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UNT Students Celebrate Cultural Diversity Ahead of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

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In anticipation of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrated annually in May, students at the University of North Texas (UNT) have enthusiastically participated in a series of cultural events. These celebrations serve to recognize and honor the diverse traditions, cultures, and achievements of Asian and Pacific Americans in the United States.

One of the highlights at UNT was the inaugural Songkran Water Festival, organized by Adrian Tam, a master’s student in Communication Studies and president of the UNT International Student Advisory Board. The festival, which is rooted in Thai tradition, marks the Thai New Year and is renowned for its water-themed celebrations, including playful water fights. Participants enjoyed the festivities on the University Union’s South Lawn, engaging in water balloon tosses and drenching each other with hoses, symbolizing purification and new beginnings.

In addition to the Songkran Festival, the Pakistani Student Association hosted a vibrant mock mehndi night at the Gateway Center. The event, led by Aima Akmal, president of the association and a senior studying biology, featured traditional Pakistani music, dance, and food, providing attendees with an immersive experience into Pakistani wedding customs and culture.

Furthermore, the Korean Culture Exchange (KCE) organized a Spring Festival at the Library Mall, drawing attention to Korean culture through educational materials, food samples, and cultural performances. JeannieLyn Ruiz, president of the KCE and a master’s student in library science, emphasized the importance of cultural exchange in fostering a sense of identity and community among students.

These events not only celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Asian and Pacific Americans but also promote cultural understanding and inclusivity within the UNT community. As Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month approaches, these activities highlight the ongoing efforts by UNT students to acknowledge and learn from the diverse backgrounds that enrich their campus.

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