Annual Asian Expo takes stage Saturday

Alessandro Roco

On Saturday, the Asian Students Association will host its annual Asian Expo in the Villanova Room of Connelly Center. Asian Expo is a cultural event that showcases Asian culture through East Asian food, music, dance and fashion.

Some of the more prominent features of Asian Expo include the Filipino folk dance, tinikling, which consists of two people hitting bamboo poles on the ground, then raising them and hitting the poles together in the air to create a rhythm. While the rhythm is created, the dancers jump over and around the poles.

Other featured acts are a Vietnamese fan and hat dance, various works of spoken word and Philanova, a hip-hop dance group.

Also, ASA has invited the South Asian Multicultural Organized Students Association to perform some of the acts performed in the acclaimed Diwali show in November and the Taiko Ensemble from Swarthmore College.

Asian Expo will also feature a Korean drum act and a fashion show.

“We really hope that Asian Expo will give everyone who goes a taste of Asian culture for a night,” ASA President Tim Chiang said. “We’ve worked really hard, and we hope that Saturday is a success.”

ASA will offer free food to those in attendance. At intermission, bubble tea will also be sold.

Proceeds for a raffle will go toward adopting an orphan in Asia.

“To be able to do something like adopt a child in Asia makes us feel great about what we do,” Chiang said.

Doors for Asian Expo open tomorrow at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are currently being sold in Dougherty Hall for $5. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $8.