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2008.1028

International Students Get Bonding by Making Dumplings Together on Kungkuan Campus

<p>By Kevin Tang<br /> Campus Reporter</p> <p>Six-five international students, mostly from the Mandarin Training Center,&nbsp;shared the moment of learning eastern culture and getting to know each other by making dumplings together at the 7th Dormitory Cafeteria on the Kungkuan Campus from 7pm to 9pm tonight.</p> <p>Although the event was organized by Office of Student Affairs (OSA), Kungkuan Student Affairs Section Dean Tom Li (李建興) explained the metaphor for making dumplings to help international students from Vietnam, Haiti, Australia, Korea, the Netherlands, India and many other countries understand the purpose for the event.</p> <p>&quot;From a certain angle, a dumpling looks like a smile.&nbsp; From another, it looks like a bowl.&nbsp; It is therefore the symbol of both happiness and material prosperity,&rdquo; Li said.</p> <p>Dutch student Maaike de Wijs said that she certainly enjoyed the moment.</p> <p>&quot;It is really fantastic to have all these different people from the whole planet making conversations under the same roof,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>Echoing de Wijs&rsquo; comments, Virginie Marc, from Haiti, said that making dumplings itself was fun already.</p> <p>&quot;It is even more delicious when you know that you made them yourself,&rdquo; Marc said.</p> <p>OSA Dean Frank Fang (方進隆) said that the office will be organizing a similar activity for the Dragon Boat Festival for making zongzi (sticky rice wrapped in bamboo leaves) next summer.</p>