The historical Chinese policy of “Panda Diplomacy” has resurfaced through a Chinese culture club on campus.
As a relatively new club, Pandamonium has only hosted one event so far. But on Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., members are co-hosting a dorm party with the Chinese House Living-Learning Community in Teague Residence Hall.
Junior James Holden said Pandamonium seeks to foster more friendships between Chinese and American students on campus.
Holden said founding member Jialing Jiang came up with the idea for the club last fall, but the first official event wasn’t until January.
“The club was partly inspired by ‘panda diplomacy’ from China where they gave pandas to other countries, and Jiang said we should do something like that here,” Holden said.
With only five core members and one event under their belts, Holden said Pandamonium relies on the connections made between other Chinese groups on campus to help host events.
“In the Pandamonium family, we don’t really have members, it’s more of friends,” he said. “A lot of people help out and volunteer — about half and half American and Chinese.”
For Saturday’s event, Pandamonium has joined forces with the Chinese LLC and its student coordinator, sophomore Linda Zhang.
Zhang said Jiang contacted her last semester in order to plan the dorm party, where attendees will be making and eating dumplings, listening to Chinese music and playing games like Ping-Pong.