2022 Lantern Festival Poetry Event


Marking the end of the Spring Festival celebration, the Lantern Festival officially kicks off a lunar new year of harvest and good fortunes. Lanterns lit, firecrackers being set off, laughter in the air as people gather together to eat sweet rice dumplings while solving lantern riddles – the Lantern Festival is always filled with sound and light.

The Lantern Festival Poetry Night is an annual event held by the UBC Chinese Language Program in the Department of Asian Studies to celebrate the Lantern Festival in a traditional yet entertaining manner. In Chinese culture, this festival marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations and signals the start of work in the new year.  The 2022 UBC Lantern Poetry Night will be held on Canvas from Monday, February 28, to Friday, April 15.  The theme this year is Revival. It will include a diverse collection of Lantern Festival-themed artwork (photography, calligraphy, paintings, original poetry, and videos) created by students from 450+ level Chinese courses, for public viewing and enjoyment. To promote intercultural communication and exchange, we are pleased to invite our guest speakers from the Department of Asian Studies to perform poetry recitals in multiple languages.

During the poetry event, you will meet friends of old and new, marvel at the kaleidoscope of student talents, feel the palpitating brilliance of classical culture, and much more. The sound of poetry and music, along with the sights of paintings and performances, will altogether orchestrate a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the Lantern Festival. This year’s Poetry Night will also include the exciting game of guessing lantern riddles. So, stay tuned and get ready for even more fun!

🏮 Featured guest poetry demonstration in multiple Asian languages

🏮Multi-media exhibition of student talents (calligraphy/photography/painting/performance)

🏮 Student poem recital, both classical & modern

🏮 Student poem composition, both classical & modern

🏮 Solving lantern riddles to win prizes; and much, much more!

Chia-ying Yeh and Minsheng Scholarship Showcase


Liu Xinyuan(刘馨源), a 3rd-year Asian Language & Culture (Chinese Literature) major and Visual Arts minor at UBC, recently won the 2021 Chia-ying Yeh and Minsheng Scholarship (叶嘉莹民生奖学金), who was also the only recipient hailing from a university in North America.  According to Xinyuan, the competition has made her grow even fonder of and more interested in academic research on Classical Literature. She sees poetry as a cultural bridge, connecting past lives with those of the present who share the love for poetry.

The scholarship was initiated in 2019 by UBC Professor Emerita Chia-ying Yeh, who is now the founding director of the Institute of Chinese Classical Culture at Nankai University. Professor Emerita Chia-ying Yeh aims to foster curiosity in young talents to study traditional Chinese culture and Chinese classical poetry. The scholarship was founded by UBC’s very own Professor Emerita Chia-ying Yeh along with the Minsheng Bank, and it was open to students from both Asia and North America. It aims to inspire students to dive deeper into classical Chinese poetry and culture. The applicants need to be equipped with not only prominent research competency but also outstanding presentation skills in poetry recitation and analysis.

Please check out the UBC Chinese Language Program website to read more about Xinyuan’s inspiring story and her scholarship application journey.

Click here to learn more about the personal story of PROFESSOR CHIAYING YEH and how she fell in love with the beauty of Chinese classical literature. Click here to learn more about the brand-new feature documentary about Professor CHIAYING YEH .


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🎉 Award Announcement 🎉

📢 UBC Lantern Festival Poetry Event Award Recipients 

🎉🎉 Thank you so much for all the participants!

🎉🎉 Congratulations to all the Award Recipients!

Calligraphy and Painting Photography
🥇 Yue Yao 🥇 Qi Qi
🥈 Xiaojiao Yuan 🥈 Jiaying Liao
🥉 Ruoxi Xu 🥉 Wendy Sun
Original Poems
 Poetry Recital
🥇 Atian Suen Guo 🥇 Jian Zou
🥈Ziyan Huang 🥈 Elina Xu
🥉Leo Liao 🥉 Siyu Wu
Singing, Dancing, Musical Instrument
Performance and Original Videos
Solving Poetry Lantern Riddle to Win Prizes 
🥇 Jiaxin Yang 🥇 Feifei Yang
🥈 Atian Suen Guo
🥉 Xinling Huang


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Acknowledgment: UBC’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. The land it is situated on has always been a place of learning for the Musqueam people, who for millennia have passed on in their culture, history, and traditions from one generation to the next on this site.

Acknowledgment: We would like to thank our excellent TA/RA/WL/Volunteers Xinyu Yang, Xinling Huang, Xinyue Wu, Naiying Xue, Jiaxin Yang, Elina Xu, Chenxi Ouyang, Erik Wang, Jiayi Zhang, Wenqi Zhang for their great contribution to the organization, construction and promotion of the online 2022 Lantern Festival Poetry Event.