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Students experience traditional Moon Festival observance

Student performing Vietnamese dance Trang Do ’23 performs a traditional Vietnamese dance during a Moon Festival celebration, October 1.
October 04, 2022
Linda Blaser

Assistant Professor of Chinese and Chair of Asian Studies Ying Wu and seven Lake Forest College students participated in a Moon Festival event hosted at Northwestern University on Saturday, October 1.

In all, seven Chicago-area colleges and universities, including DePaul University, Lake Forest College, Loyola University, North Central College, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago, participated in the event.

The mid-autumn celebration known as Moon Festival is traditionally celebrated in Chinese culture. Similar holidays are observed  in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and other countries in East and Southeast Asia.

Students had an opportunity to socialize with others in Chinese, enjoy traditional Chinese food, and perform for the crowd. Representing Lake Forest College in the talent portion of the observance were Trang Do ’23, an economics major and double minor in Chinese and entrepreneurship and innovation, and Roathnika Lim ’26.  Do performed a traditional Vietnamese dance, while Lim sang a Chinese song.

Edward Aguilar ’26 was among the Lake Forest College students who participated in the festivities. 

“It was such a great opportunity to get to know so many people and celebrate Chinese tradition,” he said.

Group photo on building steps

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