The WCI, in partnership with the Asian American Student Union, concluded a 2nd year of the successful Bubble Tea program.
This program was made possible by a 2017 “campus climate improvement” grant to the Wisconsin China Initiative from the Chancellor’s Office and the International Division of the UW-Madison. The free public events feature free “Bubble Tea,” conversation and camaraderie.
The WCI student team selected the Chinese name of “麦屯奶茶日“ which focuses on the Madison location (麦屯, the nickname for Madison) and the student friendly beverage (奶茶) that will be served.
For Year 2 of the program, funding was provided by the Wisconsin China Initiative, while content was coordinated by student leaders in the Asian American Student Union, and tea and snacks were provided by Asian Sweet Bakery. Attendance averaged 37 per event at the six teas held during Year 2, and nine students attended four or more of the teas.
Year 2 events had the following themes:
- April 25, 2018: Faculty Panel on Asian American Experiences in the Workplace
- March 16, 2018: Asian American Identify Formation, lecture by Prof. Cindy Cheng
- February 16, 2018: Panel on Masculinity and Gender for Asian Americans
- December 1, 2017: Panel on International Students from China, moderated by Prof. Jerry Yin
- October 27, 2017: Asian Americans in Film, lecture by Prof. Lori Lopez
- September 29, 2017: Asians as a “Model Minority,” discussion led by Yukiko Ikeda