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Exciting times at the Asian American and Pacific Islander Celebration

05.29.2019 | By: Lindsay Trammell

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This year, our international education program hosted the first annual celebration. Students from Asia and the Pacific Islands shared their culture with the Ramily through food, games, and traditional clothing.

Dr. Shengxiong Wu opened the celebration with a speech on the differences between his culture’s behavior versus what it is like in the other countries that he has lived in. Students, faculty and staff all enjoyed experiencing the different countries and their culture as they moved from table to table at Lou’s Place. Countries such as Japan had an array of sushi, drinks and a fun photo booth where participants could dress in different kimonos. Others, such as India, shared their favorite traditional night-time snack and all were open to conversation about what they loved about their home country.

Thank you to the following students who participated this year:

  • Representing China: Huan Yang and Siying Liang.
  • Representing India: Anahita Keer, Parekh Thrupti, Jaymin Prajapati, Gurjant Singh, and Suvaikkumar Patel.
  • Representing Japan: Kanji Mori.
  • Representing Mongolia: Odgerel Zolzaya and Bat-Orgil Bolorchuluun.
  • Representing Nepal: Manoj Khanal.
  • Representing Vietnam: Phuc Vu.

Another big thank you to Norma Vallejo, Wei Sun and student workers Hasibullah Aimaq and Matheus Macedo, as well as the other students who assisted in the event.

If you would like to represent your country next year, please email Normal Vallejo at nvallejo@txwes.edu or Wei Sun at wsun@txwes.edu.

This event was planned as part of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan.

Students, staff, and faculty move around Lou's Place to try delicious food prepared by our students to celebrate Asian Pacific and Islander American Heritage Month.  Students from Japan shared their culture and food to the Ramily at this year's Asian Pacific and Islander American Heritage Month Celebration Month.

A Display of Korea at the Asian Pacific and Islander American Heritage Month Celebration created by our students longing for home.  Students from Vietnam shared food and games from their culture. Many enjoyed the different games and delicious food.

Students, staff, and faculty move around Lou's Place to discover delicious food and experience different cultures at this year's Asian Pacific and Islander American Heritage Month celebration.

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