At our first Friday Fun Day of the winter quarter, the Vietnamese Student Association from Santa Clara University led a fun “Culture and Cooking” workshop with the Alma kids in celebration of the Lunar New Year that was earlier that week! The kids were introduced to new friends, ate some traditional Vietnamese foods like green waffles, red sweet rice, and Bánh Chưng, a steamed cake that also has a fun folktale that was also shared and heard!
The kids learned about the importance of rice to Vietnamese people, who use rice in their foods as well as to make things like rice paper and rice hats! Using the rice hats, we also played a “Ricebreaker” where the kids were blindfolded and had to use only their hands find paperclips among rice grains!
It was a very fun day for both the SCU students and the Alma Verdeans, and we are looking forward to more “Culture and Cooking” workshops from other multicultural clubs from Santa Clara University like Barkada, the filipino cultural club, Intandesh, the South Asian cultural club, and more the rest of the year!