CIE Newsletter March 2016
Center for International Education (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Happy Chinese New Year everyone!!
My name is Stephanie Setiawan and I was born in Indonesia. Although I was born in Indonesia, I am not 100% Indonesian. Many people like me are mixed, Indonesia is a large country with a lot of cultures. There are a lot of Chinese Indonesians in my country. As a Chinese Indonesian, we celebrate Chinese New Year and we called it "Sin Cia" or "Imlek." Im means moon and Lek means dates from the Hokkian dialect or in mandarin called Yin Li, means Lunar New Year.
There are sixth unique traditions to celebrate the Lunar New Year. First is sweeping the house. Dirt is the symbol of bad luck. So we need to sweep the house one day before the Lunar New Year to make all the bad luck go away and so that there will be space for luck in our house. Secondly, we always decorate our houses with red and wear red clothes. We believe the red colors scare away the beasts. Third is giving out Angpao (red envelopes) to children or those who are not married. Usually you will fill out the Angpao with money. It is believed that if you give away Angpao, it will bring you good luck for the coming years. Fourth is prepare food such as orange and cake basket. We also eat uncut noodles because this is believed to bring a long life. The fifth is fireworks. We believe that fireworks will also scare the beasts. Finally, we visit our relatives and wear our new clothes and buy new household items and decor. This is meant to symbolize our gratitude for all that we will receive in the coming year.
STUDENT OF THE MONTH
Joyce de Lima Mamede is an exchange student from Brazil, studying biology through a scholarship called The Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program. She is very happy to have the opportunity to be an exchange student at UW Bothell, and has found the equipment and library to be really great. She said students at UWB, Bothell have a really good opportunity and should take advantage of it. If you want to be successful she said, “Don’t be afraid to try new things.”
STUDENT OF THE MONTH
Terry is a junior from China who studies Business and Media and Communication. He started as a freshman at UWB and feels that the campus has a lot of opportunities for international students. He is very involved in school. He currently is the president of the Chinese Students Association, was an ambassador last spring quarter, and is also part of a business organization, called BOLD. He explains that to be successful we should not be shy to get involved around campus and be active!
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