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APIA Affairs and ISA host Inaugural State of the Union Address

APIA Affairs and ISA host Inaugural State of the Union Address

By: Zachariah Chou Over 50 people filled the Multicultural and Diversity Affairs Multi Purpose Room on the second floor of the J. Wayne Reitz Union Thursday evening for the APIDA Inaugural State of the Union Address. The event was hosted by the Office of Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs and

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Gator Adaa harassed during outdoor dance practice

Gator Adaa harassed during outdoor dance practice

Gator Adaa, a University of Florida Bollywood dance fusion team was harassed during a rehearsal on Oct. 4. Two white men in their 30s, who might have been intoxicated, interrupted a Gator Adaa practice at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. “At first we went along with it, and we’re like ‘yeah,

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Q&A: David So

Q&A: David So

David So is a Korean American YouTuber and comedian who has dabbled in several areas ranging from food to music to film. So spoke at the the University of Florida’s Asian Kaleidoscope Month’s Opening Ceremony. He shared his experiences, but not without cracking a few jokes along the way.  

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A tight knit tessellation: AKM kicks off a night full of performances

A tight knit tessellation: AKM kicks off a night full of performances

How do you define Asian? It’s easy for most people to toss all the presumably squinty-eyed, academically inclined, med-school bound, boba-loving population into one box and call it a day. In the Rion Reitz ballroom Friday night, all labels were thrown out the window. To kick off a month dedicated

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Hijabi

Hijabi

“If you Google ‘Muslim woman,’ there is a pretty distinct image that comes up,” said Rana Abdelhamid, a 22-year-old student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. “It’s of a woman that’s wearing a niqab that’s completely black, which is very uniform and not representative of the diversity and heterogeneity

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Olympian Michelle Kwan comes to UF to campaign for Clinton

Olympian Michelle Kwan comes to UF to campaign for Clinton

Two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan came to speak at UF on Thursday on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign. After Kwan finished her Olympic career as a figure skater, she went back to school to focus on political science and international relations. She is now the surrogate outreach coordinator for

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APIA Affairs hosts Heritage Month at the Hippodrome

APIA Affairs hosts Heritage Month at the Hippodrome

Asian American films, food and performances filled downtown Gainesville on Saturday. The University of Florida’s Office of Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs hosted its annual Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM). The event was from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hippodrome Theatre. The event was a way to celebrate

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PSA hosts 20th annual cultural show

PSA hosts 20th annual cultural show

As the lights dimmed at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, audience members quieted down in their seats, and performers fidgeted nervously behind the curtain. All eyes were on the stage in preparation of the Pakistani Students’ Association’s 20th annual culture show, Celebrations of Pakistan. Set on

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The Gator Nation comes together as one for Pakistan

The Gator Nation comes together as one for Pakistan

“We are so much stronger together than we are apart, and they know that,” Sana Hafeez said to a crowd, faces lit by votive candles in paper Dixie cups. “The best way to honor those lost in these attacks is to stand together as one Gator Nation against hate anywhere

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UF Holi postponed due to weather concerns

UF Holi postponed due to weather concerns

The UF Holi – Festival of Colors 2016, due to happen Saturday at 11 a.m. on Norman Field, has been postponed after thunderstorms were forecast. Anjelika Chatwal and Dhara Patel, UF Holi directors, made the announcement on the Facebook event page on Wednesday evening. The event was rescheduled to next

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