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Asian Thanksgiving Celebration!

Given to the student body by the Asian Culture Club

By Kathryn Jackson
On December 4, 2011

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On Wednesday, November 16, 2011, the Asian Culture Club hosted its Thanksgiving Celebration. The celebration took place from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and occurred on the third floor of the University Center. Hector Santiago, a junior physical education major, is the treasurer of the Asian Culture Club (ACC). He explained that the purpose of the party was to show students what the ACC is. "[There are] no stereotypes [with this club]; just family," said Santiago. The club immerses students in the Asian culture. "[We] want to clean up misconceptions [about the club]," Santiago stated.

There are big differences between the eastern and western worlds. The club wants to help students become comfortable with the different East Asian cultures. There are huge differences between Americanized Asian food and authentic Asian cuisine. Santiago mentioned that not only would they have liked to use more food, but that they were also interested in having a guest speaker attend as well. "[We] would like someone who is known for doing something; [someone] with knowledge of Eastern Asian culture."

There were many different foods from Japan, China, and India, as well as many other places. Assorted sushi rolls, gyoza, vegetable and shrimp tempura, Chinese pan-fried dumplings, gulab jamun (an Indian dessert), and Filipino eggrolls were served amongst other Asian dishes. Nicole Gonzalez, a senior English writing major, attended the Thanksgiving event. "I definitely like the food. It's very, very good," Gonzalez said. She did not expect such a big turn out at the event.

There were many students in attendance. Students from various different backgrounds were at the Thanksgiving party hosted by the ACC. A karaoke machine was even brought out, which Gonzalez happened to like very much. "I had fun," Gonzalez said happily as she sat at her table after performing a song.


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