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A fall celebration festival displaying various East Asian cultures will be held in the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room at 5 p.m. Friday.
East Asia Night is a collaboration of different culture classes put together by the Asian Studies Club, the Chinese Students Association, the Japanese Students Association and the Taiwanese Students Association.
“The Asian Studies Club wanted to have an event for the Moon Festival, but this is a way to include other cultures and other groups,” Kylie Chiu (senior, international business) said.
The event will display different aspects of Asian culture at several table stations.
“We will have a manga table, calligraphy, origami and traditional foods,” Chiu said. “There will be examples from the different cultural groups to show not only how they are different but how they are similar as well.”
The evening will also include a tongue twister competition where a “top-secret” prize is being offered, a chopstick challenge and a station for “Just Dance Wii,” Chiu said.
The Japanese Students Association will be selling California rolls in bento boxes for $5 to fundraise for their karaoke night in November.
Students who are a part of the Asian studies majors will be involved as well, director of the Asian studies major, Stuart Chandler, said
“This event will be in addition to the classes,” Chandler said. “It’s more social, more fun, and it is open to everyone.”
Chandler is hoping to introduce East Asian culture to other people because of the increased role of the region in the news.
“I want new people to gain an appreciation for the culture, the art and the food,” Chandler said.
The evening will host as many as 15 performances, one of which will feature Indiana University of Pennsylvania professor Dr. Mary Logan- Hastings alongside a graduate student native to China.
There will also be a featured martial arts demonstration by Young Brothers Tae Kwon-Do and a performance on the Chinese erhu (an instrument similar to the violin).
Attendees will get to see traditional dances, hear traditional music and watch a “noh,” a traditional Japanese play.
East Asia Night presents an opportunity for interaction between the native speakers and the students who are learning, Shijuan Liu, assistant professor of Chinese, said.
“They can use the language and show people what they have learned so far,” Liu said.
Each language level will have a performance time where the students will present poems, stories and other projects they have worked on in class.
Liu is expecting at least 100 to 120 people to attend and hopes to expand the event in the future.
The activities will be held from 5 until 6 p.m., followed by the performance portion of the evening.
“If this goes well it will become an annual event,” Liu said, “and, in the future, we hope to include the Arabic language and expand it to an ‘Asia Night.’”
The event will be a chance to talk with professors and students about related courses offered in the spring semester.