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Asian Allure celebrates diversity

Justin Tardiff | Monday, November 24, 2003

Performers danced, sang and stepped at Saturday’s Asian Allure performance.

The Asian-American Association, in conjunction with various multicultural clubs around campus, presented its Asian Allure show, “Accents,” at the Century Center.

A variety of student groups took part in the production, a celebration of Asian culture and dance as well as a salute to diversity on Notre Dame’s campus.

“This year we had a lot of new things,” said Athena Kwey, the show’s executive producer.

“It was our first time off campus and the first time we had student designs [in the fashion show]. We also had a lot of new clubs participating, so in a lot of ways it was groundbreaking.”

The 700-seat Century Center theatre sold out Tuesday for the highly anticipated show, despite the fact that the show was moved off campus this year.

Kwey cited transportation, time and location of the dress rehearsal and learning a new technical system as major concerns.

“We did encounter some difficulties because we were off campus,” she said. “It took us a while to get used to it, but it was worth it in the end.”

The audience warmly received the show’s emcees, Richie Dang and Soohan Park. The duo also emceed the show two years ago.

The Hawaii and Guam Clubs presented “Island Fiesta,” which including traditional island dances, such as the hula. The Filipino-American Student Organization demonstrated Tinikling, a national dance of the Philippines.

The Japan Club presented a combination of several dances, featuring samurai, girls in traditional kimono garb and male club members in schoolgirl costumes. After the humorous act, the Vietnamese Student Association presented a video they had made called “Floating to Freedom: The Story of the Vietnamese Boat People.”

The Korean Student Association performed a traditional fan dance and “K-pop,” a Korean dance accompanied by music. The Chinese Culture Society then presented a ribbon dance. The Asian International Society gave a dramatic rendition of the traditional “Tale of the Butterfly Lovers,” and the India-Pakistan Association performed the traditional Punjabi dance bhangra.

There were also performances by the dance groups Troop ND and the First-Class Steppers.

“All the acts were really great,” Kwey said. “They were so well-prepared – people have been practicing since the beginning of the year – and one thing that is unique from past years is that clubs tried to do something different than they had before.”