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Mid-autumn Festival Photo Competition Winners Announced

The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute (UBCI) is pleased to announce the winners of the UBCI Mid-autumn Festival Photo Competition. In line with the themes of the Mid-autumn Festival, UBCI presented awards in two categories: (1) photos of homemade mooncakes and (2) photos of the moon.

In the moon category, the winning photos were taken by Jie Zhang, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for China Studies at Buffalo State College.

In describing the photos, Zhang said, “The first one was taken early in the evening of the Mid-Autumn Festival when the moon just showed above the horizon, and the second was taken about midnight, when the moon was in the middle of the sky. I used the same camera, the same focal length, and the same position. They are the same size in the pictures, instead of being larger early than late in the evening, as most people would think. This is a test to show that the reason the moon looks larger on the horizon than in the middle of the sky is that the moon is usually seen with buildings and trees when it is down there. The buildings and trees, etc. are the references of the observers. When the Moon is up in the sky, the references are not there anymore. The comparison of the two Moons the same day can be used to support the Social Reference Theory.”








The winning photos in the mooncake category were taken by Yan Li, a Chinese language teacher at Stanley M. Makowski School in Buffalo. She said, “I learned to make . . . traditional style mooncakes [this year], also called Cantonese-style mooncakes. There are two different fillings, the red bean paste and the “five kernel”. But I put 9 indigents for the five kernel instead of five: walnut, almond, cashew, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, black sesame seeds,  white sesame seeds,  dried cranberry, and dried apricot.”

Although celebrating the Mid-autumn Festival in the midst of a pandemic was challenging, many people in Western New York still found safe and creative ways to celebrate in 2020.