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USC Chinese students enjoy their Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional festival celebrated in China and many Asian countries.

"A photo of some homemade mooncakes by students"

September 21 was the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture. Its popularity is on par with that of Christmas in the United States.

The history of the Mid-Autumn Festival dates back over 3000 years. People reunite with their families on this day, and enjoy food like mooncakes, and gaze at the moon shining at night.

However, for USC Chinese students in Los Angeles, they can’t spend the day with their families because their home is overseas.

Yuqi Fan studies Economics at USC. She says she really misses her parents at this time of the year, but she found a way to cope and spent the holiday with her friends at USC.

YUQI FAN: After class, my roommates and I go to the store to buy a lot of food, and after we go back to our home, we call a lot of our friends to eat and to play together to celebrate.

Being away from home, Fan also said that her attitude towards the iconic traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival food - mooncake, changed.

FAN: And the mostly missed food may be the mooncakes.I don’t eat them when I’m in China. But this festival makes me miss the taste of the mooncakes so much. So I bought four pieces of mooncakes in the Chinese market.

Instead of purchasing from the supermarket, what about designing mooncakes yourself?

Yiyun Ma, who is pursuing her master’s degree in Healthcare Decision Analysis, is one of those making her own mooncakes.

YIYUN MA: We bought the pastry from the Chinese supermarket and we make the meat, we make the meat stuffing by ourselves. Oh, we just like make the stamed stuff ball, just put the pinchect and cover the meat stuffing with our pastry and then brush with squash and this black hole with black sesame. After that bake it in oven until the pastry is golden. Our tasty mooncake is finished.

Nothing could taste better than a home made mooncake on this special holiday.

Despite being away from home, USC Chinese students found their own ways of mitigating their homesickness and enjoying the Mid-Autumn Festival in this diverse and splendid metropolis.