Lee and its Magnets (ISA/NESA/STEM) celebrated chinese new year
This year, Chinese New Year started on January 31, 2014. To celebrate the year of the horse, the Mandarin Chinese classes at Lee High School and its magnet programs - ISA (International School of the Americas)/NESA (North East School of the Arts)/STEM (Science, Technology & Mathematics) - had the pleasure of making dumplings, as a sign of good luck for the coming year.
Walking down the foreign language hall on the 2nd floor of the ISA building, you can see colorful stars hanging from the ceiling with the Chinese character for horse along with resolutions written by students in each of the foreign language classes who took part in this exuberant endeavor. The myriad of colors dancing on the ceiling, each holding promises and goals, is a wonderful sight to see. The Chinese language classes also volunteered to help decorate the library at Lee High School. When walking into the library, you can see ten red lanterns hanging from the ceiling along with a magnificent display of books and decoration in honor of the year of the horse. The number ten in Chinese culture symbolizes wholeness and perfection.
Similar to January 1st in western culture, Chinese New Year signifies new beginnings. This is a time of prosperity, luck, and harmony. During this festive time, it’s a common tradition to give red envelopes, usually filled with money, to the youth in the community. Red is prominent at this time, because it is a lucky color that signifies prosperity. In honor of the Chinese New Year, it is custom to wear red, eat dumplings, and wish others the best of luck in the coming year.
According to Ethnologue and Kryss Talaat’s estimate, Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken language in the world. Over 1.3 billion of people around the world speak Mandarin Chinese. China is becoming one of the top global centers of the world. As a result, employers in major international companies expect business proficiency in Chinese to be in moderate or high demand within a decade. Due to the increasing demand of the language skill in Chinese, North East ISD started offering Mandarin Chinese as one of its seven world languages in 2007. The program is expected to continue growing. If your child is interested in taking Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language in NEISD, please contact the counselors at Lee.
Article written by
Madeline Carrola (11th grade/NESA)
James Ku (Mandarin Chinese Teacher)
Posted on February 05, 2014