2015

Highlights

Hello, Tea! Hello, Friends! –An Introduction to Chinese Tea

Lecure delivered by Danna Cao

Thursday, January 22, 2015
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Community Room, International House Davis, 10 College Park, Davis, CA 95616

Welcome to the tea lover’s group.  In this lecture and tasting, we provide you a tangible tea experience including tasting and information about tea in Chinese culture, as well as a chance to learn very simple Chinese.  This is an introductory session, in which you will observe different types of tea from China and gain a general understanding of Chinese tea. Tasting: 3 basic type of tea +  more shared by our tea friends. Light snacks will be provided.

Tea & Conversation: Names of Chinese People

Friday, January 23, 2015
12:05-12:55 p.m.
Lounge, International House Davis, 10 College Park, Davis, CA 95616

Discussion facilitated by Danna Cao and Meg Liu. Different nations have their featured naming system. Chinese take naming seriously as name is not only the label for a person to be identified, but also reflecting the expectation of parents or even influencing the life journey of a person. This Tea and Conversation will focus on what connotations Chinese names have and how Chinese names are given.

Cultural Presentation at Davis Elementary School

Friday, January 23, 2015

99 Ranch Field Trip

Field trip led by Sally Wu.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
2:30-4:00 p.m.99 Ranch Market, 4220 Florin Rd., Sacramento, CA 95823

Wanna try Chinese cooking by yourself? Feel dazzled by the ingredients and seasonings aisle in Chinese food markets? This field trip will show you around 99 Ranch Market in Sacramento, CA, introducing the most common ingredients (well...'special ingredients' by Western standards!) and seasonings used in cooking Chinese food. Also, 2-3 recipes will be recommended to you. At the conclusion of the field trip, you will have the option to buy ingredients and seasonings so you you can treat yourself and your family to a new dish!

Moral aspects of drinking: heroic spirit and token of loyalty

Lecture delivered by Meg Liu.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Community Room, International House Davis, 10 College Park, Davis, CA 95616

Each beer bottle brings friendship to a higher notch, every bottle of baijiu helps sealing a deal. Drinking in China is not only about pleasure, it has much to do with respect, self-affirmation, friendship and the perpetuation of traditions. In this wine workshop, we will look at the moral aspects of drinking in China, and how drinking can demonstrate a person’s heroic spirit and be a token of loyalty.

Tea & Conversation: Why (Not) This Food On This Occasion?  

Friday, January 30, 2015
12:05-12:55 p.m.
Lounge, International House Davis, 10 College Park, Davis, CA 95616

Discussion facilitated by Sally Wu. In China, there are many common folk-customs in eating, or in selecting food for specific occasions. In this Tea and Conversation, we’ll explore these customs to better understand the underlying reasons for these selections.

Chinese Food & California Wine Pairing with Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA)

Saturday, January 31, 2015
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Buehler Alumni Center, UC Davis campus

Tea & Conversation: Zodiac Animals and Constellation

Friday, February 6, 2015
12:05-12:55 p.m.
Lounge, International House Davis, 10 College Park, Davis, CA 95616

Discussion facilitated by Meg Liu. In Chinese astrology, the animal signs assigned by year represent what others perceive you as being or how you present yourself. So the 12 zodiac animals are usually connected with personality. In this Tea and Conversation, we’ll talk about the 12 zodiac animals in China and what personalities they represent, and the popular “compatibility test” of animal signs for people who are getting married. We’ll compare Chinese zodiac signs with constellation in terms of personality.

I Drink Wisely and I’m Good – The Health Benefits of Tea

Lecture delivered by Danna Cao

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
1207 RMI South, UC Davis campus

Are you a wise tea drinker who can drink depending upon what your body needs? This lecture explains the health benefits of tea and specific health keeping properties of different types of tea. We will share ideas on how to choose your specific tea based on the healthy effect you want. Tasting: Royal Pu’er and Anjie White Tea

Chinese Medicinal Food Homology: Lecture & Tasting

Lecture given by Dean CHEN Wei, Jiangnan University visiting scholar

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.Community Room, International House Davis, 10 College Park, Davis, CA 95616

In China, Medicinal Food Homology (MFH)means that some foods themselves have therapeutic effects on certain diseases, and there is no absolute boundary between them. The “MFH” concept is long-standing in China. A lot of foods can be used both as foods and drugs. This topic introduces the origin and concept of MFH, and summarizes the different applications of different spices in our life. Participants will hear:

    • Concept and history of MFH
    • Classification of MFH approved by Ministry of Health in China
    • Functions of MFH and improvement of health
    • Application of MFH in Food Industry in China
    • DIY recipes with MFH

UC Davis Wellness Fair

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Dim Sum Workshop

Workshop led by Sally Wu.

Monday, February 23, 2015
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Food Innovation Lab, Sensory Building, UC Davis campus

Dim sum (literally “to touch your heart”) is an umbrella category for various small Chinese dishes. Cooked in different methods, the succession of flavorful small treats does touch the hearts of millions of people. In this workshop series, you’ll see various dim sums in the presentation and learn how to cook (and then eat) one dish.

99 Ranch Field Trip

Field trip led by Sally Wu.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
2:30-4:00 p.m.
99 Ranch Market, 4220 Florin Rd., Sacramento, CA 95823

Wanna try Chinese cooking by yourself? Feel dazzled by the ingredients and seasonings aisle in Chinese food markets? This field trip will show you around 99 Ranch Market in Sacramento, CA, introducing the most common ingredients (well...'special ingredients' by Western standards!) and seasonings used in cooking Chinese food. Also, 2-3 recipes will be recommended to you. At the conclusion of the field trip, you will have the option to buy ingredients and seasonings so you you can treat yourself and your family to a new dish!

Chinese New Year at Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) International Cafe

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Student Community Center, UC Davis

Tea & Conversation: Dating and Blind Dates

Friday, February 27, 2015
12:05-12:55 p.m.
Lounge, International House Davis, 10 College Park, Davis, CA 95616

Discussion facilitated by Danna Cao. Chinese dating customs have changed with the development of the society, and traditional blind dating has transformed into a modern style. This Tea and Conversation will share true stories of dating experiences of different generations in China and the underlying reasons for these differences.

Cultural Presentation on Spring Festival and Lantern Festival at William Land Elementary

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Cultural Presentation at Peregrine Elementary School

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Tea & Conversation: Wedding and Marriage Customs in China versus America

Friday, March 6, 2015
12:05-12:55 p.m.
Lounge, International House Davis, 10 College Park, Davis, CA 95616

Discussion facilitated by Meg Liu. From traditional betrothal gifts to “Five Nos”, from buying houses & cars to a “naked marriage”, Chinese wedding and marriage customs have undergone great changes in recent years. In this Tea & Conversation, we’ll talk about the traditional pre-wedding, wedding and marriage practices in China, and how they have changed in modern times.

Dim Sum Workshop

Workshop led by Sally Wu.

Monday, March 9, 2015
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Food Innovation Lab, Sensory Building, UC Davis campus

Dim sum (literally “to touch your heart”) is an umbrella category for various small Chinese dishes. Cooked in different methods, the succession of flavorful small treats does touch the hearts of millions of people. In this workshop series, you’ll see various dim sums in the presentation and learn how to cook (and then eat) one dish.

Tea & Conversation: Parents and Parenting

Friday, March 13, 2015
12:05-12:55 p.m.
Lounge, International House Davis, 10 College Park, Davis, CA 95616

Discussion facilitated by Sally Wu. Compared with the situation decades ago, parents in China seem to have more pressures in raising their kids nowadays, and they seem to have more challenges to meet than the counterparts in United States in the context of “One-child policy”. Starting from commenting on Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, this Tea and Conversation will center on the past and present situations of Chinese parents, the similarities and differences between Chinese parents and American parents.

99 Ranch Field Trip

Field trip led by Sally Wu.

Saturday, March 14, 2015
2:30-4:00 p.m.
99 Ranch Market, 4220 Florin Rd., Sacramento, CA 95823

Wanna try Chinese cooking by yourself? Feel dazzled by the ingredients and seasonings aisle in Chinese food markets? This field trip will show you around 99 Ranch Market in Sacramento, CA, introducing the most common ingredients (well...'special ingredients' by Western standards!) and seasonings used in cooking Chinese food. Also, 2-3 recipes will be recommended to you. At the conclusion of the field trip, you will have the option to buy ingredients and seasonings so you you can treat yourself and your family to a new dish!

Understanding Jiu: The History and Culture of Alcoholic Beverages in China

Organized by Faculty Director Andrew Waterhouse

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Sympsium: 8:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Gala Dinner: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, UC Davis