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AsianFest seeks to reveal Eastern cultural varieties

Nov. 4, 2005

by KORIN TORRENCE, reporter

Western and Eastern cultures will collide this weekend as the Asian Student Association exposes the Baylor Bubble to the Orient with its sixth annual AsianFest.

ASA is sponsoring AsianFest to promote Asian awareness on campus through different cultural performances and a banquet featuring guest speaker Eric Liu.

AsianFest is a two-day event consisting of a cultural show titled Pandamonium, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. today in the Barfield Drawing Room in the Bill Daniel Student Center and a banquet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the same location."The culture show will basically consist of performances and entertainment to display Asian dances or traditions, and the banquet will feature a prominent Asian guest speaker," Plano junior Stacy Chen said.

AsianFest will display different types of Asian cultures during Pandamonium to educate students about ethnicities within the Asian culture.

"A problem Asians often run into is that others simply think everything Asian is Chinese. But I hope AsianFest will be able to teach some of the differences that we Asians have within our own community," Chen said.

ASA has invited different multicultural organizations to participate in Pandamonium to educate the audience about the Asian culture.

"AsianFest is a great opportunity for different groups to come together and coordinate an event to entertain everyone on campus," Arlington sophomore Nhu Le said.

Liu, author of The Accidental Asian and Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Towards Our Purpose in Life, will discuss the educational values of diversity. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, Liu has been a speech writer for former President Bill Clinton and a commentator for MSNBC. He is a contributor to Slate, an online magazine, and he has also written for The Washington Post Magazine and USA Weekend.

"Liu's topic has implications for both AsianFest and the student body," Houston junior Elaine Yeung said. "As an organization, ASA has always strived to promote diversity and I believe Liu holds an important message for all of us."

In addition to Liu's speech, the ASA banquet will feature student performances, dinner and an awards presentation.

Tickets are available in the Bill Daniel Student Center and cost $8 for members, $10 for students and $15 for others.