Traditional and Not-So-Traditional Performances Mark Lunar Year

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Performances by Ritual Japanese taiko drummers, a taekwondo demonstration and musician e:trinity were all part of the Lunar New Year Celebration Friday afternoon in the Union ballroom.

The event, co-sponsored by the Asian-American Student Association and the Union Programming Council, ran from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Though the crowd was sparse for the day’s events, those who did show up enjoyed the festivities the two organizations offered.

“He’s really good, and I’ve really enjoyed hearing him perform,” said Cathy Wahn about e:trinity’s techno performance.

The Los Angeles native combines Asian rhythms, samples and timbres with traditional drum and bass techniques to form an ambient “live P.A.” sound.

However, Wahn also said she was disappointed by the lack of enthusiasm from the crowd.

“It’s very sad to see how few people are here to watch the events, but I’m glad to see the U host an event like this for its Chinese students…It says a lot about the U,” she said.