Asian Cultural Celebration

Asian Cultural Celebration 2019

October 27 – November 2

Hidden Gems of the East

When many in the Western World think of Asia, their minds immediately jump to the “Big Three” of the Far East: China, Japan and Korea. However, these three countries are but a few in a diverse geo-cultural sea – one that is brimming with exotic regions and rich cultures which transcend national boundaries. Join the Asian Student Association, in collaboration with the James Farmer Multicultural Center, as we explore some of Asia’s hidden gems through film, food, performances, and activities, all culminating in the annual Taste of Asia event.

Asian Cultural Celebration Keynote Performer: Prem Raja Mahat
Man with mustache and patterned hat smilingSunday, October 27 | 4 pm | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Prem Raja Mahat is a Nepal folk legend. “In his home country of Nepal, Prem Raja is one of the most popular singers,” NPR’s Steve Inskeep said of the multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. “Think of him as Bob Dylan of Kathmandu…or Elvis of the Himalayas.” The honorary counsel general of Nepal to American, Mahat previously headlined the Virginia Reaches Out earthquake benefit in Fredericksburg to support the victims of the April 2015 Nepal earthquake. He and his wife own the Nepal House restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland.

Visualizing Marginalized Histories of Women in Contemporary Asian Art
Monday, October 28 | 6:00 pm | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Entwined with the political history of East and Southeast Asia during and after WW2 are women whose histories have been often ignored or marginalized for contradicting conventional values of marriage and family and the messages of political regimes. Exposing the silenced histories of women in a society with deep roots in traditional Confucian ethics is possible if we follow Chandra Talpade Mohanty and focus on accounts of women in daily life, in fluid historical conjunctions, in latent opposition to collectivism. This talk examines how a set of contemporary artists epitomize the intersection of personal and collective histories of Asian women in the current contexts in their artwork and orchestrate contemporaneous conversations on Asian women waging against militarism, patriarchy, and nationalism.

Asian Cultural Dinner
Tuesday, October 29 | 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.

Game Night

Tuesday, October 29 | 7 pm | Chandler Ballroom

In the Asian community, there are several ways families and friends bond. One way is through exciting, action-packed game shows!  Members of ASA will host a game night modelled after the Chinese game show, Running Man! There will be team bonding, prizes, and refreshments. Come on down to have silly fun with the Asian Student Association.

Movie Night: Dhoom (2004)

Wednesday, October 30 | 7:00 pm | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

A mysterious gang of bikers are on a robbing spree. ACP Jai gets Ali, a mechanic, to assist him in the case. With the clock ticking, it’s up to them to nab the thieves red handed.

Karaoke Night

Thursday, Oct. 31 | 7 pm | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Always wanted to sing “A Whole New World” with your roommate? Bring out the inner performer in you at Karaoke Night! All groups and members of the UMW community are welcome to join the party. Since it is Halloween, we encourage you to show up in costume! (This is not required.) To reserve a group table, please contact the Asian Student Association at

Taste of Asia

Saturday, Nov. 2 | 4 pm | Chandler Ballroom, University Center

Sponsored by the Asian Student Association.

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

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, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or visit our webpage at