EASA Lund is going to Japan!

EASA is organizing a trip to Japan, from Tokyo to Yokohama and other locations in the Kantō Region. Our aim is to discover the history, the culture and the society of Japan. The trip will take place between 8-16 April.

Our focus is going to be the de-nuclearisation and international cooperation, in order to understand the pillars behind peace. The participants will meet officials, organizations, and activists to discuss and learn about their work. We will also approach these topics from a cultural and social perspective, this is why we will meet many local Japanese people, we will visit art and history museums to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together.

Thanks to the incredible work of our team in getting grants to cover the costs, it will cost only around 3000 SEK, which includes flights, accommodation, travel and many of the entrances. The rest is covered by the grant!


Cook-along with Thai Flavours – FULLY BOOKED

EASA Lund & EOS Cares present: Cook-along with Thai Flavours!

Thai food is among the most popular cuisines in the world. But do you know how to make it authentically at home? EASA and EOS Cares are here to help! With the guidance of our excellent hosts, guests will gain knowledge of how to cook three fantastic dishes!

You will have a chance to learn to cook the following dishes in an authentic way: Sum Tum (green papaya salad), Larb (minced meat salad, can be replaced by mushroom), Tom Yum soup (hot and sour soup flavored with lemon grass). Rice will be served as well. Vegans are certainly welcome, just specify your food preferences in the registration form.

Please note that the green papaya in the salad will be partly replaced by carrot to make this event cost-friendly.

When? Monday March 25th, 18:00
Where? EOS Hallen, Arkivgatan 32, 223 59 Lund, Sweden
Price? 30kr for members of EASA or EOS, 40kr for non-members

The event is now fully booked, however you can still sign-up to join the waiting list at the link below. Please do not turn up if you do not get confirmation of your place in the event, as you not be able to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there and learning together!


Read more about the event here.


East Asian Peace – Can it Last?



Börje Ljunggren, former ambassador in Dhaka, Vientiane, Hanoi and Beijing, as well as former divison chief of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the Foreign Ministry’s Asia unit, will talk about the likelihood of war in East Asia, which is home to some of the world’s most serious unresolved conflicts.

22/11 at 19:00-20:30
Edens Hörsal
How much?
30 SEK for non-members, FREE for EASA Lund members!

Despite the tension in the area, it has somehow remained at peace for a long time. China has not been at war since its brief border war with Vietnam in 1979. While this was followed by a decade of further incidents between these two countries – as well as several territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the region has yet to see another regular war. But how long can this peace last?

You have the possibility to sign up as a member before the event.


A new side of Taiwan

By: Tristan Fleming-Froy

A few weeks ago, I was one of a few lucky board members to be invited to the 2018 Global Youth Trends Forum in Taipei. Of course, although we were there for the forum, we took the opportunity to explore Taipei in our off-time. We saw some sights, met great people and enjoyed a whole range of great Taiwanese food. But perhaps the most interesting part of our trip wasn’t in Taipei, but instead on Taiwan’s often overlooked East coast. By leaving the big cities we saw Taiwan’s more natural side and learned about a couple of Taiwan’s many indigenous peoples, who are often forgotten in modern Taiwan.


Before the Forum kicked off, all the delegates were taken down to Hualien, a small town on Taiwan’s East coast. The East coast is less explored by foreigners – since most of Taiwan’s population lives in the North and West, few people seem to venture past Taiwan’s huge mountains to the other side. However, it’s well worth the trip. Dark green forests cover the mountains, which fill the skyline before crashing down into the Pacific Ocean. The ocean is a pale blue where it laps at the cliffs, then suddenly darkens where the continental shelf drops away, extending to the horizon.


Taiwan realises there is really beauty in the East – several large sections have been designated as national parks. We visited Taroko National Park, just north of Hualien. Battling through the heavy rain, we walked through a deep, long gorge, and marvelled at the clear turquoise water running through it. The park takes its name from the indigenous Truku people who live in the area; or at least the Japanese translation of Truku. Traditionally, the Truku people wore face tattoos which marked significant moments in their lives and showed their membership as part of their tribe. These tattoos were also important in death, as the Truku believed they would cross a rainbow bridge in the afterlife and needed their face tattoos to be recognised and accepted by their ancestors. However, when the Japanese ruled Taiwan, they banned the practice. Although Japan no longer governs the island, the anti-tattooing policy took a heavy toll. Not only that, but in Taiwan today, many indigenous peoples (especially the young) are torn between maintaining their heritage and blending into modern society. As a result, few Truku bear the traditional face tattoos. Taroko National Park is, therefore, a beautiful showcase of nature, but also a sad reminder of how minority culture is challenged by a changing.


The following day we experienced a different indigenous culture, although in a far more uplifting way. We spent much of the day meeting local Amis people, with the man in charge giving us all an informative but very entertaining explanation of the Amis people and their culture and traditions. The Amis are another of Taiwan’s minorities, known for their unique Palakaw fishing style and vibrant traditional clothing and dance. So obviously they wanted us to participate, although some people were better at catching fish than others. Fortunately, plenty of fish were caught for dinner. And what a feast it was! We were treated to a huge spread of Amis recipes, including salt-baked fish, rice and red beans steamed in bamboo and seafood stew cooked using hot rocks. Finally came the dancing, led by a group of older Amis women in vibrant outfits that blended the modern and traditional. The day was fun, but educational; standing in contrast to what we had learned about the Truku, it was an entirely different experience for the Amis to proudly share their living, breathing culture with us.


Our trip to Taiwan was enjoyable for many reasons. The Global Youth Trends Forum was a great opportunity to meet new people from all over the world and discuss future issues that affect us all, and Taipei is an interesting city to explore. But Taiwan doesn’t possess a single people or single culture. If you ever have the opportunity to go, I recommend you go beyond the main cities, and try to meet people whose stories, both modern and historical, might otherwise go unheard. You never know what you might find.


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A study break for the tummy and mind

By: Fabian Friberg

Last Tuesday (22/10) East Asia Student Association in Lund (EASA) and Eos Cares banded together to organize a well-needed study break filled with vegan spring rolls to eat. I, being a fan of both organizations as well as Asian food, happily decided to go. What I knew before going in was that I’d be eating vegan Vietnamese spring rolls, but what I didn’t know was that the chef for my rolls would be none other than myself.


Upon arrival, an EASA member from Vietnam gave us bowls filled with ingredients and demonstrated how to make the rolls to us. Unexpectedly, one of the bowls contained only water and nothing else. She then told us to soak a sheet of “paper” in the water to make it soft, after which we were to wrap it around our vegetables and fried tofu. Thankfully this paper was made of rice and not micronized wood, so it was actually edible. After making our wraps (with me adding way too many ingredients to mine making it more like a bag than a wrap) we dipped them in hoisin sauce and savor them. Turns out ugly wraps can be delicious too!

The spring rolls were good, and so was the company. I had the opportunity to speak to many people from different countries, all interested in languages, basketball, or both. We all were comparing our own masterpieces to see whose were the prettiest (it wasn’t mine) and heartily ate all of them.


To “wrap up” the evening, EASA had prepared a well thought-through quiz. Having become well acquainted with my table mates, we were ready to take it on head first.


I was surprised to find out that the format of the quiz would be based on the Swedish TV show “på spåret”. Having such a popular Swedish family show make its way into an Asia-themed quiz night was not what I expected, but it ended up making the quiz more interesting than the typical 10-20 questions type of quiz we’ve all participated in so many times before.

The introductory challenge had us pairing short snippets of Asian songs with their countries of origin. The countries we could choose from were Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Mongolia and Cambodia. This was my time to shine, as I have a great interest in both Asian music and Asian languages. Our team ended up winning the first round with 10/12 songs matched correctly with their country.

It all went downhill from here though.

The next section followed in typical “på spåret” fashion, having us digitally visit 3 different Asian countries and answer questions about them. Our teams gave it our all, but it turns out we have much to learn when it comes to Asian politics and history. I guess I’ll have to drop the k-pop videos and start watching some documentaries instead.


We ended up coming dead last, despite our initial lead and had to experience the bitter taste of defeat. I must say though, that the quiz was very fun and well put together, with interesting questions highlighting some parts of Asian culture and history I didn’t know of before.

It was a great evening, made possible thanks to Eos cares and  EASA, and I sincerely hope they will cook together something similar in the future for tired hungry people like me to enjoy. I hope someone tells them.

Having set the tone for large-scale integration, Eos Cares is the social programme of the basketball club IK devoted to facilitating efforts to community building. Since its establishment in 2015, Eos Cares has come to organize a wide range of social activities for all kinds of people to join. These include language cafés, cook-along, and learning seminars.



The examination period is around the corner. Why not take a break from your study and come hang out with EASA (East Asia Student Association Lund) and EOS Cares?

We start the night with an introduction on EASA and Eos Cares. Then it’s time for the much awaited workshop on how to make VEGAN Vietnamese summer rolls. Tea, coffee and small snacks will also be available!
At 19:00 we will have a quiz about places, music and anything in between really!

This event serves only students. Further, there’s a small fee for the cost of ingredients. Non-EASA members pay 20 SEK or join the association with an annual membership fee of 50 SEK.

You need to sign-up for this event: https://www.eoscares.se/events/students-only-study-break-fulled-with-vegan-summer-rolls


Announing our new collaboration partner

EASA Lund is excited to tell you that we have started a collaboration with Lund’s best and most authentic Chinese restaurant: Mui Gong. The restaurant was recently featured in newspaper Sydsvenskan, who called it ‘a pearl among all bad interpretations of Chinese food’ and gave it outstanding praise. We at EASA Lund love Mui Gong as well!

As a member of EASA Lund, you will from now on receive a 10 % discount at Mui Gong upon showing your membership card when paying. This deal excludes lunch buffet, noodle menu, and beverages. Enjoy our favourite Chinese restaurant in Lund!

To read the full article by Sydsvenskan, simply follow this link: https://www.sydsvenskan.se/2018-09-28/mui-gong-en-parla-bland-alla-daliga-tolkningar-av-kinesisk 




EASA Annual Meeting 2018

Dear members,

You are hereby officially summoned to the Annual Meeting of the East Asian Student Association (EASA) Lund.

What is an annual meeting?
The annual meeting is the highest decision-making body within EASA Lund, where decisions are made concerning the whole association. All members are welcome and everyone who became a member before 24 September has the right to vote during the meeting.

What are we going to do?
We are going to confirm the agenda for the coming year of operations by voting on an operational plan and a budget.
We are also going to vote on the position of EASA Lund’s auditor for this operational year. We will also vote on potential motions or propositions sent in by members or board members.

What shall I do?
Bring your membership card and your ideas to Folkuniversitetet at 18.00 to be a part of the annual meeting.

If you would like to submit a motion, please send it to president@asialund.org no later than 2 October.

All meeting documents can be found following this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1DUyzeSUHo5y1AU8y9J5V6X8EQowXpyrW?usp=sharing


Cultural Exchange

Welcome to EASA Lund’s first cultural exchange!

Have you always dreamed of studying, working or living abroad but don’t know all the cultural and necessary details about the country you’d like to visit? Are you in desperate need of travel tips that bring you closer to the culture than any tourist website ever could? Would you like to exchange experiences with others who’ve traveled to the same places in Asia you’ve been to? Or do you just want to talk about all the things you miss here in Sweden?
Then this is your chance to meet in a more relaxed setting, talk about culture and join in on games and other activities. Coffee and tea will be provided.

You do not need to be a student to attend this event.

When? – 3 October at 16:00
Where? – Kalmar Nation
How much? – 30 SEK for non-members, free for members.

Read more and attend our Facebook event.