KNOXVILLE – Johnson University hosted a Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Tea Party this past Sunday where guests enjoyed food, music, and fellowship.

Duan Hua, Director of International Relations, reflected on the event.
“The tea party was successful. We had nearly 80 people at the party,” Hua said. “Through this event, we not only achieved the goal of bringing friends from the local communities to Johnson campus to share fellowship and express our thanks to their support to us, but also enhancing the intercultural awareness and communication on campus as well as in the local communities.”

At the event, Hua gave a speech welcoming guests and sharing about the festival’s meaning as one of giving thanks for harvest blessings and friends.

Many attended in traditional Chinese dress, and cultural exchange and fellowship between Asian and Western friends made the evening unique.

To make the evening special, a young lady played piano and sang for guests, while Li Aiye, a skilled tea-maker, demonstrated traditional Chinese tea-making.

Elder guests were served food first, in respect for Chinese tradition.

Guests were served traditional Chinese food and tea. Highlights included mooncakes,  made with eggs and lotus paste, dumplings, fried rice, a selection of teas including rose and chrysanthemum tea, and fresh fruits.

According to Hua, guests included administrators, faculty and staff, and students of Johnson University. Teachers, staff, and students from King’s Academy and Seymour Primary School also attended, along with friends from local communities such as Seymour Heights Church, Maryville Christian University,  Laurel Church of Christ, Woodlawn Christian Church, Knoxville Chinese Christian Church, and Seymour High School.

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