The evening started with a feast prepared by local Chinese restaurants, followed by a series of performances prepared by the talented families and friends of CCA members, which represents both the traditional and modern Chinese cultures. Corning City Deputy Mayor Bill Boland and numbers of Corning Incorporated leadership members joined the celebration.
The year 2016 is a year of Monkey, the ninth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. In Chinese culture, Monkeys are considered cheerful and energetic by nature and usually represent flexibility. People under the sign of the Monkey are wise, intelligent, confident, charismatic, loyal, inventive and have leadership. CCA represents the largest Chinese community in the Southern Tier region. Its mission is to facilitate networking and personal/professional development amongst the Chinese community and those who are interested in the Chinese culture. It hosts the annual Chinese New Year celebration for more than 10 year, which has become an iconic event in the local community.