The evening of March 19, 2008 marked the debut of Taiwan Night, a student-organized cultural event which aimed to introduce the country of Taiwan to the SPEA community. A group of enthusiastic Taiwanese students prepared a selection of authentic Taiwanese dishes, including pot-stickers, stir-fried rice noodles, Taiwanese hamburgers, and many other delicious options that are hard to find in the Mid-West. In addition to the traditional cuisine, students put on a skit about a typical day of a Taiwanese’s life, followed by a Q & A session. Prizes were given to members in the audience who answered questions about Taiwan correctly. The evening continued with a calligraphy and traditional Taiwanese games, each set up at a different booth for people to enjoy. The setting was similar to the typical “night market” scene, whereby booths of various goods and foods are set up along a street for people to purchase and experience.
The Taiwanese students put much thought and planning into the actualization of this event. Through the financial and technical support from the Graduate Programs Office (GPO) and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Chicago, this evening’s success was a reflection of the Taiwanese students’ hard work and dedication. The Taiwan Night not only provided free food for both faculty and students, it offered an opportunity for SPEA students to learn more about the diversity and another nationality that are present within their own community.