APIFSA presents: 2021 Lunar New Year Celebration

On Thursday, February 11, 2021, Asian Pacific Islander Faculty & Staff Association and Staff Assembly hosted the inaugural Lunar New Year Celebration featuring:

  • ACA Lion Dance who shared the history and art of lion dancing
  • Professor Min Zhou and grad student Suong Thai  who each shared about the history of this celebration and personal family traditions
  • A panel of staff who dove deeper into each of their own – new and old – traditions
  • UCLA Teaching Kitchen’s Chef Julia who prepared a special dumpling recipe for this celebration

APIFSA is a staff affinity group focused on building community and sharing cultural knowledge and insights with the entire Bruin family and beyond. Below are some of the resources we have gathered from this celebration to share with you.

Recording of the celebration can be found by clicking on

Happy Lunar New Year of the Ox!!

ACA Lion Dance
Founded in 2001 the Lion Dance team is affiliated with the Association of Chinese Americans (ACA) student organization. They have performed annually in UCLA’s Chinese American Culture Night and Southern California’s Chinese Heritage Festival, as well as at various venues and events, ranging from Lunar New Year celebrations, weddings, grand openings, blessings, parades, cultural celebrations, and birthday parties.

Watch a recent LNY celebration performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4GoVPTIjk8
Website: https://www.uclaliondance.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/acaliondance

Instagram: http://instagram.com/acaliondance
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/acaliondance

UCLA Teaching Kitchen – Let’s make dumplings!

In this part of the program, we shared a special recipe and demo video from UCLA Teaching Kitchen’s Chef Julia on how to make dumplings, which is a traditional dish made especially during the Lunar New Year celebration. Dumplings resemble money pouches which will bring you lots of wealth and prosperity.

Recipe: https://ucla.box.com/s/p29vgbgysf3m589183yurmfmq2epee6e

Video demo: https://ucla.box.com/s/8idw830oyyitrsgv5y31o0e9s5psza77

For more info on the Teaching Kitchen: https://fitwell.recreation.ucla.edu/teachingkitchen

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uclateachingkitchen/