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Fashion Show to Recruit HWS Students

Janice Xiaoyu Zang ’13 is participating in the “Year of the Dragon” fashion show organized by Families with Children from China-Rochester and is currently seeking HWS students to serve as models and designers for the show. The event will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, in the auditorium of the School of Arts in Rochester, N.Y.

“A group of teenage girls from China started this fashion show event to raise money for the orphanages in China through Half the Sky Foundation’s Big Sisters Project,” explains Zang. “In addition, this event will offer the teens an opportunity to be involved in China-related affairs and become global citizens.”

Zang, a chemistry and European studies double major, is from Beijing. In addition to her regular studies, she is working with Associate Professor of Chemistry Justin Miller as a research student.

Serving as a Families with Children from China instructor of traditional Chinese dance since September, Zang will perform a solo dance during the event. Her class, comprised of children from China, will also perform two traditional Chinese dances. In addition to promotion and directing the dances, Zang has also been helping with costumes and modeling outfits.

In addition to any HWS students who wish to volunteer, models will include Rochester teens and students from the University of Rochester’s Chinese Student Association. Featured designers will include Jason Wu, Simply Vera, Clara Sun Woo, Samuel Dong, Grace Chuang, Christina Wu bridals, Red Thread Design of Toronto, Sassy Scrubs, Kim’s Fashions of Boston and Suzi Chin.

A raffle of designer accessories and apparel will be held during the course of the event and attendees will have the opportunity to buy from Kim’s Fashion Design, which creates custom traditional Chinese clothes and contemporary apparel with an Asian flare.

Families with Children from China-Rochester is comprised of a community of families who have adopted children from China and want to honor their children’s heritage. The organization’s mission is to develop and nurture a supportive lifelong network of families interested in China and its culture. This includes, celebrating the families’ and children’s Chinese cultural heritage, sharing information and resources regarding the international adoption journey, and enhancing local Chinese American relationships.

General admission to the event is $15, with all proceeds benefitting the Half the Sky Foundation Big Sisters Project, which sponsors orphanages in China, and Teen Life, an organization dedicated to educating orphans in China.

For more information about the event, to purchase a ticket, or learn how to become involved in the organization, check out:, or email