WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -- With the coronavirus taking over China, members of the Chinese community can't go home however here in Wausau they were able to celebrate.
This is the first celebration of it's kind in Central Wisconsin, highlighting the traditional Chinese culture. Along with Wausau's Mayor Mielke, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes got into the spirit as well by learning and demonstrating how to make dumplings, a traditional new year dish.
"I want to highlight diverse communities, diverse communities that don't always get the attention in our state, any chance I can get to come up here to Wausau I take full advantage of it," said Lt. Gov Mandela Barnes, (D) Wisconsin.
And for people like Joy, she says it's important to share and experience the Chinese culture and traditions while educating the community.
"This is a time that you get to go home to see your family, I think everybody should know about each other and learn about each other's cultures," said Joy Clendenning, Founder of Chinese Express.
And it wouldn't be a Chinese New Year celebration without a traditional lion dance performed by one of the few u-s based internationally recognized lion dance troops.