Dumpling Making - U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, South Korea - 2 February 2013
U.S. Army photos by Tanya Im, Jaeyeon Sim
BOSS Dumpling Making at the Senior Home
By Tanya Im
USAG Humphreys Public Affairs
CAMP HUMPHREYS – As part of its outreach program and in celebration of Lunar New Year, the Camp Humphreys Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers and other volunteers worked together to make and share mandoo dumplings with the elderly Feb. 2.
The word mandoo originated from China and is considered a special food, especially for the beginning of the New Year. Eating dumpling soup on Lunar New Year’s Day means “Happy New Year.”
More than 40 members of the Camp Humphreys community took part in and experienced making dumplings and shared it with the residents of the House of Wusula, in Yangseong-myeon, Anseoung-si.
The purpose of this event was to celebrate Lunar New Year with the residents and being a good neighbor in the local community and to give back to the local community by getting involved with Korean culture. Moreover, not only can the Soldiers make lifelong friends, but they also will have a more positive outlook while serving here.
“What better way to give back to the community than for our military personnel to get involved with Korean culture and specifically learning some of these celebrations like Lunar New Year,” said Spc. Kareen K. Medeiros, the Humphreys BOSS President /Area III Coordinator. “And, it is a nice way for the Soldiers to get to know what is around them. They work extremely hard. For them to have downtime to have some fun and something positive, this is a wonderful thing for us to get involved in the program like this.”
During the volunteering, the participants experienced a variety of Korean traditions for the first time. They played a Korean New Year’s game called Yutnori, which is a kind of Korean board game. They also sang together the Korean folk song, “Arirang” and a Korean New Year’s song, “Seolnal.”
Some also had the opportunity to wear traditional Korean clothing, called Hanbok, which can prove to be difficult to wear without help from someone with experience. While wearing the clothing, participants learned New Year’s greetings and performed a New Year’s bow to the elderly.
Overall, the highlight of the volunteer trip was dumpling making. Everyone gathered around the tables and started making dumplings in accordance with an interpreters’ explanation.
“I really enjoyed myself,” said Pfc. Ryan R. Resendez, assigned to Bravo Company, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion . “I was glad to make the elderly smile and meet new people. It was great day. If I have another chance, I’d definitely like to come again.”