Westerville, Ohio -- On January 28th, Flagship students Michael Hegedus and John Kamensky performed traditional Chinese arts for students from Central College and Robert Frost Math/Science magnet elementary schools at their Chinese New Year Celebration.
At the annual event held at Central College Magnet School, Ohio State University Chinese M.A. student Hegedus played the Chinese zither (guzheng), explaining how the rhythm of the song changed speed to evoke the mood of fishermen on a boat. Hegedus is an accomplished musician integrating his study of the Chinese language with research on the organization and behavior of non-profit organizations in China.
John Kamensky, an M.A. student combining his Chinese skills with research on Chinese rural urbanization, performed Tai Chi for the students and then taught five lucky audience members some of the moves. An experienced martial artist, Kamensky made the graceful Tai Chi movements look easy, but when given the opportunity to learn some moves in front of a room of over 100 kids and adults, the brave young students discovered that it is not as easy as it looks.
The OSU Chinese Flagship Program is proud to contribute to local events relating to China throughout the year, from artistic performances to helping with visiting Chinese delegations.