Dancing, Food and Costumes Highlight Western University's Annual Asian Week Celebration

Pomona, CA - 02/15/2001 -- Western University of Health Sciences' Founders Park will become the home of many cultures when students celebrate the annual Asian Week Tuesday through Friday, February 20-23.

More than 100 students will be a part of the celebration, participating by serving up food from different countries, performing in a dance, or appearing in native costume during the Friday fashion show.

Asian Week is a popular event at the health professions university, held every year since the late 1980s. Thirty-five percent of the school's 1,500 students this year are of Asian or Pacific Islander descent. Most of the students who participate in or perform at Asian Week are of Asian descent, but not all - the idea is to include everyone in the celebration, said this year's event organizer, Lisa Ngo, a second-year student in Western University's College of Pharmacy and president of the university's chapter of Asian American Health Profession Student Association.

"Asian Week is a way to educate the school on Asian cultures and to show unity [among the different nationalities]," the 24-year-old Claremont resident said. "Everyone participates, even if it's just to come out to eat or watch the dancing. Everyone at school is very receptive." over

All events during Asian Week take place between noon and 1 p.m.

The celebration begins on Tuesday, February 20, with food from the Philippines served (cost is $4), martial arts moves and a Vietnamese Chopstick Dance demonstrated by students, as well as a professional troupe of dancers performing a Dragon Dance. The university's student chapter of the American Pharmaceutical Association will sell Thai Iced Tea for $1.50.

Activities for Thursday, February 22 (events for Wednesday, February 21, were still being worked out at presstime), include performances by members of the South Asian Student Association of traditional dances from India. Indian food will be sold for $4.

The Asian Week Fashion Show takes place on Friday, February 23, on the staircase in the Health Professions Center, with students showcasing native dress from China, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, India, Thailand and Korea. Vietnamese sandwiches and eggrolls will be sold, as well (cost will probably be $4).

Raffle tickets will be sold for $2 each, with proceeds going to benefit Western University's Asian American Scholarship Fund. Prizes include Dodger season tickets (includes parking); Pacific Asia Museum passes; Richard Nixon Library passes; and others. The grand prize is a 27-inch color television with remote. The drawing will be held at the 18th Annual Asian American Scholarship Dinner March 10. Winners need not be present.

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