Global Alums Welcome Lunar New Year of the Tiger with a Roar!
On February 1, 2022, many Asian countries celebrate the arrival of the Lunar New Year of the Tiger. It is a time for family and friends to gather to spend time with each other, share a meal, and greet each other with lucky sayings.
MHC alums from all over the world joined together to wish everyone a happy and healthy Year of the Tiger in a very special video project, launched by Eleanor Chang ’78, supported by the Mount Holyoke Global Alum Alliance and a team of volunteers from around the world.
Julia Zhu ’14 in Hong Kong first shared the idea for video Lunar New Year greetings at a Virtual M&C session hosted by Ivy Li ’12. As a teacher at an international school, Ivy helped facilitate using the educational tool Padlet to create, collect and store video greetings to share with the global community.
Over two weeks in January, more than 70 alums spanning 60 years, from Classes of 1962 to 2022, living in 21 U.S. cities and 18 countries around the world, uploaded their video greetings. They shared new year wishes in 16 languages, including Dutch, Korean, Portuguese, Tagalog, Turkish, as well as Mandarin, Cantonese, and Shanghainese dialects of Chinese. President Sonya Stephens also wished the global community a happy lunar new year in French and English.
Greetings were edited by Beier Yao ’13 of Rochester, NY into a video set to traditional music and shared on social media during the Lunar New Year period. Explore the locations and greetings posted on Padlet by alums from all around the world.
Mount Holyoke has a truly global alum community where 15% of the alum population is international. The Lunar New Year video greetings initiative shows that the global alums form a cohesive network with amazing strength.
Since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, many alums join the Virtual M&C hosted by Corinne Morgan ’13 of London every Sunday evening for conversations and camaraderie. Similarly, Ivy Li ’12 hosts a virtual M&C every fourth Sunday in Hong Kong. Both welcome alums of all classes and geographic locations to join in. For more information, email MHGlobalAA@gmail.com.
Watch the video greetings and celebrate with our global alums: Happy Year of the Tiger!