To celebrate the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival, a group of students from the St. Albans and National Cathedral School coordinate Chinese language program embarked on a field trip to the Chinese American Museum.
Ms. Rae Weeks brought three of her courses on the trip, which provided students with the opportunity to build on their recents discussions and readings in class about the Mid-Autumn Festival and its 3,000 years of history, The festival coincides with the harvest moon — believed in Chinese culture to be the brightest moon of the year — and is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture, on par with the Chinese New Year.
The group visited the Chinese American Museum to explore the work of the late activist-photographer Corky Lee, who captured candid moments within Asian communities. Additionally, they delved into the stories of Bruce Lee, both as an American son and an international icon, and explored the history of the quintessential dress, the Qipao (旗袍).
Following the museum visit, students participated in a dumpling-making session and engaged in a Chinese Karaoke competition at East Dumpling House. There, the group enjoyed a traditional Chinese lunch, complete with mooncakes — a traditional sweet enjoyed during the holiday— and bubble tea.
Located in Washington D.C., St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.