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East Asian festival at UA to feature events, educational opportunities, live performances, more


The East Asian Language and Cultural Festival will be held on the University of Arizona Mall on Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature student group performances, educational opportunities and more. (Courtesy Alice Yu)

Are you interested in East Asian culture such as Chinese Calligraphy, Japanese origami or Korean dance? Well, the Department of East Asian Studies, the Center for East Asian Studies and the Center for Buddhist Studies will be hosting a festival on the University of Arizona Mall Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

There will be many events and activities for every student to enjoy. For example, there will be a live musical performance by Purple Bamboo Ensemble, who are a part of the Asian Music Club at the UA. 

There will also be a Chinese tea ceremony, a Tai-Chi performance, Chinese calligraphy and a K-pop dancing performance by UnderSkore, a group involved in the university’s dance club. In addition, there will be a costume play with music and students can even join in to learn how to do Japanese origami. 

All of these events and performances will be presented by UA students, faculty and staff. 

The purpose for this event is not only to shine a light on East Asian culture but to also inform students who are interested about this topic. There will be information on study abroad opportunities in East Asian countries with many guidelines and advice on how you can participate in these study abroad programs. 

The faculty from the Department of East Asian Studies will be there for students who are interested in language and courses offered at the university. Questions on how to declare your major or minor with EAS and information on future job prospects for EAS majors will also be answered by the faculty on the mall. 

Alice Yu, associate director for East Asian studies, advertised the festival and explained the many opportunities that will be there.

“How do you obtain a particular advantage working in an increasingly globalized world? How [do you] equip yourself with essential skills to work in the East Asian region? How can you get a better understanding of the rich cultures and languages of East Asia? Come and find out at the East Asian Language and Cultural Festival,” Yu said.

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