Though a bit delayed due to many students being away for Model UNs, the Upper School finally had the chance to celebrate Chinese New Year, thanks to the efforts of our International Chinese students. Organized primarily by Arthur Qi ’18, the entire Upper School was divided into groups and sent on a rotation, visiting classrooms to learn a sample of Chinese calligraphy, food, the art of paper cutting, and to watch a video that surveyed traditions practiced in Asian countries during this widely celebrated holiday. Ninth grade students were brought to the auditorium first to watch an introduction to the celebration that others witnessed last year. It certainly was a more hands-on celebration this year, giving students the chance to experience some of the customs themselves. The dominance of the color red throughout the festival has to do with its meaning in Chinese culture. Red represents good fortune and happiness as represented in the character to the right.
Global Studies Scholars met this morning with Chris Brandon, a French teacher in the World Languages Department, to explore the history of French colonialism. While surveying the history of other countries, students analyzed colonial propaganda and reflected on the different voices and opinions coming out of colonial history.
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