New Year's party far from home, but warm in heart
By Zhang Xiang (chinadaily.com.cn) Updated：2018-01-02
Jared and Katie, two student hosts, extend New Year wishes. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Following the host's excited voice, the extravaganza began with Professor Cao Dong, dean of the School of International Education at Jiangnan University, expressing his pride and gratitude to see so many international students joining the campus in 2017 and expressing his new year wishes to all.
"I hope coming to China and coming to Jiangnan University will become one of the best choices you made in your life," Cao said.
He invited the young foreigners to enjoy themselves at the holiday buffet with delicious delicacies such as roast duck, scalded prawns, and steamed chicken with mushrooms, and awarded several students with the school's generous President and Taihu scholarships for their excellence in academic studies over the past year.
ShuaiMei, a dance team whose name derives from the Chinese words for beauty and handsome, presented a New Year Dance show. Their clothing – white sweaters and black jeans – which at first sight were a bit simple set against the ornate stage, by no means shadowed their performance but on the contrary expressed their vigor and vitality and took the evening's warmth and gaiety to a new high.