Baruch Taiwanese Student Association Night Market

Article By Yinsana Mok
Photo credit Amy Sabrina Zeng

During the Asian Heritage Month, a Taiwanese event took place, on the this evening of April 8, at the Baruch college multipurpose room. The Baruch Taiwanese Student Association (TSA) hosted a Taiwan Night Market event.

It was TSA’s first signature event of the year in Baruch to celebrate the Baruch Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month. Also, as a way to celebrate the culture of Taiwan, the TSA created this event, because they like to bring this dynamic and delicious culture to Baruch College.

The event was set-up at 4:00 p.m. The event was sponsored by TKettle Bubble, and co-sponsored by Undergraduate Student Government of Baruch College, WBMB Baruch College Radio, United Chinese Language Association of Baruch College, Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society, Lexicon Baruch, Ascend Baruch, Chess Club, Chinese Christian Fellowship, Ecuadorian Club, Golden Key Baruch, Baruch College NYC Hong Kong Club, TSO: Transfer Student Organization of Baruch College, Absolute Adrenaline, Advertising Design Society of Baruch College, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity of Baruch College, Baruch Japan Club, and Baruch Vietnamese Student Association.

The Taiwanese Night Market is street market style where traveling merchants gathered in the rural areas in Taiwan, which sell foods, clothes, games, and other goods to residents. Therefore, the Taiwanese Night Market is well known in Taiwan’s culture. Now, there are over one hundred night markets in Taiwan, the must-visit sightseeing and food adventure spots that we highly recommend.

To celebrate the Taiwan culture, more than 300 Baruch and non-Baruch students showed up to the event. As if you were to be in the night streets of Taiwan, sponsors and the TSA provided lots of food and games that can be found in the Taiwanese night markets, which made the night a fun and special event for many to experience and remember.

Besides all the fun activities and delicious Taiwanese snacks, there were the awesome decorations of the place. The room was decorated with lots of Asian accessories. The organizers also dimmed the lights of the room and added many lights so that we can grasp the feel of the Taiwan night markets.

The exciting part of this event was the games provided to the students. There were a total of 7 mini-games scattered around the room. Every time people beat the game, they received 2-3 stamps. In order to taste the delicious night market snacks (a.k.a “xiao-chi”), attendees can use the stamps to exchange for the foods. The food was delicious, and a lot of thought went into it such as the signature pineapple cakes and popular bubble teas. They had many plates such as curry flavored fish balls, rice noodles, fried chickens etc. Overall, the food that they provided was one of the main attractions in this event. Specifically, it was something the people really enjoyed; especially those that have never tried food from the Taiwanese culture.

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