by EMMA GABBERT, CSU Public Relations Assistant
Ten countries from across Asia will be featured at this year’s Asian Night hosted by the Kearney Center for International Students and the International Student Association i
The festival will be Saturday, Nov. 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The beginning of the festival will be in the Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge where food from various Asian countries will be served.
The evening’s program will be at 6 p.m. in the CSU Ballroom with studenta performers from eight different recognized student organizations (RSOs) providing cultural entertainment.
Stephanie Gonzalez, the Assistant Director for the Kearney Center for International Student Services shares why students should consider emerging themselves into international festivals and events.
‘The focus of the International Center is to promote diversity and inclusion. These events can help us learn about different cultures and countries people otherwise wouldn’t know anything about.‘– Stephanie Gonzalez, the Assistant Director for the Kearney International Center
Currently about 1300 international students from more than 90 different countries attend Minnesota State University, Mankato.
“These opportunities offer the chance for students to experience and appreciate cultures other than their own,” Gonzalez said.
Kearney International Center hosts two cultural events – one single country and one continent – each semester called “signature nights.” This semester’s signature nights were Japan Night and Asian night. Next semester, signature nights will be Sri Lanka and Africa.
Tickets are currently being sold online. They cost $10 with a complimentary meal that includes a wide variety of cuisine from several Asian cultures. You may also buy tickets at the door.
As with most events hosted by the international center, the festival is open to all students and the surrounding Mankato community. Tickets are still available and can be obtained in the link below.