• Chinese New Year | All About the Holidays

    Learn more about the history and traditions behind Chinese New Year, a celebration of good fortune at the end of winter celebrated by Chinese people around the world. How do you celebrate the new year?

    Grades: K-5
  • Chinese National Anthem

    This is a recording of the Chinese national anthem, "Yiyongjun Jinxingqu" (The March of the Volunteers), along with a description of the Chinese flag. "Yiyongjun Jinxingqu" was composed by Tian Han (lyrics) and Nie Er (music).  This anthem was adopted in 1949, though it was banned during the Cultural Revolution. It is more commonly known as "Zhongguo Guoge" (Chinese National Song).

    The Chinese flag is red with a large yellow five-pointed star and four smaller yellow five-pointed stars (arranged in a vertical arc toward the middle of the flag) in the upper hoist-side corner; the color red represents revolution, while the stars symbolize the four social classes - the working class, the peasantry, the urban petty bourgeoisie, and the national bourgeoisie (capitalists) - united under the Communist Party of China

    Grades: All
  • Chinese Art

    Several artists present a variety of Chinese crafts—including paper cutting, painting, and kite making—to youngsters as part of a Chinese New Year’s Celebration at the Explorium, a children’s museum in Lexington, Kentucky. Chinese New Year, the biggest celebration of the year, is also called the Spring Festival and marked by Dragon Parades. By creating a Chinese craft, young people can not only enjoy the arts, but also better understand the traditions of their Chinese counterparts. This video was produced with a primary-age audience in mind.

    Grades: PreK-5
  • Golden Snake Wild Dance | Beauty of Jasmine

    In this video, a student percussion ensemble performs a popular Chinese song "Golden Snake Wild Dance." This song is popular throughout China and in Chinese communities in the United States. It is often performed as part of a Chinese New Years parade when enormous dragons made of paper or fabric are carried through the streets on long poles. Golden Snake is another name for golden dragon. In Chinese folklore, the dragon is a symbol of power, strength, and good fortune. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

    Grades: K-12
  • Chinese Folktale: The Little Rabbits

    This video features the Chinese story "The Little Rabbits" in both English and Chinese. The story has elements of the Western stories “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Pigs.” Mama rabbit leaves her three little rabbits at home alone while she goes out. She warns her little rabbits to not open the door for anyone. A wolf overhears the mother’s warning and tries to trick the little rabbits. They aren’t fooled and outsmart the wolf.

    Storytelling in China goes back more than a thousand years and plays an important role in Chinese society. It has been used as a way to preserve culture and share knowledge as stories are passed from generation to generation.

    Grades: PreK-5