Happy Lunar New Year from the Trinity Long Room Hub
January 20, 2023 - Lunar New Year 2023 is on Sunday, January 22. Ahead of the festivities, our Hub Graduate Fellows Huayu Yang, Zhū Hónghuì, and Yingjun Wei discussed some of their favourite New Year traditions.
Huayu Yang is a PhD in Trinity's School of Creative Arts. Her current research project focuses on the Irish theatre company Dead Centre. One of her favourite Lunar New Year traditions is making a special kind of mantou called huabobo.
Mantou is a common staple food in northern China, made of wheat flour, water and yeast, similar to bread but steamed instead of baked. And huabobo, which basicially means “flowery mantou”, is shaped and coloured into festive designs. It can be small, styled as flowers, animals, fruits, or as large as a big cake, combining multiple images with more complex compositions.
Zhū Hónghuì (also known as Rita Zhu) is a PhD in Trinity's School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. Her research investigates language policy in multilingual tertiary education, and the language practices and language management in the classroom domain.
In the video, Rita discusses wearing the colour red. As she explains, during the Lunar New Year wearing red is considered good luck, while wearing black and white is avoided as these are colours traditionally associated with mourning.
Yingjun Wei is a PhD student in Trinity's School of Creative Arts. Her current research on Chinese feminist theatres examines how feminist theatre and performance has been a major shape of feminist politics in China since the early 2000s.
Yingjun shares with us a Chinese paper-cut, a traditional Chinese folk art and one of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritages. While originally a largely female pursuit, people now usually decorate their windows or doors with paper-cuts for the Luner New Year in China, Yingjun explains.
The Trinity Long Room Hub wishes everyone a happy and healthy Lunar New Year!
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