This past semester, Zhiyou (YoYo) Cao ’12, Ziying Chen ’12, and Yang (Lynn) Hu ’13, established the Chinese Culture Club (the CCC) on campus, with plans to focus on Chinese culture and language through a number of activities and events.
“Realizing that more and more Chinese students enroll at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and also join the Geneva community, we decided to found the Chinese Culture Club,” said Cao, a mathematics major from Shanghai, China.
Like Cao, the other founders of the CCC hail from China- Chen is from Changsha and Hu from Shenzhen -as do several other members of the club. However, the founders created the club as a means to expose the campus and the community to more aspects of Chinese culture and hope students of all cultures will join. As Cao stated, it was founded as a way for people to “explore a new culture and expand their horizons.”
Another key impetus behind the creation of the club is the presence of Chinese families in Geneva. Cao and his fellow members wanted to create a connection with these families, based on their shared traditions.
The CCC has already begun to reach out to the campus and the community. Soon after it was established, the club participated in the Festival of Nations at the Geneva Middle School. The members set up their own table and carried out a number of activities and presentations, including a Kung Fu presentation, traditional Chinese paper cutting, and book mark decoration. The CCC also sponsored a Chinese Movie Night on campus and took part in the Tastes of the World event.
Cao says the founders intend to organize members and get them involved in various activities on campus and within the community. One such activity will be Chinese translations for the school district, a long-term project that entails translating school documents such as reports and contracts into Mandarin Chinese.