Asian, Asian-American Community Celebrates at Mid-Autumn Festival
Students and faculty members celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival on Oct. 5 at the Asian/Asian-American (AAA) House on High Street. The event is a festival celebrated by many in Asia, and some key features of the celebration are viewing of the full moon and enjoying mooncakes.
The annual program was a collaboration of AAA, Chinese House, Japanese Hall, and Full House and it was aimed to cultivate a continual awareness of Asian cultural tradition among the Wesleyan community.
Marguerite Nguyen, assistant professor of English and House Advisor of Asian/Asian-American House, spoke about the Mid-Autumn festival and shared her personal experience celebrating the holiday.
The event was geared towards the goal of raising awareness of Asian culture through food, performances, moon cake tasting, and lantern lighting.
Students lit lanterns at the event.
Mid-Autumn Festival is traditionally a popular harvest festival celebrated by people in China and Vietnam. “As it is a highly celebrated holiday, I believe it is important for the Wesleyan community to recognize its prevalence and to learn about the typical ways in which the holiday is celebrated,” Qianyu Wang ’15, the House Manager of AAA, said. (Photos by Eki Ramadhan ’16)