Chinese Club Aviators fly without planes

Everyone knows how to make a kite. However, the value in the experience lays beyond the classic conglomeration of two sticks, a piece of paper, and a string.

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Chinese Club members revive the ancient tradition of kite making. On May 2, many club members gathered in the Chinese room to construct kites together. For information on future meetings look for flyers in the hall. Photo Courtesy of Lila Englander.

“What we really focused on was the experience to fly them together. The weather was beautiful and it was a great bonding experience for the club,” said Rachael Sun, 12.

Originally invented in China, the first kites utilized the country’s supply of silk and bamboo. It soon gained popularity in India, and spread to many other countries from there.

“The cool thing about Chinese Club is that we get to do activities that are thousands of years old. We’ve done calligraphy, played badminton, and had tea ceremonies in past meetings,” said Chris Seger, 10.

Despite its simplicity, kite-making has remained an enjoyable activity practiced in many cultures globally.

“I had a great time making a kite and I think everyone else did too,” said Yuan Zhang, 11.

For more information on how to make a kite, click here.