Celebrating Lunar New Year in Oxford... with a twist

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Our Module 3 of the MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership was a culturally immersive one, as Pauline Wu Yun, Esther Chong, Joseph Eio (who co-authored this article) and I organised a heartfelt Chinese New Year celebration for our diverse cohort across 22 nationalities.

Our dinner at a local restaurant, featuring Malaysian and Chinese culinary traditions, was symbolic as we arranged for yusheng/yee sang, a vibrant dish symbolising togetherness and prosperity, to be served alongside as well. This tradition of tossing yusheng/yee sang together reflected our collective leadership spirit and our shared hope for a future of more collaborative global healthcare.

However, the cultural immersion did not stop there! We delved into the world of Chinese tea appreciation and tried our hands at Chinese calligraphy, turning our blessings and wishes for the new year into beautiful pieces. It was a deeply meaningful experience, especially as we learned the pronunciations of the Chinese translations of our names and the meaning behind them.

In tandem, no module experience will be complete without the anticipated college dinner, and this time, it was the Divinity School that hosted us for the evening. Sharing this incredible food and tea, and the act of collectively articulating our hopes for the new year, brought us even closer as a cohort. Here is to more unforgettable experiences and a year filled with good fortune as we usher in the Year of the Dragon.

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About the authors

Chiak Tang is Director and COO of DoctorOnCall, Malaysia. Joseph Eio is Director for children, youth, mental health and counselling services at Care Corner, Singapore. They are both students of the Oxford MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership.