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Cultural Festivals this weekend

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Events feature Chinese, Karen cultures

Chinese and Karen cultures are the focus of this weekend’s Cultural Festivals.

China Night is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom. Karen Cultural Day will be held from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Atwood Memorial Center Cascade Room.

Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus and $1.50 per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp.

Karen Cultural Day is a new event that will feature food, music and entertainment from Karen culture. The Karen people are from Myanmar, and the theme for the event is “The Journey of the Unknown Culture,” said Eh Ta Taw, president of the Karen Student United Association.

The organization formed last year and now has about 15 members.

“This is our very first event, and we would like to share our cultural with the school and community here,” Taw said. “We are hoping people learn about our Karen people’s culture, history and journey — that started in Myanmar to the United States — through performance, music and skit.”

Admission to Karen Cultural Day is free, and tickets are not needed.

China Night will feature a Lion dance, a traditional Chinese dance, a fashion show and Chinese food cooked by students from the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, who are hosting the event.

The Chinese students and scholars are hoping their event will help introduce more people to Chinese culture and real Chinese food and encourage them to meet the Chinese students in attendance, said Dejian Tao, Chinese Students and Scholars Association president.

The association is made up of 250 Chinese students and professors.

“Our mission is to promote unity and understanding among Chinese students, scholars and everyone who has interests in Chinese culture,” Tao said. “We provide services to Chinese members so as to help them adapt to American society. We also introduce Chinese culture to the community and to broaden their perspectives of China.”

The cost to attend China Night is $5 for students, $8 for non-students and free for children younger than 12.

Tickets for China Night will be on sale most weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Atwood Memorial Center or available at the door.

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