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2017 VIPP Thanksgiving Potluck

Published: Tuesday, 21 Nov 2017
Author: VIPP
Department: Visiting International Professional Program

VIPP hosted its annual Thanksgiving Potluck on Friday November 17th at University Lutheran Church in East Lansing to celebrate the American holiday. VIPP provided the traditional American Thanksgiving food such as turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes and VIPP participants brought their own unique dishes to share. It was a fun night to enjoy great food and good company. 

VIPP celebrated Thanksgiving with its staff, faculty, and participants as well as new friends from University Lutheran Church. 

The highlight of the event was a Peking Opera Performance by Zhang Peng and Jingqing Wu. Mr. Zhang Peng played erhu, a traditional Chinese two-stringed bowed musical instrument and Ms. Jingqing Wu song a beautiful Chinese Peking opera song called "Drunken Concubine" along to his playing. Both of them were professionally trained and they performed with grace. Audiences replied with a big round of applause.

That night, the winners of the 2017 VIPP Photo Essay Contest were also announced at the partyEvery year, VIPP hosts a photo essay contest called "America through your Lens." We were pleased to have received so many well-made photo essays for the 2017 photo Essay Contest.

The winners of the 2017 VIPP Photo Essay Contest are:

1st Place ($150 cash prize)A Sip of Life by Lei Zhong

2nd Place ($100 cash prize)Roses Bloom in Spartan Village by Lei Zhang

3rd Place ($50 cash prize)Go Green, Meet Another Self by Bo Yang

Honorary Mention ($30 cash prize) Hope by Yangkai Jin

The potluck was a great success with a lot of food and laughs. VIPP will continue to celebrate Thanksgiving with its participants for years to come!  

VIPP participant Jingqing Wu sang a Peking Opera song along to Zhang Peng's erhu performance.

VIPP Participants enjoyed turkey crafting. Many participants choose VIPP for what they are thankful for.