The afternoon of February 25th was not one of the normal, quiet
Saturday's at the Student Activity Center. Instead, it was alive with
Tzu Chi members dressed in their blue and white uniforms, modest navy
blue qi paos, and suits. The SAC tables were decorated with flowers and
chocolates for anyone to take.
Tzu Chi celebrated both the New Year and the opening of the
Eastern LI office located just minutes away from the University.
The founder of this branch is married to an SBU alumna, and
there are several SBU alumni holding office positions in Tzu
SBU's Dean of International Admissions, Dr Yu-wan
in center dressed in pink, joined in the festivities.
Tzu Chi opened the event with a candle lighting ceremony. This was
followed with a special drum performance, in collaboration with the Tzu
Chi Stony Brook Collegiate Association, called Qin Xin Song, and a sign
language performance. Afterwards, candles were passed out to the audience and
everyone prayed for our family and friends. Finally, Tzu Chi
distributed three gifts to everyone: a red envelope, three packs of
instant drink powder, and a decorative paper scroll.
Tzu Chi was done with their performances and presentations, there
was still more to come. Outside organizations and Stony
Brook University students were also invited to perform. A lively taiko
Shu Kan Japanese Art Center started the show. Two dances were performed, one rooted
in martial arts and the other very elegant.
Chi Academy students performed
Chinese yo-yo tricks and ribbon dancing. But we can't forget about Stony
Brook University's own stars. Carole Liu and Cheng-Wen Hsu
serenaded the crowd with "Over the Rainbow" followed by "Good Life" by
One Republic. And if you didn't get enough drumming into your day,
DDKY presented a Korean style of drumming.
The show came to a close with a sign language performance of the song
"One Family", which is about friendship and love. The audience
was asked to follow along with singing and the sign language at their
seats. People probably felt a little silly doing it, but it got everyone
to smile and feel good.
More photos from the event are on the AA E-Zine Facebook page here.
If you are interested in getting involved in Tzu Chi on campus, check
out their club spotlight here.
To reach the new Tzu Chi East LI Branch, you are always welcome to
contact June Lee or Ted Lin at 631-964-3393.