For over three decades, Journey Into Asia has given students the opportunity to share their culture through dance, poetry, spoken word and songs. On Sunday, the event returns with this year's theme: “Kaleidoscope.”
Hosted by the Asian American Students Association each year, this event showcases Asian and Asian American students’ cultural diversity and creativity within the community.
Gaomomee Yang, a junior and co-cultural chair of AASA, said the theme for this year was chosen to represent the inclusiveness and identity of Asian Americans.
“If you think about it, the Asian American community and ethnic minority groups come together and assemble,” she said. “And we’re so diverse and just as beautiful as the image that a kaleidoscope creates.”
Yang said that Journey Into Asia is different from other cultural events on campus because it allows students and clubs from a variety of backgrounds to participate.
“JIA focuses on more than just one culture specifically," she said. “We invite South Asian, Southeast Asian and East Asian organizations and performers to come out and perform.”
Held in the Carolina Union's Great Hall, Yang said they are expecting close to 600 people to be in attendance.
Kathleen Chau, a junior and co-cultural chair of UNC AASA, said the event will feature nine performance groups from UNC and one from Duke. The showcase will also include a special performance from Filipino singer Rocco.
Yang said she is proud that the club could have Rocco perform at the event as he is popular within the Asian American community.