For celebration of API month, Catherine and Katie presented Look at us now! Everything, Everywhere, All at Once. The workshop was organized, informative and interactive. The materials provided were comprehensive and served as valuable resources even after the workshop concluded. Catherine and Katie's attention to detail and commitment to ensuring a memorable experience were evident in every aspect of the workshop.
Katie and Cat adapted the “Oh My Boba!” workshop for my company as part of our APISA Heritage Month celebrations. Both Katie and Cat were fantastic to work with, and I appreciated that they created a presentation that was engaging for a corporate audience. There’s a certain brilliance in using boba – a wildly popular food item – as a vehicle to begin conversations about the intersectionality of identity and politics, and we left their presentation with a deeper understanding of boba’s history as well as plenty of food for thought around Asian representation in mainstream society.
As a part of APIDA Heritage Month, our middle school APIDA affinity groups wanted to host a boba workshop to enjoy boba as a community and learn more about the history of boba. The Boba Workshop by Cat & Katie was a great way to fulfill our two-fold purpose of affinity groups this year: to cultivate (1) safe spaces for students to bond and build connections and (2) brave spaces where they can grow in their leadership and understanding of self through storytelling and exploration of their history and heritage. During the workshop, students engaged in deep reflection and lively discussion where they drew connections between themselves, the history they've learned in class, and the history of boba. It was a very enlightening experience and a joy to see the students engaged in such intentional community building and self-discovery.
We partnered with Katie and Cat to host a "History of Boba" event for our Asian Identities Employee Resource Group. The event was engaging, approachable and informative for anyone, regardless of identity and familiarity with boba. Their knowledge of cultures and history framed through the evolution of boba (and similarities to other Asian foods) made for a truly fascinating discussion and educational experience for our global group.
It was really informative and a good way to have fun and enjoy boba together while learning something about our history and culture.
Our students LOVED the workshop with Dr. Fung on boba. Even over Zoom, she was able to engage them in a meaningful way. The students walked away with a greater appreciation for all that goes into that delicious cup of boba. After the workshop was over, the students continued to talk about how colonialism, slavery, and capitalism interact with this seemingly simple food. It was a great entry point into Asian American Studies.
I didn't know how much of what I was learning in class about slavery and colonization was connected to boba!
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