Asian culture to hit Eastern during AHM

Throughout the month of April, Eastern groups such as the Asian American Association, Asian Studies and the Asian Cinema Organization will be hosting a series of films, dances and foods regarding Asian culture.

Starting from 5:30 until 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Casey Room in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union, the Asian American Association will be teaching anyone who attends a language they are interested in. AAA president Ana Nededog said they will be teaching quick easy phrases in Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino

“We will be teaching stuff like ‘Hello, how are you,’” Nededog said.

They will do this every Wednesday until April 16.

AAA will also be sponsoring Asia Night April 12 in the Lumpkin Auditorium. Here students will be treated to traditional Asian foods, Asian dance performances like Gangnam and Gentleman style and an Asian Fashion Show.

Nededog said to make it as big as they envisioned, they had to ask for help from other organizations like GLAM who will provide some of their models for the show.

She added they are making sure it reflects Asian culture accurately.

The annual Holi Celebration will also take place April 25 throughout the campus.

Jinhee Lee, an associate history professor, will be taking anyone interested on trips to the Japan House April 5 in Champaign, the neighborhood of Chinatown in Chicago April 12 and to the Korean War National Museum in Springfield. Students interested should contact Lee.

There will also be a few Asian film viewings to be shown on April 10, 17 and 24 at 5 p.m. in the Lumpkin Auditorium.

“I think since the Asian population is really small (1 percent of Eastern’s population), I think this is good way to broadcast the Asian culture and take interest in it,” Nededog said.

Jarad Jarmon can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]