LaGuardia Community College Celebrates Asian Heritage Month

Long Island City, NY—May 22, 2015—LaGuardia Community college celebrated Asian Heritage month with spectacular performances by the New York Chinese Chorus, folk singer and composer Dr. Chou Hsing-Lih and the Qi Shu Feng Peking Opera Company.

The New York Chinese Chorus was founded in 2009 to promote cultural exchange in the local community. Chorus members hail from Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. It specializes in Chinese folk songs and classic tunes from the 1930s to 1960s.

LaGuardia Community College Foundation honorary director Tai Wang, who is also the President of New York Chinese Chorus, helped to organize the event and joined the chorus on stage.

“All my life I have had a passion to promote and support art,” said Tai Wang. “I am grateful for this opportunity to present this program to the students.”

Performers from the New York Chinese Chorus included violinist Tan Wei, accompanied by 18-year-old American-born pianist, Eric Liu.

The chorus was directed and conducted by Shanghai Conservatory faculty member Guojun Wu.

Special guest Dr. Chou Hsing-Lih is an acclaimed Taiwanese dialect and Chinese folk singer and one of the pioneering composers of Campus Folk Songs, a combination of Taiwanese folk and country melodies.  With minimal accompaniment, Dr. Chou sang several of his most recognizable compositions.

The Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Company performed a colorful scene from “The Monkey King and the Princess Iron Fan,” a rollicking opera written by Wu Chengen that featured amazing martial arts and acrobatics.

“At LaGuardia we had a spectacular afternoon full of music, songs and amazing acrobatics. The artists provided an unforgettable glimpse into ancient China,” said LaGuardia President Dr. Gail O. Mellow. “Many thanks to our friend and supporter, Tai Wang, for bringing this performance to our stage.”

LaGuardia, which has one of the most diverse student populations in the city, serves students from more than 157 countries. Asian students make up 22% of the college’s student population, more than 700 of whom identify as being from China. Over 200 LaGuardia students attended the performance.

 

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LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.lagcc.cuny.edu to learn more.