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Viewfinder: Chinese culture at Harvard Square festival

Linh-Nhi Chit, from the Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy, a martial arts school in Malden, performs at the Hong Kong.

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Linh-Nhi Chit from Malden’s Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy.

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Imagine the color red exploding, briefly, beautifully, and loudly. Voila! It’s the Spring Festival parade passing through Harvard Square, with the Wah Lum Kung Fu lion dancers performing amid cymbals, drums, and a sea of shiny red dragon balloons. Having spread happiness to the people, the lions vanish at the door of the Hong Kong, a Harvard Square institution especially popular for its late-night Chinese food and drinks. Now, the “Kong” transforms, with the help of the nonprofit Chinese Culture Connection, into a temporary culture center. Kids and families stream upstairs for a feast of Chinese music, art, and culture.

 Rachele Huo plays a guzheng, or Chinese zither, a traditional plucked musical string instrument, this one with 21 strings, for the Spring Festival performance at the Hong Kong.

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Rachele Huo plays a guzheng, or Chinese zither, a traditional plucked 21-string musical instrument for her performance at the Hong Kong.

Wu Shao Ying, 90 years old, still has a steady hand for Chinese calligraphy. He used to be a school principal in China.

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Wu Shao Ying, 90 years old, still has a steady hand for Chinese calligraphy. He used to be a school principal in China.

Cambridge, MA 2/29/16 5. Left to Right and Top to Bottom: Quang Nguyen, Timothy Du, Annabelle Eckhardt, Hannah Lydon, Sifu Mai Du, Kelly Le, Yen-Nhi Chit, Linh-Nhi Chit, David Doroquez, Jaelize McCabe, Lorelei Eckhardt, Alana Doroquez, Kara Cheung, and Jayden Tran, Wah Lum Kung Fu practitioners pose before they perform at the Hong Kong Restaurant and Lounge for Spring Festival.

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Wah Lum Kung Fu practitioners pose before they perform at the Hong Kong.

Cambridge, MA 2/29/16 Andrea Ludlam, Abington, MA, shows son Nathan, 10, his name spelled in Chinese characters.

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Andrea Ludlam of Abington shows her 10-year-old son Nathan his name spelled in Chinese characters.

Cambridge, MA 2/29/16 Volunteer Xiuqing Zhang helps glue the cut character for "Spring" onto a colorful background at the paper-cutting table.

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Volunteer Xiuqing Zhang helps glue the Chinese character for "Spring" onto a colorful background at the paper-cutting table.

Cambridge, MA 2/29/16 Chris Wang, 6, Brookline, with the papercut she made. The character is for Spring.

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Chris Wang, 6, with the papercut she made. She is from Brookline.

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