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Spring Charity Ball 2012 - Help Save a Child's Life!

By Webmaster - posted February 23, 2012

Come attend our first annual spring Charity Ball fundraising event! Featuring raffle prizes, an auction, all-you-can-eat hors d'oeuvre, dancing, ballroom dance workshop, and a live Berklee band!

All proceeds go towards funding surgeries for Chinese orphans with medical needs. HELP SAVE A CHILD'S LIFE.

An emergency bone marrow drive will also be held during the event to benefit Janet Liang who is suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia and needs to find a bone marrow match before April. There will be a booth where attendees can register for bone marrow donor testing. Bone marrow donor registration only requires filling out a form and four quick cotton swabs of the inside of their mouth.

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MIT China Care at the Zoo!

By Michelle F - posted January 19, 2012

Congratulations to MIT China Care members on a job well done by helping the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston plan the Chinese zodiac animal activity booth for the zoo's Chinese New Year celebration. MIT China Care and the zoo prepared the activity materials together, which included zodiac animal mask coloring pages, a large zodiac animal compatibility wheel, and zodiac animal description pamphlets. Pamphlets describing our BU-MIT Dumplings playgroup program for this spring were also printed.

On January 14, the day of the event, MIT China Care volunteers braved the freezing cold to embark on a 2 hour commute to the zoo and back in order to set up and run the activity booth. At the booth, situated in the Bird's World section of the zoo, children colored masks corresponding to their zodiac animal while our volunteers chatted with parents about customs for Chinese New Year and explained our playgroup program for the upcoming spring.

We loved meeting the with the families for this enjoyable event, and we hope to see interested families RSVP to attend our playgroups! Thank you MIT China Care officers for planning the event, and Franklin Park Zoo for inviting us!

MIT China Care was also mentioned as one of the participating partners of the Franklin Park Zoo event on

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Dumplings Playgroup: Thank You, Pictures, & Recipe!

By Michelle F - posted November 27, 2011

Thank you so much to all of the families who came to our Dumplings Making Playgroup to wrap up (*ahem* no pun intended!) such a great semester! We had lots of fun holding the playgroups, and it's been an awesome experience for us because of all of you. Your and your children's smiles were our motivation and inspiration. :)


As promised here is the (secret) recipe to the dumplings, contributed kindly by Zihim. You may find the ingredients at the C-Mart Supermarket in Chinatown.

Please look here if you want alternative recipe for the dumplings or recipes for other Chinese foods, such as mooncakes and egg tarts! You will also find a video for pretty dumpling wrapping techniques on that page.


The pictures are also up on our website! If you wish to have any of the original picture files, let us know and we will email them to you!


As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any suggestion on what activities you wish to see in the future, or how we can improve our playgroups. The playgroups are for you and your children, so it only makes sense to tailor them after your wish. The playgroup dates (tentative) for the Spring semester are listed below. The themes are yet to be determined so it will be fantastic if you let us know what you would like to do! Registrations will start in January.

Dumplings Playgroup Dates for Spring (tentative):

  • Feb 11
  • Feb 25
  • Mar 10
  • Mar 31
  • Apr 28

Thank You!

Please keep in touch, and thanks a million again for all the wonderful playgroups!

BU-MIT Dumplings Playgroup Team

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(Left) Making Dumplings! (Right) Dancing to Chinese childrens' songs

Shuttlecock, Chinese Yo-Yo, and Finding Friends!

By Michelle F - posted November 20, 2011

Thank you to everyone who came to the Dumplings Playgroup this past Saturday! We enjoyed meeting with you and your family. It was an active playgroup, and we hope you had lots of fun making and playing Jianzi (Chinese Shuttlecock), watching an awesome Chinese Yo-yo performance by our guest Brian Chin, and playing Finding Friends (a Chinese version of Duck, Duck, Goose). The photos from the playgroup have been posted on the MIT China Care website already, and other materials from the playgroup will follow shortly. If you wish to have the photos emailed to you or if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to email us at: at gmail dot com!

For those who are interested, here is the song that traditionally accompanies the Finding Friends game.

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(Left) Playing Jianzi (Right) Learning to use Chinese yo-yos

Wen's Successful Surgery!

By Michelle F - posted November 06, 2011

During spring semester of 2011, MIT China Care donated $500 to the national China Care Foundation to fund cleft lip surgery for Wen, a young orphaned girl in China. She underwent surgery in this fall, which successfully fixed her cleft lip! Learn more about Wen's story from her donor report

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(Left to Right) [1] Wen before cleft lip surgery [2] Wen after surgery - a big difference! [3] She's a healthy, big eater now!