By Priscilla Maccario
On October 14th, 2016, the Chinese Student Club hosted an event called Night Market: Ignite. When I first heard about it, I immediately became excited; memories of going to the night market in Taiwan with my cousins and enjoying food while playing games flooded to my mind. Besides having a personal connection to night markets, it being the largest event of the fall semester and having over 40 club booths attracted me too — not to mention RAs (S/O to Brandon and Anna of AAA!) and club presidents (S/O to Katie of AAA and Courtney of TASA!) getting pied with a mushy, very disgusting-looking peanut butter and banana pie. Here’s the promo video to get you in on the excitement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSDdCefjnmk
As I arrive on Low Steps, fairy lights from several white tents gleam at me, drawing me in. Walking closer to the center, I’m entranced by the talent of our student cultural dance groups. Performances from Raw Elementz, CU Generation, Sabor, Columbia Raas, Lion Dance, and more were showcasing that night.
Before the night started, I organized and baked along with other members of the Asian American Alliance pumpkin chocolate chip cookies (quick plug for cultureSHOCK coming on 11/19!)
After selling delicious cookies to fellow my fellow students, I browsed around the night market myself. The variety of activities at booths astounded me; there was a portrait drawing booth next to me, one taking photographs of people holding a whiteboard completing a phrase, another selling crêpes, an additional giving free pigs in blankets (it was yum) if you like their Facebook page, and one with authentic Chinese food (and many other booths)!
I left feeling invigorated and satisfied (especially my stomach). The Chinese Student Club did a great job putting the event together, and I look forward to going again next year! Many thanks to the student photographers whose photos I’m using to make my article more appealing.
Priscilla Maccario is a first-year at Barnard and Lead Editor for Barnard Bite.