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February 15, 2005 > Celebrating the Year of the Rooster at the Fremont Main Library

Celebrating the Year of the Rooster at the Fremont Main Library

by Susana Nuñez

The Fremont Main Library hosted the annual Chinese New Year celebration with a successful turnout on Saturday, Feb. 12. Sponsored by the South Bay Chinese Club and the Citizens for a Better Community, the event included performances, an art demonstration program and complementary food for the public.

Last year's event drew many attendees, but this year's event had an even greater turnout. Many people of various ethnicities attended with their families and the celebration.

Fremont City Councilmember Steve Cho was among the speakers at the event and wished all a very happy New Year. After Cho's short welcome speech, the performances began with the traditional Lion Dance performed by the Tri-City Chinese School. Attendees crowded into the room to watch this and other performances including Kung-Fu Fan performed by Lydia Chan and Lily Tan; Gu-Zheng by Malina Jiang and instructed by Melody Zhen; the dance of the White Colt by Monica Chen; and the dance of the Shadow of Bamboo by Peggy Hung, Linda Qiu, and Tina Wang.

The Fremont Chinese School Flute Choir also performed, directed by Judy Lam, as well as the Crystal Children Choir, directed by Hwei Min Wu Lu and accompanied by Kelsy Lu. The Tri-City Chinese School Parents Choir, also conducted by Lu performed with accompanist Dr. John Lu. Jessica Kao and Eric Ching told stories while Albert Sung demonstrated martial arts. The Bay Area Children Percussion Ensemble, instructed by Scott Welch and directed by Christine Peng, performed as well as Kelsy Lu, accompanied by Dr. Lu, in her violin solo of Spring Celebration.

While the performances ran from 2 to 3:30 p.m., the art demonstration program ran until 4:30 p.m. Yu-Ping Chang used her skills in Chinese calligraphy to make the guests personalized bookmarks. Cindy Gou demonstrated her talent in creating figurines by using dough, and she also had her handcrafted jewelry on display that guests could order and buy at the event. Her more exquisite pieces were made of real pearls and sterling silver.

Beautiful flower arrangements by Sophia Ho attracted the public and Shiao Ping Lee created paper-cutting art. Sue Jane Lee made silk dye art, on which program coordinator Eileen Morrison commented, "We represent our culture through arts such as this Chinese silk art that we included this year." Roses Caf of Fremont and Lions Food Market of Milpitas provided the food in the art room and Citizens for a Better Community donated Chinese sesame balls.

In a separate room, Citizens for a Better Community and South Bay Chinese Club volunteers taught children how to create Chinese lanterns using red envelopes. They also helped them make paper fortune cookies in fun, bright colors.

"The event was divided into three rooms, which is an advantage because the public can focus more on our different programs," said Josephine Chou, vice president of Citizens for a Better Community and chair of the Chinese New Year.

"Members of both organizations worked together with Angela Yang, Karen Pacheco, and Joy Tsou of the Fremont Library to bring such wonderful Chinese entertainment, exhibits, and crafts to the Fremont Community, said Gerry Low-Sabado, co-chair of the South Bay Chinese Club.

 
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