Dragon Boat Festival
The Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) will kick off the LSA ChinaNow Theme Year at the University of Michigan by bringing the first ever university-sponsored dragon boat festival to Ann Arbor from 10–5pm on September 30 at Gallup Park. Asian Languages and Cultures, Biological Sciences, Engineering, Women’s Health, Arts at Michigan, Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Kinesiology, and the International Institute are among the various units on campus grabbing their seats and paddles for a water-spraying ride. Regional Chinese community organizations and foundations such as Shien-Ming Wu Foundation, Michigan Chinese Women’s Association, Chinese American Society of Ann Arbor, Michigan Taiwanese American Organization, and the Chinese Association of Greater Detroit are also on board. Donations to the festival allow teams of 20 to compete in double-headed races throughout the day. The festival is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a day by the river.
Professional steerers from Great White North (GWN)—based in Toronto and the largest organizer of these races in North America—will guide the boats through the open waters of the Huron. As spectators root for their favorite team on the Huron, there will be activities on the banks of the river: a drum and gong procession by U-M Percussion Ensemble through Gallup Park, performances by high energy U-M percussion group Groove, kite-making, yo-yo spinning, lion dancing, and a culinary taste of China.
CCS is pioneering active participation to create green events now and in the future. CCS seeks to provide a template for organizers in exploring innovative and simple ways to reduce waste, promote awareness of natural resources, and advocate smarter global partnerships. CCS has been working with the City of Ann Arbor to promote the A2H2O campaign to educate the public about the quality of our local tap water and reduce our reliance on bottled sources. In addition, the Huron River Watershed Council is working in partnership with CCS to bring greater awareness to local water protection through performances by local artists.
Dragon Boat Festival T-shirts will be available for purchase the week of September 24, 2007 at the Center for Chinese Studies office located at 1080 S. University Ste. 3668 (School of Social Work Building) and also available the day of the event at the Information & Registration area located at the Maas Memorial Shelter.