Asian Student Association Hosts Asian Expo 2022 – The Villanovan

After a thrilling win for the Wildcats at the Wells Fargo Center, there was no better place than the 2022 Asian Student Association (ASA) Expo.

The event took place in the Villanova Room at the Connelly Center on Saturday, February 12. The exhibition is organized by the ASA every year and the theme this year was Pokémon.

Doors opened at 5:30 p.m. and students were greeted with Pokémon decorations. At 6 p.m., everyone was asked to be seated as the performances were about to begin.

MCs Alex Whang and Isaac De Leon kicked things off with some humorous remarks and set the stage for the first performance of VU Minor Problem, one of three co-ed a cappella bands on campus. Minor Problem set the tone for the evening by performing the national anthem and “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5.

The next performance by the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) was a narrative dance divided into three parts. The dance offered insight into three time periods created by COVID-19: past, present and future. As the pandemic interrupted Lunar New Year 2020, the show was a story of resilience, friendship, and adjusting to the new normal of frequent hand washing and wearing masks.

Next, a rendition of the song “Guren-no Yumiya” from the anime series “Attack on Titan” in Japanese by students enrolled in Japanese language classes. The song was accompanied by a brief stage battle. Many students who have chosen to participate in this show have found the experience beneficial for a multitude of reasons.

“Participating in the Asian Expo made me feel better about my Japanese studies, which allowed me to learn more about Japanese culture while immersing myself in other cultures,” said Aaliyah Abdelhadi. . “I was able to share and learn more about the culture of one of my closest friends and better prepare myself to study abroad.”

The next group, The Superlative, lit up the stage with their electrifying choreography, speaking in black and yellow. It’s a multicultural dance group at the University. His movements and music demanded applause and excitement from all onlookers.

In contrast to The Superlative’s high energy, Chinese language lessons then serenaded the crowd with “The Brightest Star in the Night Sky”. The melody was sung in Chinese and was accompanied by a student playing the guitar.

After nearly falling asleep, what better way to wake up than getting hit by a piece of wood by Villanova Club Taekwondo. Not only did the members show off their techniques and board-breaking skills, but they also showed off their dancing skills, adapting their performance to accompany K-pop fan favorites like “Butter,” “Ddu-Du-Ddu -Du” and “Dynamite”. ”

Following Villanova Club Taekwondo’s magical performance, Jeff Wang had several tricks up his sleeve. With a magic show, Wang demonstrated her skills with a Pokémon-themed sleight of hand trick that kept the audience spellbound.

After all these incredible performances, the audience was sure to work up an appetite. Fortunately, an intermission followed during which attendees were able to experience a variety of different cultural foods.

Once the students returned to their seats after intermission, the Pokémon Battleground came to life as people battled it out in a cultural Kahoot.

Performances quickly resumed with a dance by Sigma Psi Zeta, a multicultural Greek organization of Asian interest. He performed a dance to Itzy’s K-pop song “WANNABE.”

Wasting no time, FASA, or the Filipino American Student Association of Villanova, performed a traditional Filipino dance called Tinikling. He brought modern aspects to the dance alongside the traditional use of bamboo sticks.

To wrap up the performances, dance group ASA came out to play, wearing denim jackets and jeans to ignite the crowd with BTS’s “Permission to Dance.”

After giving the audience “permission” to dance, the ASA Expo moved on to a fashion show, in which traditional cultural outfits strutted down the runway, worn by some of the artists or ASA members.

At the end, Whang and De Leon gave the floor to the students to express their comments and questions regarding the exhibition.

Many artists at the expo have expressed their love for this annual event.

“Good friends, good food and lots of fun,” said Catherine Kim, president of the Taekwondo Villanova Club, what she loved most about the ASA Expo.

ASA President Peter Tran took the time at the end of the event to thank all of the wonderful artists and the Board of Directors for putting the event together.

ASA Expo 2022 gave Villanova students the opportunity to experience Asian culture that they may not necessarily be exposed to. This has allowed many fantastic Asian clubs and organizations on campus to show off their talents and appreciation for their culture. There is no doubt that the ASA Expo next year and for years to come will be a must-attend event.

James C. Tibbs