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ISA dances the night away: Garba 2017

ISA dances the night away: Garba 2017

600 people attended UF’s Indian Student Association’s celebration of Garba. “We celebrate Garba because it is huge in India, and it celebrates the 9 nights of Navaratri, and it also prepares us for Diwali in late October,” said programming director Krishna Bhakta. The celebration was held on Oct. 13 in

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Q&A: AASU Scholarship Pageant Winners Shreya Nirmalan & Trung Tran Part 2

Q&A: AASU Scholarship Pageant Winners Shreya Nirmalan & Trung Tran Part 2

Read part 1 here. Sparks: How did you decide what you were going to do for the talent portion? SN: I knew that I definitely wanted to dance. I learned a classical Indian dance called bharatanatyam for like ten years before I came to college. When I came to UF,

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Kal Penn discusses career combining politics and acting

Kal Penn discusses career combining politics and acting

Between 450 and 500 people came to hear actor and former White House staffer Kal Penn speak at the Phillips Center on Oct. 11, 2017. Penn was interviewed at the ACCENT-sponsored event by Malcolm Gets, a professor of practice in the School of Theatre and Dance at UF. Penn spoke

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Asian Kaleidoscope Month kicks off 25th year with ‘Epoch’ opening ceremony

Asian Kaleidoscope Month kicks off 25th year with ‘Epoch’ opening ceremony

On Friday, September 29, Asian Kaleidoscope Month started their 2017 celebration off strong with its opening ceremony, held in the J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. What started in 1992 as a week-long celebration has grown to a full month of 13 events. The opening ceremony was a night full

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24th Annual Asian American Student Assembly welcomes UF APIA community

24th Annual Asian American Student Assembly welcomes UF APIA community

Over 1,300 attendants gathered for the 24th annual Asian American Student Assembly, which was hosted in the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. AASA serves as the Fall welcome ceremony for the Asian American community at UF. Co-directed by Stefan Sanguyo and Anndy Nguyen, this year’s theme, Ascend,

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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

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 the Indian Student

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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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