Annual Chinese New Year celebrated at MHS Jenkins Auditorium
The Chinese Culture Connection (CCC) and Malden Asian Cultural Club’s annual Chinese New Year Celebration took place Saturday afternoon at Malden High School’s Jenkins Auditorium. According to the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, 2013, the year of the black snake, begins on February 10.
The snake is the sixth of twelve signs in the Chinese zodiac and is associated with introspection and intuition.
Saturday’s event was a colorful extravaganza featuring traditional songs and dances and attracted an audience of over 300 people.
“We have been planning this for a few months,” said organizer Mei Hung. “We have a bunch of members who take great pride in this. It really brings together the local Asian community, they participate with great enthusiasm.”
Mayor Gary Christenson surprised the audience by delivering a small speech in fluent Mandarin. (He had done something similar during the Chinatown festival last summer.)
“Good Afternoon! How are you? I’m Gary Christenson…” he began, as the audience laughed and clapped. He continued, “…the Mayor of Malden. I’m so glad to be here to celebrate the Chinese New Year with you all. And, of course, I’m especially looking forward to all the great food! Thank you for having me. Happy Year of Snake! May the coming year bring you good health and fortune!”
“He did a great job. He told me he plans on coming to our classes,” Mei Hung commented later.
The performances included elegant Tai Chi demonstrations by the Yang Style Tai Chi Association, folk dancing by the Pearl Dance Troupe, and performances by the CCC’s Multi-Arts Performance Troupe. The Guzheng Youth Ensemble played Chinese instrumentls.
MATV’s Around the Rim welcomes special guest
Malden Access Television’s popular show Around the Rim invited Malden Mayor Gary Christenson as their special guest Thursday evening. Around the Rim, hosted by Nester Dudley, provides live coverage of the Malden Neighborhood Basketball League (MNBL). The pair discussed official MNBL standings and the weekly awards, among other things.
“Every year is a fun experience, particularly with the host Nester Dudley,” said the mayor. “The entire show is a reminder of all the great work that the [MNBL] is doing with our kids. The only difficult part about appearing on the show is getting caught up in the “Web” where Mr. Dudley can ask me any question he wants, but luckily he went easy on me this year!”