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Asian Culture Center invites freshmen to make bao, meet new people



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The Asian Culture Center is located on 10th Street. Students can make bao at 4 p.m. Nov. 8 as part of the culture center’s “Make Friends, Make Bao” event. Izzy Myszak Buy Photos

Students can make bao at 4 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Asian Culture Center on Tenth Street as part of the culture center’s “Make Friends, Make Bao” event.

Bao is a common dish in China. It is a bun or bread-like dumpling filled with meat or chopped vegetables.

Joyce Lam, student assistant at the culture center, said the event is a good opportunity for first-year students to connect to their cultural roots and meet new people. 

Daniel Park, a graduate assistant in the culture center, said making bao is usually done at major holidays such as Lunar New Year or Mid-Autumn Festival.

“Bao is very symbolic in terms of gathering family or friends together,” Park said. 

On Thursday, bao will be used to bring together new students.

“Food is a cultural component that brings a lot of people together,” Lam said.

Bao is white and soft, and it’s best to eat it while it's steamy warm. Though most people know bao as savory buns, they can be made sweet too. 

Program Associate of the center Sarah Stamey said the culture center will have a volunteer lead to event and teach attendees how to make bao, but in the end the event is about making friends.

“It’s always fun to have yummy food at the end,” Stamey said. 

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