Southeast Asian Club Hosts a Spring Roll Party

The Southeast Asian Club began this year at Malden High. It was brought together by Juniors Angelina Prum, Jasmine Tran, Xin “Jamie” Wu, and Sophomore Jacqueline Lim.

Co-presidents Prum and Tran started the club “because [they] noticed that the Asian Culture Club in Malden High only represents the Eastern Asian countries, which are completely different.” Prum expressed how being “Southeast Asian and living in Malden, there [is] not as much representation for Southeast asian kids.” The club’s purpose is to “help teens connect with their culture, or learn about a new one.” The club is looking for “a connected group of people in the club [...] who have a passion for helping others.”

From left to right: Juniors Jasmine Tran, Jamie Wu, and Angelina Prum with the food they prepared. Photo submitted by Angelina Prum

The club will host many fundraisers relating to Southeast Asian culture and “donate those funds to the Southeast Asian countries in need because most of those countries are underdeveloped and living in poverty.” Upcoming fundraisers will include more food events and a collaboration with the Asian Culture Club for the upcoming Asian New Years.

The Southeast Asian club held its first event on November 26, in the school cafeteria. Tickets to attend the event were $5 beforehand and $6 at the door. The officers prepared all the toppings for people to choose from. Tran stated that “the most difficult part about organizing this event was timing.” The officers had been planning this event for two months. She said, “[they] spent a lot of time perfecting and organizing this event,” since it was their first official event. Many challenges arose to prepare for the event. The event was pushed back several times and conflicted with other events.

The different toppings provided for the spring rolls. Photo submitted by Angelina Prum

The spring roll party turned out to be “a complete success, which is what [the officers] were all hoping for.” The officers were “worried people would not be interested and not enough people would join or show up to our events/meetings, however [they] were proved wrong when over 30 people arrived.” The club is hoping to host another event, “where [they] would sell egg rolls.”

Tran explained how “there was not a club that really explored this region like East Asia was.” The club was created “to not only represent this region, but also give back to these areas that are suffering.”

Jennica Ruan

Jennica Ruan is a junior at Malden High School, and a returning member of the Blue and Gold staff, with this being her third year involved. As a returning member, she has written articles for both local and sports, but prefers local stories. Ruan enjoys that Journalism is different from English class. Outside of school, Ruan enjoys playing lacrosse, as well as painting and hanging out with her family. She is also involved with the Red Cross Club, as well as other, not-so-active clubs. Ruan is very excited to get back into the environment of Blue and Gold and is looking forward to writing.

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