Ethnographic Study of the Berkeley Chinese Students Association (CSA)
The Berkeley Chinese Students Association is the first among the many non-profit
organizations and social communities that serves the interests and concerns of Chinese students
studying in the USA. The organization was the first to be set up in the USA, being founded in
1951. The organizations main goal is to propagate the Chinese culture and social norms to the
Chinese as well as non-Chinese students in the campus. As such, they offer support, comfort and
guidance to Chinese students, especially those who are new to the US (TIYM Publications 34).
They offer a family and a home for those who are away from home as well as connecting
students to ensure that they support each other. The group hosts a series of events, which helps to
promote integration, social engagement and collaboration among members and non-members.
The events also help individuals to reminisce over Chinese games, meals, social norms and
general culture, which propagates the culture (TIYM Publications 44). The events also help
attendants to meet new friends and have fun, making their meetings attractive to many people.
The major events organized by the organization include the lunar New Year Bouquet,
which occurs annually; the Chinatown trips; Poker and Mahjong Game Nights; EAU Night
Market; the food outings/hotpot and many other events (Berkeley Chinese Students Association).
Apart from these events, the association holds an annual general meeting, excursions, hikes and
other exciting sports and events. The group has a membership plan where they give discounts to
interested members. Members get a 10% discount through offers from Mandarin House, 85◦C
Bakery Café, Lotus House, Seniore’s Pizza, Katsumi Suchi and Kimchi Garden (Berkeley
Chinese Students Association).
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