Tenth annual RACE to showcase Asian culture, educate students

November 14, 2017

Eric Friedberg

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    This week, students have the opportunity to learn about diverse cultures at UCCS. The Asian Pacific Islander Student Union will showcase various facets of Asian culture in their annual Raging Asian Culture Event.

    The Raging Asian Cultural Event will take place on Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Berger Hall.

    This year marks the tenth annual RACE; however, this year’s event will be the first time that the APISU will host the event during International Education Week.

    “The purpose of RACE is to showcase and educate the UCCS community about different Asian countries, their cultures and traditions,” said Alexandra Monson, APISU president and a junior finance and accounting double major.

   Activities include presentations from multicultural clubs, tabling and authentic Chinese cuisine, according to Monson. Members of APISU will also share information on various Asian cultures, said sophomore computer science major Helaina Le, treasurer of APISU.

     “In this event, we pick five to seven Asian or Pacific Islander cities or countries, and our members research about each city/country. They find information about the food, activities and history, and we share this information with the campus,” Le said.  

    RACE and International Education Week share the same goal of informing students about diversity on campus. APISU thought that these events might attract more student participation if they worked together, according to Helaina Le, treasurer of APISU and a sophomore computer science major.  

    “We thought that RACE being in the same week as International Education Week would be a great idea to bring awareness to both events and to get as many students to attend as possible to bring about that feeling of campus community,” she said.

    Le believes that RACE is important event for students to attend since it offers the opportunity to learn more about the world.

    “Students should be at this event because it is really interesting to learn about different types of cultures. This is a great experience for both the members of APISU and other students,” she said.

    For more information on APISU, students can find their club on Mountain Lion Connect.