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Students present cultural festival

Sept. 19, 1996

Jennifer Paschal/The Lariat

By Claire Hansen

Lariat Reporter

The Vietnamese Student Association's Autumn Moon Festival provides all students with a chance to experience the rich heritage of another culture.

'We want to let everyone know we're here,' said Kenley Lim, VSA president and a San Antonio sophomore.

The festival is a traditional Chinese and Vietnamese gathering centered around food and dancing to celebrate the new moon.

The fourth annual festival is from 8 to 10 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Barfield Drawing Room in the Bill Daniel Student Center and is open to all students.

'Asians in general are a small minority on campus and we don't want to lose our culture,'said Thu Nguyen, a Houston sophomore.

The festival will feature dragon, chopstick and umbrella dances which are fast-paced dances using props and the body as methods of expressing emotion.

VSA members will present a comedy play based on Asian folklore and will top the evening off with a traditional Chinese lantern lighting. Moon pies and coconut chews will be served along with other Asian snacks.Tickets will be available in the Student Center Monday through Thursday. The cost is $5 for members, faculty and family and $7 for non-members.

'Attending a cultural activity like this one gives students a wonderful chance to learn about the diverse backrounds and cultures of their fellow students,' said Pearl Beverly, coordinator of multicultural activities in the Department of Student Activities. 'It is like tearing a page out of a history book and seeing it actually come to life.'

VSA membership is open to any University student.

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