Event Details

Virtually join fellow Cornellians, friends, and family worldwide to celebrate CAAA, the accomplishments of our honoree, Ming Tsai MPS Hotel ‘89 and the Lunar New Year – Year of the Ox.

Friday, February 19, 2021
Pre-show begins at 7:00pm, Main show is from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Zoom Link provided with Registration
Dress Code: Your favorite zoom outfit!

7:00 PM Doors Open and Celebration Pre-show ; Silent Auction
7:30 PM Celebration Begins

About the Event
This free event includes cultural performances from students and global alumni performers, multiple dinner and drink offerings, a silent auction, and a keynote address by our honoree, Ming Tsai. Ming Tsai will be doing a cook along, and will teach us how to make his new bings from MingsBings. You can order the kit here! Proceeds from ticket sales, donations, silent auction, and the Harney and Sons custom yellow tea blend will all go towards funding the CAAA undergraduate scholarship program.

The Cornell University Press, as a special bonus, is providing free reading to everyone who registers for our 2021 Virtual Pan-Asian Celebration! Expect great selections from their deep Asian Studies collection. More details will be available soon.

Honoree and Keynote Speaker

Ming Tsai, MPS Hotel ’89
Restaurateur, Entrepreneur & Celebrity Chef

Registration Details

Kindly consider a Celebration Friend donation of $50 or higher.
Any amount will be appreciated.

See Registration for additional donation levels and Cornell Giving Society tiered donations.

Registrations at all levels of donation will receive access to a selection of Asian American e-books for free, curated by the CU Press

The Silent Auction

In addition to our performances, speakers, and souvenirs, we are bringing our annual silent auction virtual! Register on Charity Auctions Today to access our silent auction this year.

First time Registrants can sign up here 

Attendees can view the auction site here 

The auction is both desktop and mobile friendly, and you can receive outbid notifications on your phone. This auction will be live from 7:00pm EST on February 12th, and and will close at 8:45pm EST on February 19th. There is something for everyone this year!

The Menu


Chef Ming Tsai’s MingsBings Set: $60.00 (sold through their website here)
What’s in the set: A set of 12 or 24 veggie-filled bings, with 8 superfood ingredients. Bings from this set will be featured in Chef Ming’s cook along during the event, as well as a dipping sauce for the bings. Ingredient list is on the Mingsbings website, and ingredients for the dipping sauce will be released ahead of the event date.

For Students: CAAA has partnered with Cornell Catering to provide a special meal to students for the Pan Asian Celebration on campus!

What’s included:
Vegetarian: Tofu Lo Mein, Asian Vegetables with kimchee dumplings, Salad with Sesame Ginger dressing and a Lunar New Year Cake
Non-Vegetarian: Pork Lo Mein, Asian Vegetables with kimchee dumplings, Salad with Sesame Ginger dressing and a Lunar New Year Cake

Meals will be available for pickup at all satellite locations (Williard Straight Hall, Noyes, Appel, and RPCC) on Friday, February 19th from 11:30am – 2:00pm, and from Noyes, Appel, and RPCC from 5:30pm – 8:00pm.

Please note that all meals are served chilled. They can be eaten cold, but are best when reheated. All meals can be ordered through the GET app, and cost a standard meal swipe.

Ty Ling Dinner Kit: $25.00 (includes shipping) SOLD OUT
Curated by Susan Guerin ‘83 of World Finer Foods, this eight-piece dinner kit has all the ingredients necessary to make a robust stir fry at home.
What’s in the box: Cellophane Noodles, Chinese Mixed Vegetables, Ty Ling Baby Corn and Bean Sprouts, Sesame Sauce, Sesame Oil, Chinese BBQ Glaze, and a recipe for Ty Ling Stir Fry.


Cornell New Year Blend Tea: $20.21 (includes shipping) SOLD OUT
To honor Chef Ming Tsai ‘89, Michael Harney ‘77 of Harney and Sons Fine Teas has created a custom Yellow Tea blend.
All proceeds from the Custom Cornell blend will be donated to our CAAA student scholarships, and CAAA would like to thank Mike for his continued generosity and support.

The Souvenirs

Donations of all levels are appreciated for our annual event. Every little bit counts towards raising money for the student scholarships, and here are some of the ways we would like to thank you for your support this year:

At donation levels of $50 dollars and above: attendees will receive a customized event mask, with the CAAA 2021 Pan Asian Celebration event logo printed.
At donation levels of 150 dollars and above: attendees will receive customized CAAA chopsticks, white print on dark wood, as well as the custom event mask.
At all donation levels: Thanks to the generosity of the Cornell University Press, all attendees will gain access to a curated selection of 10 free books from their Asian Studies selection. Full book list and access information will be sent out to registrants prior to the event.

CAAA would like to thank Mosaic and Diversity Alumni Programs and Cornell Catering for their efforts in making this event memorable, as well as the A3C and AASP for their continued programming support. We would like to thank Susan Guerin ‘83 and Michael Harney ‘77 for their event support, and Michael Harney for his donation to the CAAA student scholarships.

About Our Honoree

Ming Tsai is the James Beard Award-winning chef/owner of Blue Dragon in Massachusetts and his latest venture BABA at the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana. An Emmy Award-winner, Ming hosts PBS-TV’s Simply Ming, now in its seventeenth season. Ming is the author of five cookbooks: Blue Ginger: East Meets West Cooking with Ming Tsai, Simply Ming, Ming’s Master Recipes, Simply Ming One-Pot Meals and Simply Ming In Your Kitchen. As a way to emulate his lifestyle and share it with the world, Chef Tsai is launching his new line of veggie filled patties, MingsBings, launching Fall 2020. Ming supports many charities including Family Reach, a non-profit whose mission is to provide financial relief and support to families fighting cancer, of which he is currently the Chairman of the National Advisory Board. For more visit www.ming.com.


Event Questions? Email Rose Tanasugarn ’90 and Miwa Fukunaga ‘00 at caaa.programming@gmail.com
Auction Questions? Email Roland Shen ’76 at rshen@leviton.com and Mohammad Radiyat ’15 at mr782@cornell.edu
Registration Questions? Email Brendan West at btw27@cornell.edu

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