Learn About Asian Culture with ASU!

The Asian Student Union (ASU) is a multicultural student organization focused on connecting those of Asian ethnicity and educating the wider BSU community. “It is one of the friendliest places to learn about international culture,” said President Julie Wong (‘24) (she/they) in an interview. Despite it being open to all students, Wong emphasizes ASU’s inclusion for international students. “I highly recommend it for international students that haven’t found a place at BSU just yet because it is a great place to make friends…and I get to know about their cultures too,” Wong continued. “They speak their languages and it’s beautiful. I feel very inspired.” For Wong, it is very important to educate the campus community about the less acknowledged parts of Asian culture and to ensure that all students feel well-represented.

Attendees of ASU meetings can learn about various topics of Asian culture, including Korean skin care and spooky folklore. “I love the opportunities ASU provides to build a community with all people on campus,” says Secretary Harrison Quintin (he/him). “We encourage everyone to show up to our weekly meetings and great events.”

On November 30, 2023, ASU hosted the highly-anticipated annual Korean Night in the large ballroom in the Rondileau Student Union. This semester’s Korean Night comes following the merging of the Korean Student Association (KOSA) and Asian Student Union into one singular organization. The event was well attended and many participated in the activities that ASU had to offer. The night began with a taekwondo demonstration from the Mu Han Martial Arts Studio. Attendees were in awe of the board breaking and impressive solo demonstrations. The event also offered a chance for students to participate in popular Korean games such as “Hello Cleopatra” while vibing to K-Pop. The night was commemorated with a meal featuring popular Korean foods including kimchi, tteokbokki, and bulgogi. “Food and music are a great way to introduce people to new things. It also helps to show some students that home is no matter where you are, it is what you make of your environment,” Wong shared. 

The Asian Student Union meets Mondays from 5-6 p.m. in the Rondileau Student Union. Those interested can stay connected with the organization by following their Instagram account @asu_bsu. 

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