The 2010 George Mason High School Summer Chinese Language Program included 12 students in a three-week cultural immersion program Tainan, Taiwan. This video was produced by the hosting students at National Cheng Kung University and presented as a farewell gift to their new friends from Falls Church.
NCKU students prepared dumpling ingredients and Aiyu seeds for the twelve Mustangs. They also led them and their chaperones on many field trips to experience the local culture, customs and cuisines of Taiwan.
Making dumplings proved to be harder than it looks. Students either put too much ingredients in the dough making it hard and difficult to wrap or added too little which caused the wrapped dumpling to go flat. The Mason students also were taught how to use spoons to carefully extract Aiyu seeds, then wash and message them in water to produce a slimy gel.
"This is my second time making the dumplings," said senior Katie Douthitt. "I made it last year when I went to Beijing for a month. It's fun because you can make different shapes with it. I really like the school here. It is a really large and beautiful campus. I am enjoying the stay and the foods are really great. This is my first time in Taiwan. I shall definitely come back next year, maybe in the winter, when it is cooler.”
The 2010 George Mason High School Summer Chinese Language Program, led by chinese teacher Tina Kao, included 12 students in a three-week program. The curriculum included language classes, culture classes, language exchange and field trips.