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2019 Festival Spo


Dear Friends, Welcome to the 8th Annual Lunarfest, Connecticut’s largest celebration of Lunar New Year and Chinese culture! We are thrilled this year to welcome Affinity Federal Credit Union as our 2019 Festival Sponsor to bring you over 20 educational programs and activities across nine venues – all free and open to the public. New Haven’s very own Chinese parade has grown to become the biggest Lion and Dragon Dance Parade yet. Traveling down Whitney Avenue and Audubon Street, our marchers will join the famed lion dancers of the Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute, spreading good luck and prosperity to New Haven merchants, schools, and non-profit organizations in the neighborhood. We are especially excited this year to thank and welcome the students who have built their own Chinese dragons to march alongside us – they are from John C. Daniels, Cooperative Arts & Humanities, ACES Educational Center for the Arts, and ACES Wintergreen Magnet in Hamden. Following the parade, we have programmed a variety of fun and educational opportunities to continue the celebration indoors: discover Chinese music, learn tai chi, make a shadow puppet, take a photo in our Zodiac photo booth, take home a paper craft, and make new friends! As the Founding Partners, we are pleased to present Lunarfest in its 8th year, which is made possible with growing support from many community leaders, such as our venue partners, parade sponsors, businesses who have contributed in-kind services, and grants that enable us to bring this educational festival to you. We hope you will help us kick off the new year with our partners in the Whitney-Audubon Retail & Arts District, where you will find many great places to dine, shop, and explore throughout the day! Thank you for joining our 8th Annual Lunarfest, and we wish you a Happy Year of the Pig! With warm wishes for a great Lunarfest celebration,

David Youtz President Yale-China Association

Richard Sosa Program Director Yale Council on East Asian Studies

Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky Executive Director New Haven Museum

Gung Hey Fat Choy! Happy Year of the Pig! I am delighted to welcome New Haven Residents and Guests to our annual Lunarfest New Year Celebration, now in its 8th year showcasing Chinese culture in 8 venues throughout our diverse and creative city. As a special component of this year’s festivities, the Lion and Dragon Dance Parade will feature hand-crafted Chinese dragons crafted by New Haven Public School students. New Haven’s Board of Alders, Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism and Cultural Affairs Commission (sponsors of the annual Mayor’s Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant Program), join me as we salute The Yale-China Association, ACES International, and Aiping Tai Chi Center for their innovative programmatic initiatives and educational experiences for our City and Region’s youth. I hope you will enjoy and participate in the delightful performances, exhibitions, demonstration workshops, and talks presented throughout this year’s Lunarfest, and also stop by to visit the fine merchants, galleries, and arts schools in the Whitney-Audubon District whose sponsorship makes this event and our City such a special place to live, work, learn and create! Congratulations to the Founding Partners of Lunarfest 2019 for striving to achieve sustainable community-wide partnerships through this exciting 2019 Lunar New Year’s event. Special thanks to Town Green District and Ambassadors for your cordial welcome to ALL even on a cold winter day and finally, our gratitude to this year’s Festival Sponsor Affinity Federal Credit Union for their support and embrace of the diversity and talent that positions New Haven as a global destination in the Creativity Economy. Enjoy this very special event and don’t forget to take home a symbolic souvenir piggy bank. May New Haven enjoy a most auspicious Year of the Pig! With Spirit and Happiness to ALL! Toni N. Harp Mayor

Lunarfest Activities! YALE-CHINA ASSOCIATION

442 Temple Street.......................................................................................12:00-4:00PM Come to the Yale-China Association for Lunar New Year storytelling. Hear about the unique Lunar New Year traditions, customs, and experiences of others. Share and record your own story. While you are here, browse our exhibit and pick up your Lunarfest materials and souvenirs!


114 Whitney Avenue..................................................................................12:00-4:00PM Get your body moving to celebrate Lunar New Year at the New Haven Museum. Experience the beauty, grace, and power of ancient Chinese martial arts and Chinese folk dances through participatory workshops and performances given by the Aiping Tai Chi Center, Wu Dang Kungfu Academy, the Southern Connecticut Chinese School, and the Butterfly Dance Troupe. Enjoy family-friendly arts & crafts stations and take home your work.


34 Hillhouse Avenue.................................................................................... 1:00-4:00PM Be enthralled by one of the oldest forms of Chinese theater at Luce Hall, where the Kunqu Society will perform Kneeling by the Pond from the play Roar of the Lioness (狮吼记:跪池) by Wang Tingna of the Ming Dynasty. Test your skills at solving lantern riddles with the Yale Police Department. Meet the Yale-China Fellows from Changsha and Hong Kong who will teach you Chinese New Year greetings and how to write your own.


55 Whitney Avenue ........................................................................... 11:30AM-4:00PM Drop by Affinity Federal Credit Union, Lunarfest 2019’s Festival Sponsor Headquarters. Be sure to pick up your official Lunarfest 2019 piggy bank, attend financial literacy classes, take selfies at the zodiac photo booth, learn about Hong Kong's wishing tree tradition, and make your own Year of the Pig wishes!


100 Audubon Street........................................................................... 11:30AM-2:30PM Neighborhood Music School welcomes all music lovers to enjoy the distinctive melodies of Chinese music performed by the Celadon Youth. Enjoy face painting and familyfriendly arts & crafts stations.


80 Audubon Street............................................................................. 11:30AM-3:00PM Exercise your creativity at the Creative Arts Workshop. Try your hand at Chinese calligraphy or another arts & craft project. Watch the Oomapossum Puppets bring the story of The Three Little Pigs to life through the magic of shadow puppetry. Learn about the history of shadow puppetry, create and animate a little piggy shadow puppet to mesmerize your own audiences at home.


51 Trumbull Street........................................................................................ 3:00-6:00PM Explore the Ely Center’s latest raw and refined exhibit: Ear to the ground, featuring 73 artists of diverse backgrounds and disciplines. There will also be a special performance by Yale-China Arts Fellow Nicole Pun from Hong Kong featuring a telling of story of your own and fortune cookies.

OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS & SCHOLARS 421 Temple Street.......................................................................................12:00-1:30PM The Office of International Students & Scholars is happy to open its doors and share its knowledge of calligraphy and painting as we celebrate the Year of the Pig! Members of the International Spouses & Partners at Yale Chinese Painting & Calligraphy Group will be available to demonstrate calligraphy and painting techniques and help you create your own Lunar New Year scroll to take home.

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Friday, February 15, 2019 7:00pm-9:00pm at Luce Hall Run Time: 30 minutes with a brief filmed introduction by Justin Cheung, followed by Q & A

Troubled by the way Hong Kong treats its 300,000 domestic workers, a filmmaker turns the camera on his own relationship with Teresita Lauang, the Filipino domestic worker who has spent decades away from her family to raise his family. In this honest and intimate portrayal of their relationship, we see that familial love can take many different forms. This documentary is a tribute to the women who contribute so much to Hong Kong society at the expense of time away from their family.

Filmmaker Biography: As the eldest son of acclaimed Hong Kong film director Alfred Cheung, 23-year-old Justin Cheung was inspired to make films by watching pirated DVDs his father would bring back from China. He grew up shooting short films and went on to attend NYU Tisch School of Arts. Justin believes in telling entertaining stories and using films as a voice for the marginalized. He currently works in Los Angeles. The screening of Yaya is sponsored by

Wishing Tree Tradition What Is the Wishing Tree Tradition? The Lam Tseun Wishing Tree(許願樹)is a famous Hong Kong Lunar New Year tradition dating back to the Song Dynasty. People of all ages visit this tree to throw their wishes for the New Year onto the tree to tell the gods their hopes for a prosperous year. It is believed the higher a wish lands on the tree, the better its chances of coming true. People often wish for a variety of things including success in academics, career, wealth, love, fertility, etc. People can wish for more than one thing; however, one must not wish for too many things or risk seeming greedy to the gods.

How Does the Wishing Tree Tradition Work? At the Lam Tseun Wishing Tree, people throw pieces of paper(寶牒)tied to oranges onto the tree. For wishes to be granted by the gods, a person’s name and birthdate is usually written on the paper along with the wish. This ensures the gods know whom to grant the wishes to. The wish must land and stay on the tree even if it takes multiple tries. Traditionally, wishes are written on red or yellow paper, and people use real oranges. Today, wishes are written on any color paper and some people even use pre-printed wishes in multiple choice form to check off their wishes! Additionally, plastic oranges are now used to support the longevity of the wishing tree.

Visit Affinity Federal Credit Union to partake in Lunarfest’s own version of the Wishing Tree

2019 Lunar New Year Kunqu Opera February 16, 2019 2:00 pm | Henry R. Luce Hall Auditorium Chinese Kunqu Opera stands as the oldest extant genre of Chinese theatre and has had far-reaching influences on Chinese literature, stage performance, music, and dance. In 2001, UNESCO proclaimed kunqu to be a masterpiece of “the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.” Please join the Kunqu Society for a performance of Kneeling by the Pond from the play Roar of the Lioness (狮吼记:跪池) by Ming dynasty playwright Wang Tingna. Roar of the Lioness is a famous family comedy, whose title has become a common phrase referring to a tempestuous woman and her henpecked husband.

The hour-long performance will be followed by a Q & A with the performers.

Shadow Puppet Show

at Creative Arts Workshop

Puppet Show at 1:00PM Workshop from 1:45-3:00PM

at Creative Arts Workshop in the Painter’s Studio on the second floor

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with Kimberly Van Aelst of Oompapossum Puppets who will perform the shadow puppet show: The Three Little Pigs. Following the show, learn about the history of shadow puppetry in China and participate in a workshop in which you can make your own Year of the Pig shadow puppet. Sponsored by the Yale-China Association & Arts for Learning Connecticut. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

The Three Little Pigs by Kimberly Van Aelst

Henry R. Luce Hall 1:00 pm The last day of Spring Festival is the first full moon. This is also the first day of Lantern Festival. Guessing lantern riddles is an essential part of the Lantern Festival and has a history of at least 1,500 years. Try your skill at guessing some riddles with the Yale University Police Department Community Engagement Officers. You may even go home

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Nicole Pun, Yale-China Arts Fellow Ely Center of Contemporary Art February 16, 2019 3:00pm-6:00pm Want to know your fortune in the new year? Come and participate in this performed art experience. More importantly, enjoy a taste of the unique fortune cookie.

MACMILLAN CENTER Council on East Asian Studies

Happy Lunar New Year !

From the Council on East Asian Studies

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CEAS is Yale’s interdisciplinary hub for the study of all aspects of East Asia and its constituent peoples, cultures, and societies. For more than fifty years, its mission has been to support scholarships of the highest level across the humanities and social sciences, and to facilitate deeper understanding of the region at Yale and beyond. Home to the University’s undergraduate major and Master’s program in East Asian Studies, CEAS hosts a wide range of speakers, events and visiting scholars throughout the year, offers a competitive Postdoctoral Associates Program, and provides a generous array of grants and fellowships. Visit our website for events calendar and more information.


from a Parade volunteer! THE CHINESE RED ENVELOPE 红包 hong bao in Mandarin or 利是 lai see in Cantonese contains a monetary gift and is often given out at celebrations and holidays to wish its recipients fortune and happiness. Feel free to add money to your envelope and feed it to the lion as per tradition.



LUNARFEST SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16  Yale-China Association  New Haven Museum  Luce Hall  Lion & Dragon Dance Parade Neighborhood Music School   Creative Arts Workshop  Ely Center for Contemporary Arts Partner Remarks  Affinity Federal Credit Union  Office of International •

Students & Scholars Lion Dance Finale


10:00am Parade on Whitney Ave.









 Pick up your free Lunarfest piggy bank at Affinity Federal Credit Union 55 Whitney Avenue










We’re committed

to improving the financial lives of our members, friends and neighbors in the communities we serve.

We are proud to support the

Yale-China Association and Lunarfest 2019!

Wishing a new year of good fortune, luck, and prosperity to all! 我们非常荣幸能为雅礼协会以及2019春节活动提供支持! 恭祝大家新年吉祥好运!

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Thank you to our amazing 2019 volunteers. We couldn’t put on this event without you. This year’s Lion and Dragon Dance Parade featured dragons made by Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, ACES Educational Center for the Arts, John C. Daniels Interdistrict Magnet School of International Communication, ACES Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School, and the Asian Network at Yale. Thank you to the students, faculty, and staff who supported this exciting initiative!

International Association of New Haven is delighted to support the 8th Annual Lunarfest We wish everyone a Happy Lunar New Year in the Year of the Pig! As an independent charitable foundation, the International Association of New Haven is committed to funding programs that enhance and promote cultural understanding in our diverse community. Get more information on grantmaking and event sponsorships at:


Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year to our Chinese friends, neighbors and visitors in New Haven and beyond!

Chinese Language School of Connecticut at UCONN-Stamford Est. 2002

Warmest Greetings from the Greenwich Sister Cities Committee

Tina Stow, President



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恭喜發財! Happy Year of the Pig! The Yale-China Association (雅礼协会) inspires people to learn and serve together. Founded in 1901 by graduates of Yale University, we foster long-term relationships that improve education, health, and cultural understanding in China and the United States. 雅礼协会提倡知行并举,互学互助。从1901年一群耶鲁大学毕业生 创办该协会以来,我们在提升中美两国教育、医疗卫生质量、促进 中美文化交流等方面发展了长期友好的合作关系。 442 Temple Street | New Haven, Connecticut |

Special Th anks for Lunarfest 2019! 2019 FESTIVAL SPONSOR


Yale-China association PARADE SPONSORS

COMMUNITY PARTNERS ACES International Aiping Tai Chi Center

Koffee? Neighborhood Music School

Asian Network at Yale

New Haven Free Public Library

Creative Arts Workshop

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Ely Center of Contemporary Art

Office of International Students & Scholars

Hull’s Art Supply and Framing  Office of New Haven and State Affairs Katalina’s Bakery

Happy Year of the Pig!


Whitney-Audubon Retail & Arts District Yale University Properties

See you in 2020, Year of the Rat!

明年见! Team Emily

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2019 Lunarfest Program  

2019 Lunarfest Program