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Kaleidoscope of cultures

The East Kentwood High School Asian Student Union recently showcased the kaleidoscope of Asian cultures during its first Asian Festival.

Chinese dragons performed (courtesy photo)

The night of festivities planned by students, included ethnic foods, dances and games. 

The Asian Student Union is a club at East Kentwood High School whose purpose is to educate the community about Asian cultures and celebrating their accomplishments.

“In a community riddled with hundreds of cultures, languages and ethnicities, it is of paramount importance that the community understands their stories,” said Thang Lian, a student officer in the club. “The Asian Festival took inspiration from streets lit by hundreds of lights, food stands littered about, and the general familial, laughter-infested atmosphere of the giant Asian cities.”

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio or email Erin.

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