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More than 200 students and families attended Chinese Culture Day at Fridley Middle School on February 16, 2018. Coinciding with Chinese New Year, all families in the district were invited to learn more about the Chinese culture through games, activities and traditional performances.
FMS Chinese language students hosted booths and activities for attendees to enjoy. This was an opportunity for students to practice their language skills, as well as show others what they have learned in class. Students taught calligraphy writing, an art of writing in traditional China, as well as various paper art crafts, including how to make a Chinese paper lantern, and an origami dog in honor of the Year of the Dog.
Attendees also learned how to use chopsticks; play diabolo, a Chinese yo-yo; shuttlecock, a game similar to badminton; ping pong and more. Chinese language students also performed with the diabolo, and others danced and sang along to Chinese songs. A group of students performed original choreography to Chinese song “Power,” by South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO. Students also performed songs, “Bo Po Mo” and “Baby Shark,” two songs which are taught in Chinese language class to help teach new concepts.
FMS Chinese language teacher Yueh Nordin said she was impressed with her students with only two weeks of practice before the event.
“I was amazed at what they could learn, improve and achieve with only a couple weeks of practice in class,” Nordin said. “Two weeks ago, my students didn’t even know how to get the diabolo started, but after practice, they were able to wow the audiences with their performance.”
She added that her students didn’t know the song or routine, but after two weeks of practice, they were able to amaze the audience with a complex routine and amazing dance moves.
Last year, Fridley Middle School was awarded a grant from the University of Minnesota to purchase Chinese culture-related materials, which helped to make the Chinese Culture Day possible. Nordin hopes to continue this tradition for years to come.
“We had great feedback from students and parents and they were asking to continue this event. We hope to make this a yearly event,” Nordin said. “I feel really empowered to know that I can help teach other people something that they have never tried before. It’s really fun and educational.”
Special thanks to parents who volunteered at the event: Rose Nordin, Blair Berger, Bill and Anne Stevenson, Neneng Henriott, and Andy Nordin.