The Year of the Rabbit — MMA Cadets Celebrate Lunar New Year

The Year of the Rabbit — MMA Cadets Celebrate Lunar New Year

Missouri Military Academy cadets are celebrating the 2023 Lunar New Year with decorations, songs, a presentation and a field trip. See more photos.

Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, is on Sunday, Jan. 22. It celebrates a time of hope that represents the opportunity to gather with family and friends to usher out the old year while welcoming a new year teeming with good luck, health, prosperity and opportunity. 

The MMA Corps of Cadets currently includes cadets from 30 domestic states and 11 countries. The mix of cadets from around the world brings diversity and global perspective to cadet life and academics at MMA. 

During lunch on Friday, Jan. 20, cadets from Wei-Yun Chien's Chinese class and cadets from Taiwan and China shared Lunar New Year calligraphy work and a presentation to the corps. They showed a short video and then introduced how China, Taiwan and three major U.S. cities — New York City, San Francisco and Chicago, celebrate Lunar New Year. 

Chinese Lunar New Year High School Presentation

The following cadets participated in the presentation:

  • Cadet Jianlang Chen ’26 from Guangzhou, China
  • Cadet Xiang Chen ’24, from Shanghai, China
  • Cadet Zhaokun Li ’25, from Shenzhen, China
  • Cadet Zijie Zhou ’24 from Shenzhen, China
  • Cadet Alexei Kester '24 from Joplin, Missouri
  • Cadet Erick Bond '26 from Houston, Texas
  • Cadet Adam Swenson '25 from Youngstown, New York
  • Cadet Zachary Tillock '25 from O'Fallon, Illinois
  • Cadet Benjamin Huynh from Overland Park, Kansas (previously from Taiwan)
  • Cadet Peter Didicher '23 from Hinsdale, Illinois 

Wei-Yun Chien is the MMA English language learners/foreign language department chair and instructor. As an ESL instructor, she supports cadets who are experiencing the challenges of living and going to a school in a foreign country. She is originally from Taipei, Taiwan, and was an international student, too, which gives her an understanding of what international cadets are experiencing.  


Ms. Chien and other MMA faculty and staff took a group of cadets to St. Louis on Sunday to celebrate Lunar New Year. The trip included touring Asian galleries at the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Zoo to learn about animals from Asia, lunch at a Taiwanese restaurant, Asian market grocery shopping, and a stop for boba tea. See photo below and more on Flickr.


What is Lunar New Year?

Lunar New Year begins on the date (in East Asia) of the second new moon after the winter solstice. The first day of the Lunar New Year can occur anytime between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. This year, the new moon occurs in China on Jan. 22 — marking the start of the new lunar year.

Lunar New Year is one of the most important celebrations of the year among East and Southeast Asian cultures, including Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean communities. 

2023 is the Year of the Rabbit. People born during the Year of the Rabbit are talented and affectionate. They excel at forming close relationships and appreciate tranquility and peace.

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The Year of the Rabbit —  MMA Cadets Celebrate Lunar New Year

MMA cadets are celebrating the Lunar New Year with decorations, a presentation and a field trip. Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, is on Sunday, Jan. 22. It celebrates a time of hope that represents the opportunity to gather with family and friends to usher out the old year while welcoming a new year teeming with good luck, health, prosperity and opportunity. 

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