Rollins Celebrates Chinese Moon Festival and Educates Campus about Asian Culture

October 06, 2010

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), in partnership with the students of That’s So Asian (formerly known as the Asian American Student Association), the Chinese Student Organization and Disney’s Learn and Earn Program last week celebrated the Chinese Moon Festival outside the campus center during dinner hours.

“This celebration pulled many of the international students together,” said Airam Dato-on (Class of 2013).  “The gathering showed that Rollins is growing in terms of diverse students.”

The Chinese Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is a traditional Chinese celebration also celebrated in many Asian countries that occurs on the 15th of the 8th lunar month. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, sing moon poems and eat moon cakes.
Several other Asian treats were available as well, such as individual custard cakes and pineapple cakes. Frozen desserts included coconut ice cream, mango ice cream and halo-halo, a traditional Filipino dessert. In addition to all the great food, Rollins students had the opportunity to take home a special gift: their name written in Chinese calligraphy.

Prior to the event, students from Disney’s Learn and Earn program gathered in Ward Hall and prepared traditional Chinese food. Students from different classes, including Professor of Philosophy & Religion Hoyt Edge’s class and Chinese Student Organization advisor and Professor of Anthropology Bob Moore’s class, had the opportunity to share delicious Chinese noodles, rice cakes, moon cakes and green tea, among other Chinese delicacies. In all, more than 40 students got together to learn about each other, play games, share food and enjoy the afternoon.

"My team is realizing the growing need for recognizing diversity of our Asian students, staff and faculty here at Rollins,” said Director of Multicultural Affairs Mahjabeen Rafiuddin. “It is a very exciting time for us at Rollins."

By Michael Barrett (Class of 2013)

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