In celebration of Asian Pacific Islander-American month, there was Poetry Slam with the spoken-word poet Asia, who describes himself as “an aspiring novelist, astronaut, oil painter, brain surgeon [and] ninja.” Asia has a style that is all his own.
There are many events on campus through out April put on by Asian Awareness, Union Board and Umbrella Club to celebrate this culture on campus.
Georgiana Inggrid, Jakarta, Indonesia, sophomore, has been working with UnionBoard to bring Asia to Albion.
“Hopefully, he will create awareness of his culture in our campus through his humorous and thought-stimulating poetry,” Inggrid said.
Asian Awareness group member Sandra Myint, Yangon, Burma, sophomore, believes Asia’s poetry is inspiring.
“He has gone through a lot in his life — separation of his parents, diagnosed with testicular cancer and battling with cigarette addiction. Now he has won the APCA Performer of Year award and uses his poetry as an activist tool to help fight poverty in the Philippines,” Myint said.
Students are looking forward to listening to the inspiring style of Asia.
“I think poetry is an interesting form of expression,” said Erik Brink, Ossineke first-year. “I think this event will be cool.”
The event will take place in the KC stacks.
“We are expecting a good turn out to both of these events as Asian Awareness Group really put forth efforts into educating campus with a variety of Asian cultures,” Myint said.