Dr. Qingjun (Joan) Li’s Elementary Chinese class was invited to perform at the annual Chinese New Year Celebration Gala hosted by the Greater Nashville Chinese Association (GNCA) on Feb. 2. The Chinese New Year, celebrated on Feb. 10 this year, is the most important festival for all Chinese people whether they are in China or live abroad. The Belmont students’ performance included guitar and dancing, and they sang a popular song entitled “The Moon Represents My Heart” in Chinese with an audience of about 500 people in attendance. Because of their impressive performance, the group received an invitation to perform at the Vanderbilt University Chinese Student and Scholar Association (VUCSSA) New Year Gala on Feb. 9 for an audience of about 1,200 people. Jackson Wells, a student in Belmont’s Intermediate Chinese class played guitar and performed a song both in Chinese and English that he wrote, entitled “Lovesick.” Participation in this event was another of Belmont’s local community activities sponsored by the Asian Studies program
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