Free community celebration commemorates Chinese Moon Festival

contact: Margaret von Steinen
| WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The second annual China Festival at Western Michigan University commemorates the traditional Chinese Moon Festival, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in WMU's Student Recreation Center.

Admission and parking are free, and for a nominal fee, attendees may sample traditional foods prepared by local restaurants.

Featured events

  • The Chinese Association of Greater Kalamazoo's ping pong tournament finals.
  • Dance and music performances.
  • A badminton demonstration.
  • Hands-on activities.
  • A Chinese art exhibition.
  • Informational display booths.
Photo of two men playing ping pong.

Attendees at last year's China Festival play a game of ping pong.

Additionally, attendees may participate in free mini sessions to learn the basic skills of ping pong or badminton. New this year is a drawing, during which attendees could win Chinese paintbrush or craft sets.

The festival is being organized by WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education in collaboration with the Chinese Association of Greater Kalamazoo, Modern Chinese School of Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo Chinese School.

Campus co-sponsors include the College of Arts and Sciences, Haworth College of Business, Division of Multicultural Affairs, Confucius Institute at WMU, Light Center for Chinese Studies, Department of World Languages and Literatures, and Association of Chinese Students and Scholars.

For more information, visit the China Festival Web page at Questions may be directed to the Haenicke Institute at or (269) 387-5890.

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