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Students Drive Successful AANHPI Celebration!

The thunder outside the Griffin Museum of Photography on Wednesday evening was outmatched by the claps of applause for the performers in the Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Celebration.

Renee Lubomirski led off with a Chinese classical dance, “The Peacock Flies Southeast,” followed by an extremely energetic demonstration by students from Mr. Ku’s TaeKwonDo School. The multigenerational audience of about 75 people enjoyed music pieces from Hakyoung Choi, singing a Korean folk song called “Arirang” accompanied with Piri, the Korean flute; Sophia Joh, also performing a Korean song with an Ajeng, a Korean string instrument; and Lu Yan, playing the Liuquin, a Chinese string instrument.

Winchester High School students from the Asian American Club and the Chinese Culture Club and community members led attendees in activities ranging from a Chopsticks game to calligraphy. A favorite activity was sampling various foods, from savory scallion pancakes to Indian sweet treats. The biggest highlight of the evening for many was seeing the full room of people of diverse backgrounds engaged in conversation and making connections. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this annual celebration!

We’re interested in your feedback about the event and would appreciate your responses to a brief survey which you can access here.

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