Classical Afternoon with Tea

It was a cloudy, blustery November day–the kind that was perfect for tea and appreciating the arts. Light snacks and tea were aplenty and zither music floated about the room.

A few weeks ago, the Chinese Club hosted a ‘Classical Afternoon with Tea’ celebrating the four scholarly principles: music, Go, calligraphy, and art.

For music, a Zither was on display and free for the plucking.

There was a scroll-replica from the Nelson Atkins Museum with signs translating the poem and providing context for the work of art. With gloves, participants could even touch it!

Maria Sheen led a calligraphy table, offering guests an opportunity to try their hand at the ancient skill, offering instruction and examples.

Daniel Gentry, of the Kansas Go Association, with an assistant provided explanation and instruction on the classic game. As one interested in strategy games, though not very talented in the area, this is where I spent the majority of my time and learned quite a bit of history about the game. If you are interested in learning more about the game or playing it, the Kansas Go Association meets every Sunday and Thursday from 6-9pm at the Black Dog Coffeehouse. All are welcome to attend!

The afternoon was a delightful way to relax and learn, and we look forward to hosting more such events in the future!

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Serving at Ronald McDonald House

As the Chinese Club, we want to a benefit to the community around us. Our goal is for our events to be fun and educational and foster an appreciation for Chinese heritage and culture. Another way we seek to do that is through volunteering in the community around us.

This October, we returned to the Ronald McDonald House to prepare and serve dinner to the guests staying there. We made teriyaki chicken and stir fried vegetables with rice. The assistant house manager there expressed her enthusiasm as the meal plan strayed from the typical menus offered.

While there, multiple families were able to eat their fill and we had the ability to leave the leftovers for families returning to the house later in the evening or for the next day.

If you are interested in volunteering with us next time, let us know!

If you would like to organize a meal for the Ronald McDonald House yourself or learn more about the organization, you can visit their website

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