Launching a Chinese Club with Bubble Tea & Community-Building

Carina Ly is a student at Edmonds-Woodway High School in Edmonds, Washington. She is president of her school’s Chinese club. She worked to make this club one of the largest at her school, with about 80 members. Her club organizes everything from mooncake tastings and ping pong tournaments to Chinese food dinners and calligraphy square painting. She hopes to take her Chinese club from a language club to a community where anyone can feel belonging and have fun learning about Chinese culture. The club is known for working with local bubble tea stores and selling hundreds of cups of bubble tea during school lunch to fundraise. Expanding upon her passion for Chinese, Carina created a website called Perfect Chinese ( that offers by students, for students dialogues, recordings, flashcards, and tutoring to supplement IB Chinese courses. For fun, Carina travels the world and posts about the foods she eats on her popular Instagram food blog @carinaeats.

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