AIESEC Global Village 2014

On April 8th, MaSA took part in the annual Global Village exhibit, held by AIESEC. We were set up in the Illini Union Courtyard Cafe, and got to be near booths of other such nations as Kazakhstan, England, the Philippines and many more. We were supposed to start at 7pm, but setting up in a high traffic area attracted people even while we were setting up. We got to show people about Malaysian cultural and religious diversity, which interested a lot of people. Special mention goes to the boy from England giving ham and cheese sandwiches, explaining the history of the sandwich (the Earl of Sandwich invented it).

But the main show stealer was all the performances. The night began with Gah Rak Mah Dhang, the only Korean Traditional Drum group on campus, and their performance was spectacular! Their traditional drums don't really sound that much different from Japanese Taiko or Chinese drums, but the melody felt uniquely Korean, and it was truly remarkable to experience it up close and personal.

Other performances such as Irish dance, throwback pop, and even a traditional folk dance from a group of old Europeans kept the crowd entertained.

Throughout the night, there we announcements and roll calls. Whenever announcements about AIESEC came up, there was a chorus of "Announcements, announcement, yay announcements. What a way to start the day, more announcements." in a truly hilarious drone. I wish we had a recording of it. The roll calls were the most fun, as the DJ played old school funky tunes that everyone got down to. For that, we do have a video.

All in all, it was an enjoyable night for everyone to learn about each other's cultures, and would definitely hope to be given the chance to participate again next year. Regardless if we have a booth, I hope everyone will attend next year!

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