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Risa_and_LionRed Bank Regional Principal Risa Clay welcomed the students of The Jersey Shore Chinese School, and the star of their Lion Dance, at the Chinese New Year celebration at RBR on January 31, ushering in the Year of the Monkey. (Photo by Chimin Hu)

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On January 31, the Red Bank Regional High School community welcomed The Jersey Shore Chinese School students to their school, to usher in the Year of The Monkey. RBR Chinese students emceed the festive celebration, in sharing the Chinese cultural education experience with their peers.

The program was a feast of color, pagentry and skill. Chinese students displayed their talents with the Chinese yo-yo; beautifully festooned dancers performed an elegant folk dance, while others manipulated the serpentine dragon in his traditional dance. RBR Principal Risa Clay courageously fed the red envelope to the Lion, which signifies warding away evil spirits and bringing good luck.

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020216houseofchong6Shrimp lo mein, left, and shrimp in garlic sauce at House of  Chong. Edward Chong, below.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)


020216houseofchong1Chinese new year begins Monday, and diners with a yen for a little time travel along with well-made Asian cuisine might set their GPS for House of Chong in Middletown.

The restaurant, located in the Union Square Mall, has been serving Cantonese and Szechuan-style Chinese delicacies since 1976, owner Edward Chong tells us. His parents first opened House of Chong in Brick in 1969, and though that restaurant is now closed, the Middletown eatery remains a family affair — and something of throwback.
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P1210179Red Bank Regional High School Principal Risa Clay tentatively pets the Lion who danced for the RBR students in celebration of the Chinese New Year. The Lion dance was performed by Jersey Shore Chinese School students Steven Yuan and Anthony Lu.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On January 31, the Day of the Chinese New Year, Red Bank Regional High School was festooned with signature red paper decorations welcoming the multi-talented Jersey Shore Chinese School students to celebrate and educate RBR students on Chinese custom and lore.

The celebration of The Year of the Horse was part of a policy at RBR, where Chinese has been offered as a course for the past six years, to “immerse our students in the culture of the languages they study,” in the words of RBR World Language Supervisor Rob Donohoe.

The program was organized by the RBR World Language Chinese teacher Chinyun Wu, who is also a long-standing teacher at the Jersey Shore Chinese School. During the event, which was aptly emceed by RBR Chinese language students Kobe Miller and Kevin Zheng, an amazingly agile giant paper lion danced upon the auditorium stage with footwork mimicking a prancing beast.

Kevin, who was born in China and took the RBR Chinese class to learn Mandarin, since he speaks the dialect of his small village.  Kevin and his fellow students were incredibly impressed with the Chinese school’s performance and states, “They got the audience really involved and I think it will encourage more students to take Chinese next year.”

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Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) has invited some special guests to help celebrate the Chinese New Year in dance, prose, music, and a special Dragon parade.

Beginning at 9 am this Friday, January 31, students from the Jersey Shore Chinese School will join RBR’s World Language Chinese students inside the school’s auditorium, in an event that was arranged by their common teacher, Chinyun Wu.

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