Multicultural Weeks are very popular events at APU. During eachweek, you can get a taste of the culture of a certain country or region,including its music, traditional costumes, sports, dances, and language.
Multicultural Weeks are held throughout the year, and in AY2019, theywere held for 11 different countries and regions.
Each week starts with a parade on Monday, followed by a music night and a sports day. On Friday, the finale is a performance called theGrand Show, which takes place in Millennium Hall. The planning and operation of Multicultural Weeks is handled entirely by students. By performing a range of duties every day, the students work on the skillsthey need to run the events while getting to interact with each other. In the meetings, you will see many international and domestic students freely exchanging their opinions regardless of where they are from.
In total, more than 1,250 students participated in the various Multicultural Weeks. Don't miss your chance to join and learn new skills!
Multicultural Week schedule in AY2023
Monday, April 10 - Friday, April 14 Myanmar Week
Monday, June 12 - Friday, June 16 Thai Week
Monday, June 19 Friday, June 23 Bangladesh Week
Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30 Vietnam Week
Monday, July 3 - Friday, July 7 Oceania Week
Monday, July 10 - Friday July 14 Chinese Week
Monday, October 9 - Friday, October 13 Nepali Week
Monday, October 16 - Friday, October 20 Taiwan Week
Monday, October 23 - Friday, October 27 Korean Week
Monday, October 30 - Friday, November 3 Mongol Week
Monday, November 6 - Friday, November 10 India Week
Monday, December 4 - Friday, December 8 Indonesian Week
Did you know that Indonesia is made up of 13,466 islands? Kawano-san, staff of the Student Office's Extracurricular Activities Team that oversees APU Multicultural Weeks, recalls being told by a student on the Indonesian Week Organizing Committee that there is actually a bit of controversy surrounding this number. This figure comes from a study by Indonesia's Geo-spatial Information Agency but is a few thousand off past estimates of over 17,000 islands. We're intrigued! Kawano-san said he felt as though he was experiencing Indonesian Week all over again when he visited the local markets and festivals in Bali last year which shows the hard work our students put into their events and their desire to recreate their culture as authentically as possible. 🌳🐒If you plan on visiting a country with a Multicultural Week here at APU, it might be worth taking part in some events to get a better idea of the culture before you go. It's especially interesting to see how Indonesia's geography has shaped its culture and religion and we urge you to go on over to Indonesian Week's Facebook page to learn more its amazing cultural diversity. 🧚🏼♂️🧚🏼♀️
It goes without saying that China is a fascinating country rich in history and culture.
Chinese food is thought to be one of the three grand cuisines in the world, however, did you know that the flavors and style of Chinese regional cuisine are completely different? China is so much more than food though! 🍀
There are the traditional clothing, traditional instruments like the erhu, and the many dances such as the famous lion dance for you to explore. One of the things that is truly amazing about Chinese Week is that the members always unearth new layers of Chinese culture to introduce to the APU community each year.We know the Chinese Week members would love it if you would head on over to their social media accounts 💻✨where you will be able to get an idea of what past Chinese Weeks were like and get details on what they're planning for this year!
Have you ever tried Vietnamese coffee? ☕️Vietnamese coffee uses a French drip filter called a phin. It produces a strong cup of brew that the majority of people sweeten with either milk or condensed milk. There have been Vietnamese coffee tasting events at past Vietnamese Weeks which is a great chance for a coffee break coupled with the opportunity to learn a little about the long-lasting impact French culture has had on Vietnam's culture and cuisine. Chinese and French influence can be found in the architecture of many buildings in Vietnam which serve as silent testaments to Vietnam's fascinating history and culture.
We aren't able to sum up all the wonders of Vietnam in a short post, so we invite you to go directly to the source, Vietnamese Week's Facebook page, and see for yourself!
What comes to mind when you think of Thailand? There are probably many who associate Thailand with gleaming temples awash in gold. 🌕Traditional Thai clothing is equally eye-catching for the rich color and luster of the Thai silk used to make them. Past Thai Weeks have featured an event where you could try on traditional Thai dress. ❣️Japan is also known for its silk, but according to Thai students, Thai silk threads are generally thicker which makes it easier for them to catch the light and gives the clothing its distinct shimmer. You'll know it's Thai Week when you see a noticeable increase in the number of people on campus wearing Thai fisherman pants! Last but not least, the FOOD! 😋🍽The cafeteria's Thai curry is a long-standing student favorite.
We hope we've piqued your interest in Thailand and encourage you to go right from here to Thai Week's Facebook page to discover more!
I've learned a lot about Sri Lanka, an island nation located in the Indian Ocean, from APU's Sri Lankan students. One interesting fact is that Sri Lanka is roughly 1.8 times the size of Kyushu, but only 1.4 times longer north to south. When I think of Sri Lanka, Ceylon ☕️ ✨ immediately comes to mind. According to Sri Lankan students, the flavor of the tea leaves supposedly differ depending on the elevation at which they're grown. 💁💁♂️
It's the chance to open yourself up ⬆️and learn little things like these that make Multicultural Week such a hit with our students.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to immerse yourself in another country's culture for a week and definitely try the special cuisine on hand. I tried the Ceylon tea (which was excellent!❤️) and there is always a huge cafeteria line for the Sri Lankan curry🍛✨. Get a head start and familiarize yourself with Sri Lankan Week by checking out their Facebook page! 💻👏
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