The Asian Student Union (ASU) will host an evening of Asian culture and food to provide students with an opportunity to learn about Japanese and Korean cuisine while indulging in desserts native to the countries. The event will run from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24 in the Office of Intercultural Affairs.
“We wanted to celebrate the end of summer by introducing students to summer dessert treats that are common in Japan and Korea,” explains Danielle Ramos ’18, president of ASU. “The goal of the event is to create a fun and comfortable learning environment that isn’t as formal as a classroom and to generate conversation on international cuisine.”
ASU will provide free kakigori and bingsu, which are traditional shaved-ice desserts of Japan and Korea, respectively. Similar to a snow cone, kakigori and bingsu consist of shaved ice that is flavored with syrup, condensed milk, and served with a spoon.
“We have added a Do-it-Yourself element so that everyone can select a flavor and topping options,” says Christopher Bell ’18, an officer of ASU. Flavor offerings will include strawberry, cherry, lemon, green tea, grape and melon, while toppings will include everything from fruit to rice powder.
“Students will not only get to have a taste of those countries, but they also have the opportunity to learn how kakigori and bingsu are made so that they can make it on their own,” Ramos says.
Later this month, ASU will host a “Bubble Tea Time” event in the Scandling Campus Center on Friday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Office of Intercultural Affairs also has several events with food offerings planned throughout the coming semester, including an International Dine & Chat dinner at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, as well as a Lunch and Career Talk on networking and internships at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
ASU meets at the Office of Intercultural Affairs on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Students interested in joining can contact Ramos at email@example.com.