Taking the lead on AAPI celebrations this month, Middle School students demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Pingry's annual Lunar New Year Assembly in February celebrated the year of the tiger, beginning in colorful, festive form with a traditional Dragon Dance featuring Middle School students who proceeded from the top rear of Hauser Auditorium down to the stage; Chinese dragons are believed to bring good luck and chase away evil spirits. "For Asian families around the world, Lunar New Year is a time of great festivities and joy when families come together to celebrate the arrival of a new year," said Kyra Li '23, who co-hosted with Charles Jiang '23.
The audience was also treated to an instrumental arrangement, played on a traditional Chinese woodwind instrument, of the folk song "Yimeng Mountain Minor," which was composed by a soldier to express the beauty of nature and peace after returning from a chaotic battle during World War II in China; the K-Pop Club performing "Loco" by ITZY (embracing the feeling of being lost in love); the poem "Prelude to Water Melody" (adapted from a classic poem written more than 1,000 years ago); "face changing" with a guest performer from the National Peking Opera; Taiko drumming; and a fashion show. Winners were also announced in the "Best Tiger Drawing" contest run by the Middle School Comics and Drawing Club (categories: Best Drawn, Most Creative, Weirdest).
Contact: Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer, Editor of The Pingry Review