Community Life

Video: Westfield Area Chinese American Association Celebrates New Year

82d544816b524e1df999_01a16a1615894c67107b_choir_no_border.jpg
An inter-generational chorus performs a bilingual rendition of “Amazing Grace” in the talent show. Credits: Charlotte Morabito
4c0136f4bf2cfb8bdc68_549575ca55204fbbd2d1_dragon_no_border.jpg
The Northern New Jersey Chinese Association opened the talent show with a traditional Dragon Dance. Credits: Charlotte Morabito
71b69727ba8d99ab4a19_00104a29d44ba479836d_Traditional_Dance_no_border.jpg
The Lady W Qipao Company performs a dance titled: “The Beauty of Qipao Accentuated by Chinese Fans.” Qipao is a traditional type of Chinese dress. Credits: Charlotte Morabito
82d544816b524e1df999_01a16a1615894c67107b_choir_no_border.jpg

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Area Chinese American Association celebrated Chinese New Year Saturday at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield with more than 200 members of the local Chinese-American community in attendance.

The festivities started with carnival-style activities for the kids, followed by a dinner of traditional Chinese cuisine and a talent show that included 20 acts with performers all ages.

Members of the WACAA said they value the new year celebration for the time they get to spend with their friends and family while also giving back to their community.

Sign Up for E-News

“New Year gives us a chance to gather with our friends,” said Joy Qin, who has attended the celebration for the past five years. “It’s great we can get together and celebrate. It’s really a family thing. I feel great to be able to contribute to the Chinese community.”

Qin said that her whole family contributed to the event. She helped decorate the church and prepare desserts. Other members of her family planned performances for the talent show.

“In China, New Year is the biggest holiday,” said Chris Wu, a first-time attendee of the Westfield event. “In America, we take a day off for New Year and then forget about it. In China, we take two to three weeks off. It’s comparable to Thanksgiving or Christmas as far as get-togethers go.”

Chinese New Year was Feb. 16. This is the year of the Earth Dog. According to the Chinese zodiac, those born this year will be communicative, serious and responsible in their work.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Clark

How to Find Beneficial Native Plants for Healthy Yards and Gardens

May 27, 2018

Home gardeners and property managers who are interested in joining the native plant movement can get resources and information – and plants – through the Union County “Plant Swap & Shop” event on Thursday evening, June 7, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Union County Demonstration Garden in the Watchung Reservation.

Plant Swap & Shop is free but re-registration is ...

Vehicular Homicide Charges for Driver of Paramus School Bus

May 24, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The driver of a school bus involved in a crash on Route 80 last week that killed two people faces two counts of second-degree vehicular homicide/death by auto, it was announced today.

The driver, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Woodland Park, attempted to make an illegal U-Turn on the highway in an attempt to find his way to Waterloo Village, the planned destination of the bus that was ...

I'm Excited To See What Sara Todisco Will Do As Mayor.

May 25, 2018

My first time hearing the name Sara Todisco was when reading about her in a newspaper article during her first year on Council. A couple citizens made comments about her age and how they thought she was too young on an anonymous online forum. I responded that here was a young person eager to get involved in our town. We should give her a chance and if we weren't satisfied, we could ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!

 

Obituaries

Jun 29, 1927 - Apr 23, 2018
Margaret (Peggy) Kirk Leonard passed away Monday, April 23rd, surrounded by her loved ones. Peggy ...
Read more

NJ American Water Working to Replace Water Mains in Clark

May 16, 2018

VOORHEES, NJ – New Jersey American Water plans to replace roughly 1,200 feet of water main lines in Clark according to a notice released on May 16.

The document indicates the company is replacing main along Georgian Drive, from Ross Street to Sherwood Circle that was originally installed in the 1930s.  Two hydrants and 29 utility-owned service lines along the pipeline route will ...