Asian Cultural Celebration

Asian Cultural Celebration 2021

October 25 – October 30

Behind the Folds: A Paper Crane of Hope

The paper crane is a symbol of hope, strength, and healing during challenging times. Join the Asian Student Association and the James Farmer Multicultural Center to see how our communities are healing from recent and increased incidents of anti-Asian violence, harassment, and xenophobia.  We strive to promote the message of hope as we embody and encourage the values of inclusion, respect, and dignity for all.  We also celebrate culture and traditions through various programs that include educational seminars, entertainment and food.

UMW continues to monitor campus, local, and statewide COVID-19 data and has instituted protocols to protect our campus community.  These protocols include requiring proper mask wearing while indoors, obtaining contact information from event attendees for contact tracing, and requesting that the University be notified of any positive COVID test within 14 days of attending an event at UMW.  The University may also implement additional restrictions if cases increase on campus or in the region including, but not limited to, requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative test, reducing occupancy limits at events, or restricting attendance to UMW community members only.  We encourage you to check our website for updates prior to arriving to campus for a scheduled event.

Asian Cultural Celebration Keynote Performer: Silk Road Dance Company

Sunday, October 24 | 4 pm  |  Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

Person in elaborate teal and purple attire dancing with their scarf flowing around their faceFounded in 1995 by Artistic Director Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray, the award-winning Silk Road Dance Company (SRDC) presents traditional and contemporary women’s dances from Central Asia, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Caucasus. Their pioneering performances offer a unique glimpse of the life and art of little-known cultures, especially the Islamic world. Silk Road Dance Company has performed internationally in Uzbekistan, Qatar, Singapore, Canada, and the UK. Nationally they have performed in 18 states and at some of the most prestigious venues in the Washington DC area, including the White House, the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress. Silk Road Dance Company has performed for Empress Farah Pahlavi and HM Queen Rania of Jordan; SRDC has also been featured at events for fourteen different embassies.  With an impressive repertoire of more than 200 dances, they are often engaged by cultural organizations in the Iranian, Afghan, Turkish, Arab, and Central Asian communities.

Silk Road Dance Company offers programs with depth and breadth reflecting decades of field research and study by Dr. Gray who has received many awards for her lifetime of creative work. Company dancers have also studied and traveled extensively throughout the East.

Silk Road Dance Company enchants audiences with beautiful and inspiring productions. Dressed in breath-taking costumes, the ensemble performs Afghani, Albanian, Algerian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Baluchi, Bollywood, Classical Persian, Crimean Tatar, Egyptian, Georgian, Indian, Iranian, Iraqi, Kazakh, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Montenegrin, Moroccan, Qashqai, Russian Romani (“Gypsy”), Tajik, Turkmen, Uzbek, and Uyghur dances.

Asian Cultural Dinner

Monday, October 25 | 5 pm | Dining at the Top of the UC, University Center

Cost with Campus Meal Plan: 1 meal swipe.  For other prices, please check the Dining website at

Co-sponsored by Campus Dining

Asian cuisine is comprised of several regional cuisines throughout the continent, including East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, etc.  Join the Asian Student Association and Campus Dining for an Asian Cultural Celebration Dinner at the Top of the UC. The menu will feature Filipino, Indian, Malaysian, Vietnamese and Polynesian dishes!  Before you leave, check out the celebration display and receive additional information about upcoming events.

Movie Night: The Farewell

Monday, October 25 | 7:30 pm | Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies. (IMDb)

United: A Discussion on the Asian American Experience and Discrimination

Tuesday, October 26 | 6:30 pm | Colonnade Room, University Center

Join UMW faculty, students, and community members for a discussion on Asian-American history, recent Anti-Asian sentiments, and how the AAPI community can ally with others to make a change.


Karaoke and Game Night

Thursday, October 28 | 7 pm | Underground, Lee Hall

Join us for a fun night of karaoke and games! There will be free prizes and refreshments for all. To reserve a group table, contact the Asian Student Association at

Taste of Asia

Saturday, Oct. 30 | 4 pm | Chandler Ballroom, University Center

Cost information: $3 for UMW students, faculty, and staff; $5 for the general public; or three canned food items

Sponsored by the Asian Student Association.

Taste of Asia is an annual celebration of Asian culture. This popular event provides both entertainment and education, as Asian culture and lifestyle are presented through a fashion show, dance performances, and an array of ethnic foods.


For more information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or  Visit  

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