One hallmark of the MIM program is the annual MIM Lunar New Year celebration. This year’s event took place on February 9th, and included performances from MIM students in Japanese and Chinese, along with Tai Chi and Kendo demonstrations, food, and a raffle at the end. According to the Chinese calendar this is the year of the snake, also affectionately referred to as “the Little Dragon”.
MIM students had been preparing for almost two months, regularly practicing songs and performances, in addition to the normal Chinese and Japanese coursework. This event gave students a chance to demonstrate some of the language skills they have developed over the past few months, as well as enjoy some of the cultural traditions of East Asia.
Happy Year of the Snake from everyone in the MIM program! 春节快乐！旧正月おめでとうございます！
Josh is a full-time student in the Master of International Management program. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in Japanese, he taught English in Tokyo for 3 years, before moving to China and teaching at a university in the city of Zhengzhou. Inspired by his experiences in Japan and China, he was drawn to the MIM program because of its regional focus on Asia, as well as for Portland State University’s reputation as a leader in the field of sustainable business. He is studying Chinese in the MIM program, but tries to keep up his Japanese whenever he can.