Issaquah Highlands Red Dance group preformed at the Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 17. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Issaquah Highlands Red Dance group preformed at the Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 17. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Issaquah Highlands Chinese Heritage Club hosts their annual Chinese New Year celebration

Performances included the traditional Chinese Dragon Dance

Issaquah Highlands Chinese Heritage Club (IHCHC) hosted its annual Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 17 at Blakely Hall Community Center in Issaquah. Attendees were dressed in red and traditional Chinese clothing to celebrate the Year of the Pig.

Attendees saw traditional dance of China that were performed by the Issaquah Highlands Red Dance group, Wahaga Youth Club, Nuoyan Zhang, and the Seattle Shaolin Kungfu Academy. Musical performances included a local youth string quartet and songs by Fan Ping.

Seattle Shaolin Kungfu Academy and Waha Youth club are yearly supporters of the event and donate their performances to the Chinese New Year Celebration.

The IHCHC hosts various events like the dragon boat festival and the autumn festival throughout the year at Blakely Hall. IHCHC founder Sylvia Chin said she hopes to continue the events for the Issaquah Highlands community.

“Not only [do they] enrich local Chinese and Asians but it also serves as a bridge to connect to every culture,” Chin said. “We hope to create an opportunity for the [children] of other heritages to know Chinese culture.”

The club also meets once a month at Blakely Hall.

To learn about Chinese Heritage Club events, visit the club’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IHCHC.

Issaquah Highlands Red Dance group preformed at the Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 17. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Issaquah Highlands Red Dance group preformed at the Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 17. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Issaquah Highlands Red Dance group preformed at the Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 17. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.

Issaquah Highlands Red Dance group preformed at the Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 17. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.

The Wahaga Youth Club preformed a traditional Chinese dance at Blakely Hall in Issaquah for the Chinese New Year celebration. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.

The Wahaga Youth Club preformed a traditional Chinese dance at Blakely Hall in Issaquah for the Chinese New Year celebration. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.

Seattle Seattle Shaolin Kungfu Academy preformed a dance that told the story of the western journey. The story included a pig god and the monkey king. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Seattle Seattle Shaolin Kungfu Academy preformed a dance that told the story of the western journey. The story included a pig god and the monkey king. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo

Seattle Seattle Shaolin Kungfu Academy preformed various KungFu routines at the Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 17. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.

Seattle Seattle Shaolin Kungfu Academy preformed various KungFu routines at the Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 17. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.

Lily Zou and 20-month-old Annie Yan wore traditional Chinese clothing for the celebration on Feb. 17. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.

Lily Zou and 20-month-old Annie Yan wore traditional Chinese clothing for the celebration on Feb. 17. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.

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