The annual festival commemorates the tradition of the Chinese Moon Festival, which is celebrated in China in mid-autumn. The first China Festival at WMU was held on WMU’s main campus on September 27, 2014. Featured events included dance and music performances, ping-pong tournament finals, hands-on activities, Chinese art exhibitions and informational display booths. Over the years, this annual event has become a new tradition at Kalamazoo, and the South West Michigan area.
"The China Festival is a fun event that helps to break down prejudices that develop from the unknown" says Dr. Paulo Zagalo-Melo, associate provost of the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. "It gives the Kalamazoo and surrounding communities the opportunity to learn about and explore Chinese culture, contributing to making our children more globally minded and to fostering mutual understanding."
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation, Asian Initiatives will not host the China Festival in 2021.
2020 China Festival
For the first virtual China Festival, we have prepared a special virtual trip to China for you. Our Chinese teachers will bring you to their hometown provinces: Shandong, Henan, Hunan, and Inner Mongolia. Prizes are ready for those who successfully answer the questions during the event. Please join us at the 7th China Festival at WMU on October 17, 2020, starting at 2 pm. The event is free and open to public. Please enjoy the preview video.
For more information contact Asian Initiatives at (269) 387-3784 or firstname.lastname@example.org.