January 18th, 2023

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ISSS News & Events

Talk & Taste with ISSS


📅 Monday, January 30, 3 PM - 4 PM
📍 Conference room, Suite 305, St.Leonard's Court, 3819 Chestnut Street  

Come to ISSS for a study break, chat with our staff, and enjoy hot drinks and snacks! Please be informed that this is NOT walk-in advising. 

Save the dates for this bi-weekly event:

Time: 3 PM - 4 PM
  • Janunary 30, Monday
  • February 14, Tuesday
  • March 1, Wednesday
  • March 16, Thursday
  • April 10, Monday
  • April 25, Tuesday
  • May 3, Wednesday 
Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year at Penn

Lunar New Year Dinner


📅 Saturday, January 21, 4:30 PM

📍Hall of Flags, Houston Hall

Join fellow graduate students in a special Lunar New Year Dinner before the CSSAP performance!


2023 Lunar New Year Gala by Wharton Greater China Club

📅 Saturday, January 21, 5:30 PM- 9:30 PM

📍Asian Palace - 2001 W Oregon Ave

We are back! Save the date for Wharton’s FIRST IN-PERSON LUNAR NEW YEAR GALA since COVID. Join us in celebrating the most important Chinese festival with a feast of Chinese food and Baijiu (Chinese Spirits), Red Packets, a Traditional Chinese Dance Show, and other surprises.

Lunar New Year Gala at Penn


📅 Tuesday, January 24, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM

📍Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall

Join us for an incredible celebration featuring a Fireside Chat with Jason Y. Lee, Founder & CEO of Jubilee Media, a Community Night Market with student and local vendors, and amazing performances from Penn performing arts groups! 

PAACH, ASAM, GAPSA, UPAAN, GIC, and many of Penn’s APIDA community groups are coming together to bring this event to you, with additional sponsorship from Kraft Heinz, Confluent, and the Asian Leaders Alliance. This will be an unforgettable night that you do not want to miss!


CulutreFest! Lunar New Year Celebration

📅 Saturday, January 21, 10 AM- 4 PM

📍Penn Museum, 3260 South St

The Penn Museum will present its annual Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, January 21, 2023, in partnership with the American Chinese Museum. Events will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and all activities are included with museum admission. 

Many communities recognize Lunar New Year, including those who identify with Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Tibetan cultures. The holiday traditionally begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar, and ends 15 days later on the first full moon. This festive holiday originated as a time to rest from farm work and be with loved ones. The diverse customs of Lunar New Year include feasting, exchanging gifts, lighting exquisite lanterns, and making offerings to gods and ancestors.

Visitors can celebrate the Year of the Rabbit by enjoying the traditional Lion Dance, performed by Penn Lions, the University of Pennsylvania’s premiere Chinese Lion Dance troupe, as well as other traditional and contemporary music and dance performances. This celebration is perfect for all ages, with storytelling and make-and-take activities throughout the day.

Happening Around Campus

Academics Plus 

The Weingarten Center partners with Student CounselingPenn Libraries, and International Student and Scholar Services to offer dynamic workshops for international undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

These workshops address language, culture, and resources for students from linguistically diverse backgrounds.


Good Food Bag

📅 Every Wednesday (3 - 6 PM); Every Thursday (10:30 AM - 5 PM); Every Friday (10:30 AM - 5 PM)

📍Penn's campus (Pick-up site will be confirmed via text )

The Campus Good Food Bag (GFB) Program led by The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI), a University Assisted Community Schools (UACS) program of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, is an innovative food sovereignty project designed to address food insecurity and access at Penn. In partnership with the Penn Park Farm, the GFB program connects first-generation undergraduate and graduate students with demonstrated financial need to delicious, locally grown, chemical free produce, recipes and tips. This program is free to students with demonstrated need thanks to the generous fiduciary support of Penn First Plus, Student Intervention Services and USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

We are asking that current participants, as well as prospective participants, fill out the 
Spring 2023 Interest Survey 

By filling out this survey, students will (i) be added to the list of contacts that will receive the weekly registration survey, and (ii) help us determine ideal pick-up locations, dates, and times. 

Students that want to receive the link to the registration form on a weekly basis should make sure to fill out this survey.



Chinese Queer Women's Group

This group is open to UPenn Chinese queer women who identify as ciswomen, transwomen, non-binary, and questioning. This is a Mandarin-speaking discussion group. The goal is to build a community and a safe and affirming space. Please feel free to reach out to Yupu for further information. If you would like to join, please contact Yupu for a 15-minute screening.


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