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International Culture Night 2012

Posted on Friday March 16, 2012 at 4:42pm in ,

This Tuesday JCS had a big event. Last year around this time, the Malaysian club on campus sponsored an event called Asian Night. This year, more groups got together and gathered outside sponsorship as well. This event they called International Culture Night. In the same spirit as Asian Culture Night, but this time expanding to the rest of the globe. Many clubs participated in giving performances and the sponsors provided the food and venue.

I was the leader of the Japan group as well as a performer (as well as an ICN photographer for the rest of the event). I did get a lot of photos, but because I was also performing I couldn’t get pictures of all of the performances and sadly not my own!) I know that ICN has an official video of the event and I will post it if I can ever get my hands on it – because I think it was very cool! Last year Japan did the Soran Bushi dance, but this year we wanted to do something a little different. So, we went the angle of comedy thinking not many other groups would go that route. We were correct in thinking that – in fact EVERY OTHER group did either a song or dance. I’m glad we didn’t.

Here is what we based our act on:

I think it turned out well but I’ve never really seen us performing it so … I’m curious! Here is an image I made to represent our act:

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I set up a gallery for all of the photos from the event (that I highly recommend checking out). Here are some highlights from the event, though:

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The venue. Two hours before the event and before anyone showed up.

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Some different countries posing for a pre-show picture.

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The first dance was an “American” one featuring several different groups.
They did the Party Rock Anthem Shuffle.

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Captain Seama and Captain Emry. These were the MCs and they were very funny.

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Captain Emry.

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Go Japan! This was right before our performance when I had to set my camera down.

After our skit (which I will post sometime after I get it) there was a two-person dance which was amazing.

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These two were great. I actually found out after the show that they are professional dancers that compete regularly. That explains everything!

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They were representing Vietnam.

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Mongolia.

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Also an impressive dancer.

After intermission there was a fashion show where different groups could demonstrate their native fashion.

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Captain Seama with some models.

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Some more models posing.

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China.

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The second Chinese couple.

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Ethiopia.

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Aya, Kyoko, and Yoshie represented Japan.

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On the right is JT, who also performed with JCS. He is representing the Chinese portion of Malaysia.

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The South Korean couple couldn’t stop smiling.

When the fashion show concluded, the last few acts wrapped up the show.

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China did a breakdance. I’m not sure what breakdancing has to do with China, but it was impressive anyway.

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Bollywood dance from India.

After the last dance, all of the countries rushed the stage holding their own flag or flags of their friends for the flag dance:

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Di of China holds up the Chinese flag.

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Mohamed from Egypt.

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One more from Japan.

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ICN Coordinators. Thanks for inviting us!

I had a really great time and was happy to be able to participate in so many ways this year. I will post back with a video or at least pictures of the Japan performance someday soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out the photo gallery for this event here: [ link ]

UPDATE: I finally got my hands on the video for our skit. You can watch it here: Link

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