Chinese Gift-Giving: What Not to Buy

When it comes to presents, there are certain gifts that are forbidden to give due to different reasons. It may be because of the pronounciations, symbols or meanings, etc. Below are eight gifts that are inappropriate to give as gifts in Chinese culture.


1. Clocks 
  Clocks of any type should be avoided because 送鐘 (sòng zhōng, send clock) sounds like 送終 (sòng zhōng, the funeral ritual). Clocks also symbolize time is running out; therefore, the end of relationships and life are the messages that are sent when a clock is given as a gift.

2. Handkerchief
   To give handkerchiefs (送巾, sòng jīn) sounds like 斷根 (duàngēn), a farewell greeting. This gift is especially inappropriate for a boyfriend or girlfriend unless you want to break up.

3. Towels
  Towels are usually given out at funerals, so avoid this gift because it brings sad memories of funerals and death.

4. Umbrella
Offering your friend an umbrella may seem an innocent gesture. However, it means you want to end your friendship with him or her. If it is raining and you are worried he or she will get wet, it’s better for both of you to huddle under your umbrella until you reach your friend’s destination. Then, take the umbrella back home with you.

8. Shoes, Particularly Straw Sandals
Giving shoes 送鞋子 (sòng xiézi, give shoes) sounds similar to break up. Also giving two shoes sends the message that you want the person to go his or her separate way; thus, ending your friendship.



PISA Dinner Review

The PISA dinner that was held on Friday was a success. Everyone, whether they be the members or non-members of the organization, all had a great time at the dinner. Everyone talked about their ups and downs as well as the obstacles they had encountered in the semester. I believe that the dinner not only offers an opportunity for international students to bond together, it also gives students a great time to let go of their stress and enjoy a great dinner with friends.

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PISA Hosting Its End of the Semester Dinner

Purdue International Student Alliance (PISA) will be hosting its end of the semester dinner at Purdue Ford Dining Court this Friday on Apr 11. The purpose of the dinner is to encourage members and non-members of the organization to bond together as a family and reflect the ups and downs that the organization has encountered this semester. Another objective of the dinner is to announce the PISA staff members for next semester as well as to reveal any upcoming events, activities, meetings, trips, etc.

Nate Gann, former PISA member, will be joining the team for the dinner this Friday too. He is now a Purdue graduate and has been taking part and contributing to the organization for the past three years, Gann believes that the organization not only constructs activities to help connect the international students from different countries together, the organization also provides a new and distinctive perspective of what Purdue University is like for the international students.

In an interview with Gann, he talks about the mission of PISA as well as what PISA”s major goals are in trying to help make the organization possible.

After having a short talk with Gann, I believe that PISA is a unique organization that helps integrate students from different backgrounds together as a whole. Although I’m not a member of the organization, I am excited to join the organization for dinner at Ford this Friday. If you are interested in coming to the dinner and learning more about the organization, please feel free to join the crew!

Date: April 11, 2014
Time: 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Location: Purdue Ford Dining Court

Tweet me at @ak_0406 and tell me what you think about the PISA dinner on Friday night!

TSA Indoor Go-Kart Racing

What can we do on a Friday night? Movies, popcorn, bars? No, they’re probably all too overrated. How about Go-Kart Racing? Taiwanese Student Association (TSA) hosted a Go-Kart Racing event on Friday night. Everyone was pumped up for it and most of the guys were also very competitive about their racing scores and average minutes.

Below is a short video of the event:

Eric Chen, president of the TSA, believes that instead of hosting events like Barbecue, Mall Shopping, Karaoke night or Ball event, he wanted to try to do something new, different and exciting. Below is what he has to say about the event:





Green Tea Fusion: Savory & Sweets

What do we usually do with green tea?  Two-thirds of the people would probably answer “we drink it!” The answer is quite universal, but it may sound a little too cliche. Green tea is not only used for drinking, but it can also be used for making savory food and sweet delicacies.

Aside from treating green tea as “tea” alone, there are restaurants worldwide that make use of green tea as noodles or soups for entrees.

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Screen Shot 2014-04-03 at 3.51.22 PMNot only do green tea extract be used to make noodles, green tea extracts are perfect ingredients to make Green Tea Vinaigrette as well. And it definitely goes great with cold soba noodles.

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If you are wondering what dishes go great with green tea noodles, here are some quick and easy recipes to let you choose from.

Of course, not only do green tea play an interesting role in making savory dishes, it is also a major ingredient that can be found in many sweet delicacies.Green Tea cakes are the most common sweets that contain green tea extract or green tea powder.

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And of course, in order to follow the trend of macarons, Green Tea Macarons are incredibly delicious. Goes great with pistachios!
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Hopefully you will get to make some delicious green tea sweets and savory in your leisure time! Don’t forget to check out my Pinterest board regularly: Green Tea Fusion