DeForest Area Public Library

Dragon Dance with Zhong Yi Kung Fu Association

As part of the 2024 Winter Reading Program: Ignite Your Imagination, members from Zhong Yi Kung Fu Association will discuss and perform a dragon dance. They will begin with a discussion about the history of the dragon dance and end by performing the dance through the library stacks. This is also a great way to learn about the Year of the Dragon and get ready for the Lunar New Year on February 10.

Speaking with Music

Program Description:

HMong music is the last surviving musical language in the world—it is able to mimic HMong speech by using musical intervals, ornamentation, and chords to mimic linguistic tones, consonants, and vowels—allowing musicians to literally speak with music. However, there have not been many opportunities for this unique trait of HMong music to shine. HMong American refugees first arrived to the United States in 1975, after having supported American CIA forces in Laos during the Vietnam War.