Chopstick fun and dumplings with Project Pengyou’s Game Night
大家好！On Oct. 29, 2019, Project Pengyou, the Chinese cultural club, hosted their annual Game Night. This year’s game night consisted of chopstick challenges, chopstick minute games, running with chopsticks, and, to switch it up, dumplings for consumption. The game Go, known in China as mahjong, was also brought out, for those with the utmost skills. In Building 60 Room A, Project Pengyou welcomed many students, giving them the chance to play these games and potentially win fancy pairs of chopsticks. The competition for the “fabulous chopsticks,” worded by club Webmaster Grace Tevaseu, increased to the point that a student ended up lying on the ground, after fumbling and ultimately dropping the marshmallow as he was running. Loud shouts, squeals of joy, and noises of utter defeat could be heard by passersby.
Being the theme of the night, chopsticks hold great significance in the Chinese culture, with about a quarter of the world using chopsticks as their primary utensil. The first chopsticks were bronze and used for cooking; their initial purpose was reaching into deep pots of boiling oil. Around 400 A.D., chopsticks were shortened and converted for eating, endorsed by Confucius. Over time, chopsticks spread to surrounding countries and around the world, as seen today. Project Pengyou incorporated these facts in a fun fashion throughout the night. As Project Pengyou knows, students enjoy Kahoot so they utilized the learning tool to explain the relevance of chopsticks in the culture.
As usual per club event, Project Pengyou provided food and refreshments. This event had larger dishes, especially foods that are easy to grab with chopsticks. The pots were filled with chicken or pork dumplings, with a side of hot sauce for anyone willing to test their heat standards. To wash it all down, jugs of Arizona tea were placed on the table, coincidentally next to the hot sauce.
Game Night marked Project Pengyou’s second event of the year, with a respectable turnout. “The event was great,” provided club Secretary Matthew Konicki. The attendees had fun, resulting in a “good game night,” club President Nicole Wood concluded after reviewing the attendance and participation.
As an additional plug, for students in Chinese language courses, cultural points, known to students as extra credit, are provided in exchange for event attendance. This is due to the “cultural piece” Project Pengyou always incorporates into their events, approved Zhan 老师. As always, watch out for the next event!