The Dumpling School

Designers: Beizi (Ricky) Zhang, Jessica (Jieyu) Yang, Joyce Lu

Archetype: Constraint

Context: About 3% of the world population, live outside their country of origin today, and the number is continuing to rise. As more people move to either settle permanently or work temporarily away from home, they bring with them some parts of their culture, leading to an increasingly unified world culture that consists of adapted cultural trends. Meanwhile, traditional skills and crafts, including cooking, are dying as people spend more time and place more emphasis on work.

We live in paradoxical times, of a cross-cultural dilemma, we may speak the same language, but do we really understand each other? We interpret subjectively, we jump to conclusions, we look at the world through eyes and lenses that’s designed to correct our vision, and not the other person’s, we stereotype.

Product: The Dumpling School is a social enterprise that partners with high schools to run week-long workshops to educate and develop cultural intelligence in high school students. Equipped with gloves that would track and help guide hand gestures when making dumplings, students learn to make dumplings in a fun and engaging way, while appreciating the differences and similarities across cultures.

At the Dumpling School, students learn to make Dumplings of world. It brings back face to face, hands on learning experience to counter balance online existences. It inspires more active and shared learning possibilities for connections and exchange.