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Brandeis University's Community Newspaper — Waltham, Mass.

Pan Asia event is a success

Published: October 5, 2007
Section: Arts, Etc.

The Brandeis Asian-American Student Association (BAASA) hosted the annual Pan-Asia night on Wednesday at the Intercultural Center to expose the Brandeis community to the various foods from Asian cultures.

Over the years, Pan-Asia night has become increasingly popular, and this year was no exception with the line for the food stretching out of the Intercultural Center.

A popular event at Brandeis, Pan-Asia night is also a symbol of cooperation between campus clubs. The BAASA, Brandeis Chinese Cultural Connection, Japanese Student Association, Korean Student Association and the Southeast Asia Club (SEAC) all contributed food to this event.

While some students left without getting any food, others had the patience to wait in the long line for their helping of the various Asian dishes, including rice, kimchis and scallion pancakes. Even though some items disappeared early, such as the scallion pancakes, everyone seemed to be satisfied.

Behind-the-scenes, the kitchen was bustling, with around a dozen people in the process of cutting, stirring, frying and of course eating. Asking for recipes, students fell easily into conversation.

However the night was not solely focused on community- building. Students from the SEAC were also there to collect petitions to gather support for the pro-democratic protesters in Burma.