First Ever "Celebrate Lincoln" Fest

By: Risa Avila
By: Risa Avila

Among all of the culture and the food at the Ethnic Festival stood a small cluster of booths.

"This whole area is the Chinese cultural exhibition," said Lincoln Chinese Cultural Association President, Janet Lu.

Off to the side of one booth sat two people practicing a meditation exercise known as Falun Dafa, or Faun Gong. The exercises center around truthfulness, compassion and forbearance. This ancient Chinese practice is also known for healing many ailments.

Hsinyi Lin, a Falun Dafa instructor at UNL, says that these exercises really do work.

"I know a couple of practitioners, they used to have cancer but through the practice, they were healed," Hsunyi Lin says.

These are just some of the people who embrace the chance to teach locals about their culture.

"I think it’s very important because people need to know things outside of the United States," says Lin about her thoughts on this festival.

One of the most popular things the Chinese exhibit had was the Chinese calligraphers. People could have their English name written on a bookmark in Chinese.

Everyone in the Chinese exhibit was very excited to be a part of this festival.

"I think this is great, they should have this every year," says Lin.

Despite their traditional culture, these Chinese Americans also enjoy the American way of life.


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