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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.

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.

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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.

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Lila Englander
Lila Englander, Assignment Editor
I am currently a senior. This year I serve as an assignment editor. I love writing about people or groups with fascinating stories who often fly under the radar. Beyond learning to use the Adobe design programs and developing my writing skills, journalism has allowed me to pursue my love of learning and gain a deeper understanding of the profound value of collaboration. I enjoy participating in Academic Quiz Team, Chinese Club and TEAMS team. I love backpacking, kayaking, climbing, reading and napping. I am learning Chinese at school at the AP level and can read, write and speak Hebrew because I went to Jewish day school until eighth grade. I also sharpened my Hebrew skills during junior year while studying abroad for a semester in the desert of Israel through Alexander Muss High School in Israel. The past three summers, I have been lucky enough to intern at a small nonprofit called Design Impact. My favorite book is "Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace. My favorite T.V. shows are "The Wire" and "True Detective." My three favorite news sources are "The New York Times," "The Atlantic," and "The Onion." I also listen to "This American Life" on NPR every week. Although I am interested in pursuing a career in engineering, I am confident that journalism will benefit me wherever I end up. I am looking forward to another great year on staff!
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