturday, the various cultures of Asia and the the Moon Festival, a traditional Chinese festival representing the end of the summer harvest, were celebrated on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in the Elliot University Center auditorium.

The event featured the participation of student groups such as the Hmong, Chinese, and Taiwanese student associations and cultural representatives from the Greensboro area.  Among the main attractions were dancers from the campus and Greensboro Chinese Association, a traditional Korean percussion ensemble and Tae Kwan-Do and Tai Chi Chuan martial arts demonstrations.  The third year running, Robert Campo, the director of the university, International and Global Studies (IGS) program, first organized the event in coordination with the addition of the Asian Studies major to IGS.  The event has grown in success ever since.

Dancers from the Greensboro Chinese Association performed at the festival.

A table was set up for visitors to have their names written out in Japanese.

Scott Rogers of the Tai Chi Wellness and Martial Arts Center in Greensboro demonstrates Tai Chi forms.

UNCG’s Korean student association performs a piece with traditional Korean percussion instruments.

Moon cakes, small pastries filled with a sweet paste filling, have a long association with the moon festival and Chinese mythology.
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