Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

January 16, 2013

Chinese culture comes to life at Barren County High School

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Barren County High School sophomore Elaine Ely poured dark green tea into a cup for the Chinese Museum guests to sample traditional teas Wednesday afternoon.

There were two other teas for guests to sample, jasmine tea and white tea. Ely said she likes the full leaf Chinese teas that tend to be more flavorful, but mostly Ely said she liked that even something as small as a tea leaf reveals a great deal about Chinese culture.

“It’s more than just a drink,” she said. “It’s a way to show respect to elders or bring families together at a wedding.”

The event organized by BCHS Chinese teacher NaNa Yin, with the help of her students, created the two-day Chinese Museum exhibit, a one stop shop for learning about all things Chinese. Yin even enlisted the help of WKU Chinese Music Club and the WKU Confucius Institute to provide hands on learning experiences with traditional Chinese instruments, knots and calligraphy.

Most of the museum booths were created by Yin’s students who researched on a topic and presented the information to their classmates.

BCHS junior Amy Wininger, dressed in a traditional dance outfit, presented information about Chinese fashion. Unlike the American common custom of a bride dressed in white, Wininger said in China women are dressed in red for their wedding day. Red veils are also placed over the bride’s face during the entire wedding until the husband removes the veil that evening.

“Her husband is the first one to see her face on her wedding day,” she said.

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