International Stories

Published 02/21/18

Bryant welcomes the Year of the Dog at Chinese New Year celebration

For the 12th consecutive year, Bryant University's U.S. China-Institute and the Confucius Institute hosted the 2018 Rhode Island Chinese New Year celebration. More than 400 people attended the event — Rhode Island’s largest Chinese New Year celebration — on February 17.

"We are so proud to have this long tradition on our campus where students, staff, and faculty celebrate this thousand-year-old Chinese holiday with the general public in southern New England," said Vice President for International Affairs Hong Yang, Ph.D.

The celebration featured presentations and performances by local community groups including Bryant’s Dragon Dance Team, the Boston Chinese Musicians Association and the Bright Pearl Dance Troupe. The Rhode Island Kung Fu Club performed a Lion Dance and demonstrated martial arts.

And in a nod to the Year of the Dog, members of the Bryant community shared videos of their dogs.

The U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University forges academic, business, and cultural partnerships among Bryant University and higher learning institutions, business enterprises, and governmental offices in China. China is a cornerstone of Bryant’s international strategy, and Bryant Zhuhai, the only U.S.-China joint four-year undergraduate business degree program in China, positions students to undertake Bryant's rigorous, nationally recognized curriculum.

The event had several co-sponsors including Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, the Preservation Society of Newport County, and Asia Grille in Lincoln. Distinguished guests included Yongji Xu, education counselor,Chinese Consulate in New York City; Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley, and his wife, Kati Machtley, Director of the Bryant University Women's Summit.