On February 21, members of AsIAm and the Lower and Upper School Chinese Classes presented a celebration of Asian culture during morning assembly. Equal parts education and entertainment, the students used humor and compassion to inform, inspire and unite members of the Winsor community.
AsIAm Club leaders Nicole Chung '18, Selina Li '18 and Katie Tsai '19 gave an introduction, sharing information about the club and what inspired the assembly comprised of skits, spoken word, and musical and dance performances all coordinated by students.
Lower School students took the stage next with a humorous portrayal of the origin of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals, followed by a short skit entitled "What It Means to Look Asian."
The trio of Sophie de Castro '19 and Kayla Lee '19 and science faculty Chris Player performed "Isnt' She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder, followed by a powerful reading by Audrey Wu '19 of her poem "An Epic" which tells the story of her mother's immigration to the United States.
Upper School students performed the song "The Moon Represents My Heart," accompanied by Emi Fong-Gallagher '20 on the Yang Qin (Chinese hammered dulcimer) and Ms. Xia, musician and substitute Chinese teacher, on the Pipa (a traditional Chinese instrument). And Haley Kwoun '20, Sophie de Castro '19 and Rani Balakrishna '21 schooled the audience on the intricacies of language with lessons in Korean, Tagalog/Filipino, and the many languages of India.
For the finale, students performed three inspired dance numbers ranging from traditional to modern and original choreography, and by the close of the assembly, the packed auditorium was on its feet.
"Sometimes parts of our identities go under cover," notes Mr. Player. "But it was so much fun to see the students emerge with exciting talents, interesting experiences, deep thoughts, and good will to share with the community."