HSKA rings in Lunar New Year with a laugh

HKSA春晚秀 搞笑迎新春

Happy Lunar New Year! Portland State’s Hong Kong Student Association held a lively Lunar New Year Show on Feb. 16 in Smith Memorial Student Union. The event attracted nearly 280 people, including many Asian students.

In addition to a traditional Lion Dance, a martial arts demonstration from Portland’s Summit Wushu Academy and other traditional art performances, this year’s event also featured Los Angeles–based stand-up comedian Jenny Yang. Her unique and entertaining style of comedy appeared to energize the crowd.

“Comedy is an art that can be translated across cultures no matter what ethnicity or race you are,” said HSKA President George Noinola. “Having Jenny was a different feeling than all of our prior years because we have always invited singers to be our headliner.”

Yang, who immigrated with her family to the United States from Taiwan at age 5, based much of her material on American stereotypes of Asians and on her life experiences as an Asian-American.

“Jenny Yang was my favorite part of the show,” said Cameron Lombard, a linguistics major at PSU. “Her comedy combines biculturalism and activism. She is cool.”

The HKSA, established in 2013, will celebrate its fifth anniversary this year. “I wish everyone a lucky Year of the Dog and good health and the ability to spend more time with family,” Noinola said.

 新年到,賀新年! 波特蘭州立大學香港學生會於2月16日在史密斯紀念學生會館舉辦了一場熱鬧的春節晚會。現場聚集了將近280多位學生,其中包括多位亞洲學生,雖然無法返鄉與家人共聚,但藉此活動以解思鄉之愁。活動不僅有舞獅、武術等傳統藝術表演,今年還特別邀請洛杉磯搞笑藝人珍妮.楊到場助陣,她獨特搞笑風格把現場氣氛帶到最高點。