UNC Pembroke’s contingent of Asian students brought the colorful heritage and popular culture of their native lands to the University.
Naly Yang, left, and Chinese Xing Zhang were mistress and master of ceremonies.
It was the 4th annual Asia Day at UNCP on November 16. Asia Day was celebrated in song, dance and fashion.
UNCP Fulbright Scholar John Labadie was the featured speaker. Dr. Labadie, an art professor and director of the Digital Academy, recently spent a year teaching in Taiwan and another month in India.
“It is a profoundly transformative experience to live and study internationally,” Dr. Labadie said. “The contrast between East and West is really quite remarkable as is how the old is incorporated into the new in these profoundly changing societies.”
Dr. John Bowman, a sociology professor, spoke on his travels to mainland China, a journey which followed the old Silk Road.
“I traveled as part of a faculty development program,” Dr. Bowman said. “In China everything is large and every thing is changing so rapidly.”
From left, Daxin Zhou, Wen Deng and Yuan Wei perform a traditional Chinese dance.
Entertainment included rock ‘n roll by a Chinese foursome who went by the band name The Doomsday. Traditional folk music and dance were featured along with the popular and colorful fashion show.
There were information booths and demonstrations of Chinese crafts and martial arts. Naly Yang, a Hmong native, and Xing Zhang, Chinese Master of Public Administration candidate, were mistress and master of ceremonies respectively.
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Fashion Show Participants