Eastern Asian Tradition

Picture of a traditional Chinese New Year's Dinner
A traditional Chinese New Years Dinner. TINA LI

Though there aren’t many Eastern Asian cultural centers around here, that doesn’t stop sophomore Cole Haag and his family. “Whenever we can find the time, we will go to the Asian Cultural Center in Boston, which has art exhibitions, Chinese theater, and occasionally some concerts by top bands from around Eastern Asia,” he says. Senior Tommy He who is a first-generation American of Chinese parents adds that “there is a Chinese New Year celebration at the [Longmeadow] Community [House], which we go to and meet other families that are Chinese,” adding that he can use his Mandarin to communicate with others. By doing this he gets a taste of Chinese culture, which “is more direct, honest and open.”

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