AUAP students bring Japan to EWU


Photo by Melanie Flint

Kyoko Kageyama teaches students how to paint Japanese letters.

By Rosie Perry, Staff Writer

On Nov. 23 the Asia University America Program (AUAP) celebrated culture night in Streeter Hall.

“The purpose of culture night is to expose EWU students to another culture, as well as educate them about other countries,” Director of AUAP Kristina Guilfoyle said. “It’s an opportunity for AUAP students to bring Japan to EWU and to also invite other international groups around campus to do the same with their cultures.”

The event has been going on for two years at EWU and occurs once per quarter.

Guilfoyle said the goal for this quarter’s event was to bring diversity to campus as well as give AUAP students a chance to branch out and meet new people.

Beginning at 5 p.m., the night started with a social during which AUAP students introduced themselves to guests and served karaage, which is Japanese-style fried chicken. The chicken seemed to be quite popular as guests were eating it faster than students were bringing it out.

At 6 p.m. a group of AUAP students who have formed a band played Japanese music for the attendees.


Immediately following the band another group of students danced a Japanese dance.

Overall the night was a success according to Guilfoyle. “My favorite part of the event was really seeing how incredibly happy our AUAP students are when people come to support them. They generally want to meet new people and make new friends, and I think they are always surprised when people take an interest in their culture,” she said.