Chinese Culture Club holds first club week of school year


Tiffany Wong

Chinese Culture Club members Logan Bhamidipaty (11), Alycia Cary (11) and Helen Yang (11) sell boba from Teaspoon at a table outside of Manzanita. Students could either pay in cash or have the 6 dollar purchase charged to their student account.

by Tiffany Wong, Aquila News Editor

Chinese Culture Club sold boba and hosted a celebration of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival for their club week this week.

Club members first announced Chinese Culture Club’s activities during Tuesday’s school meeting. For Tuesday, Thursday and today after school, members of the organization offered boba from Teaspoon for 6 dollars in front of Manzanita to passing students. Those who chose to purchase a drink were given the option to pay either in cash or through their student account.

The club also invited students and faculty to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, a holiday observed in some Asian countries on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, with mooncakes in Mandarin teacher Dr. Shaun Jahshan’s room during long lunch today. Club members Alycia and Logan Bhamidipaty (11) presented a slideshow and a YouTube video detailing the history of the holiday.

“During the Mooncake Uprising, which inspired the festival, secret resistance fighters Liu Bowen and Zhu Yuanzhang asked for permission to distribute thousands of mooncakes to Chinese residents in the capital as a ‘blessing to the longevity of the Mongol emperor,’” Alycia said during the presentation. “The mooncakes had a piece of paper inside that read: ‘Kill the Mongols on the 15th day of the eighth month.’ The rebellion was successful, and Zhu Yuanzhang founded the Ming Dynasty after.”

Next week’s club week will be hosted by Academic Decathlon.

Tiffany Wong
Trays of lotus paste mooncakes sit on a table for students to enjoy while a YouTube video detailing the history of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival plays in the background. The celebration was held in Mandarin teacher Dr. Shaun Jahshan’s room today.