In early February, the ASEAN Student Association put on the first ever ASEAN Night showcasing the different cultures of the ASEAN countries. There are 10 countries in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. I am from Vietnam and so I was excited to see what they would do to represent my country. I was a little disappointed, however, because there was no performance for Vietnam, but that was made up with the other performances from the other countries. Not only were there performances, there were also facts and fun trivia that helped the audience to learn more about ASEAN countries. The most surprising fact I learned that day had to do with Thailand. I knew that the capital was Bangkok, but I didn’t know that the official name was Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. Try saying that five times fast!
Of the performances, I enjoyed the Philippines the best. The dancers were jumping back and forth while other team pounded the sticks on the ground. Although all the there dances take lots of practice, I feel like this performance took more because of the coordination of sticks and rhythm between the performers.
Overall I really enjoyed ASEAN Night and I hope to attend the next one and see how much the Student Association grows!