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AsianFest Culture Show and Banquet

AsianFest 2013

The purpose of AsianFest is to promote Asian cultural awareness on Baylor's campus. The Culture Show showcases various student organizations through different performances ranging from modern to traditional acts as seen through dance, music, and fashion. A scholarship pageant, Miss AsianFest, also takes place at the Culture Show, featuring representatives from various Asian student groups.

AsianFest Banquet is the night after the culture show. Food is served to all guests and will feature a prominent member of the Asian community as the keynote speaker in order to help promote cultural awareness as well as to discuss the position of Asian-Americans in today's society. The winner of the Miss AsianFest pageant will also be announced at the banquet.

Christine Ha

Christine Ha

This year's keynote speaker is Christine Ha. Christine is the first ever blind contestant and season 3 winner of the competitive amateur cooking show, "MasterChef" USA, on FOX with Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, and Joe Bastianich. She defeated over 30,000 home cooks across America to secure the coveted MasterChef title, a $250,000 cash prize, and a cookbook deal.

Christine also has a Master of Fine Arts from University of Houston's nationally acclaimed Creative Writing Program. During her time there, she served as Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. She is currently working on a memoir.

Christine's first cookbook, Recipes From My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food from the Winner of Master-Chef Season 3 on FOX (Rodale, 2013), became a New York Times best seller. Since winning, she has made a guest ap-pearance on the inaugural season of "MasterChef" Vietnam and travels around the globe to give inspiring keynote ad-dresses. Christine lives in Houston, Texas, and plans to open establishments both locally and elsewhere.

For more information on the AsianFest Culture Show or Banquet, please contact Kelley Kimple, Assistant Director for Multicultural Affairs.