Texas A&M To Celebrate Lunar New Year At Sbisa Dining Hall
Aggie Dining will celebrate Lunar New Year this evening at Sbisa Dining Hall. The event will include a performance by Soaring Phoenix Dragon and Lion Dance Association, a non-profit organization that performs traditional lion and dragon dances.
Sbisa Dining Hall will be transformed to celebrate Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rabbit. The Asian Presidents Council, Taiwanese American Student Association, and the Chinese Student Association will be in attendance to spread awareness about their student organizations, the impact they are making on campus, and the meaning behind Lunar New Year.
Sbisa opens at 5 p.m. and Soaring Phoenix will perform a traditional lion dance with live music at 7 p.m.
The event will also include a menu takeover by Aggie Dining’s team of executive chefs to include Korean BBQ street tacos, drunken noodles with beef, pot stickers with a soy sauce glaze, eggrolls with an Asian-style slaw, and more.
Soaring Phoenix is a group of volunteers based out of Houston. Among the group performing is a current student of Texas A&M, Austin Lam ’24, who has been performing with this group since he was in the fifth grade.
Lam, a mechanical manufacturing engineering technology major and member of Squadron 4 in the Corps of Cadets, said the thing he enjoys most about being a part of Soaring Phoenix is that funds raised during performances go back to charities in Vietnam.
He said he also enjoys the opportunity to showcase Asian culture to the campus community. “To me, having Soaring Phoenix perform at Texas A&M means that A&M is very aware of cultural differences,” he said. “It also teaches others about things that they might not have known before, such as the traditional art of lion dancing.”
The event is open to campus and community members. The door rate to dine in Sbisa Dining Hall is $13, which includes the all-you-care-to-eat style dining and the Lunar New Year celebration. Sbisa does not accept cash.