International Students Share Piece Of Home

Loomis Chaffee students, faculty, and parent volunteers recently filled the Parton Room in the dining hall with mooncakes, Chinese lanterns, and other decorations to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, the first of many international-inspired events planned for this school year.  

A traditional festival celebrated in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Vietnam as well as by Chinese and Vietnamese communities in the United States, the Mid-Autumn Festival takes place on the night of the full moon between early September and October, which corresponds with the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar Chinese calendar. The event is also known as the Mooncake Festival, named after the cakes that are traditionally served as part of the celebration. For this year’s festival at Loomis, international students and parent volunteers came together to share three varieties of mooncakes — with red bean paste, mixed nuts, and lotus paste with egg yolk filling.   

The festival is a time for families to come together, share food, and enjoy each other’s company, much like American Thanksgiving, said junior Daisy Xu.  She was happy to share her traditions with the Loomis community. “This is a big part of China’s culture,” she said. “Loomis is our family, and it’s great to celebrate together.”  

International students also recently honored and celebrated the diversity of the community by displaying flags from their 40 countries of origin in the Katharine Brush Library. 

Dean of International Students Molly Pond shared that international students at Loomis have several additional events planned for the fall term. Molly meets with all international students every two weeks to discuss and decide upon the activities and events they will organize. Upcoming events include Canadian Thanksgiving dinner for the whole community on October 11, spoken-word poetry and an international karaoke performance at the next two all-school meetings, and an international karaoke night on November 6. In addition, the group will continue to host dinners for new and returning international students.