The Asian Student Association Club (ASA) hosted many cultural events throughout March as part of Asian Heritage Month. To kick off the month, three free Asian movies were shown in the Catamount Room and University Center Theater.
An Asian Comedy called “God of Cookery” was shown on March 9 that tells the story of a celebrity chef who knows nothing about cooking. On March 11 “My Sassy Girl,” a romantic comedy based on a true story of written love letters, was shown in the Multipurpose Room, and on March 18 a martial arts film called “A Man Once Superman” was shown in the UC Theater.
On March 24, the ASA hosted their 3rd Annual Asian Dinner Night in Illusions. Tickets were eight dollars in advance and ten dollars at the door. The food was home prepared by all the members of the club and included homemade beef lo mein, Thai Chicken Curry, Hawaiian Ka Lua Pork, Korean Bul-go-gi (barbeque), Super California Sushi Rolls, Hmong Egg rolls, hopscotch, fruit cake, and white rice. Their aim was to expose the public to “real” Asian food so they could taste the difference between what the public traditionally expected and authentic Asian food they offered. Afterwards, the ASA hosted a hot wing contest. See Vang, the ASA’s president, commented that the night was very successful.
Though March is designated as Asian Heritage Month, the events also went into April. On April 1, on the UC Lawn, Western hosted “A Day of Diversity” which included the 30th Annual International Festival. The ASA set up a booth that featured several Asian dishes and beverages. Hawaii/Thai Bubble Tea, Sweet Coconut Rice with Mango, and Homemade Steam Buns were among some of the things offered.
All of the profits earned from the events went towards a scholarship fund that the ASA hopes to be able to give soon.