This year, the East Asian Studies Center, the Institute for Korean Studies, Chinese Flagship, and the National Taiwan University BEST program cosponsored an event Saturday, January 28th, for the public to enjoy the Lunar New Year's festivities, games, and food. The public was able to enjoy food from all three participating countries, China, Taiwan, and Korea, with food coming from Chow Bar, Judy's Kitchen, and Korea Restaurant. Participants were able to enjoy activies such as lantern painting, writing New Year's scrolls, folding origami hanboks (hanbok jong-i jeobgi), and playing yut-nori. Red envelopes were handed out that contained chocolate coins to mimic New Year's allowances along with little factoid sheets about how Lunar New Year's is celebrated in China, Taiwan, or Korea. The envelopes also contained raffle tickets for the raffle in which participants had a chance to win a snack bag (one from each of the three countries) and a grand prize winner with snacks from all three countries.
Thank you to everyone who came out to help us celebrate this important East Asian holiday and thank you to our cosponors for putting on a great event!