Hillel president Sharon Edelman sits at her table ready to tell guests about her organization. WHITNEY WALMER/ THE SNAPPER
Arts & Cultures Editor
The Asian Student Inclusivity Association (ASIA) hosted its first Night Market in the Reighard Multi-Purpose Room on Tuesday from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
The Night Market provided a cultural experience through the resemblance of an Asian Market but with a Millersville twist in collaborating with six other organizations to bring culture and festivities to you free of cost. Visitors at the event were given tickets to use as a form of currency to shop for what they desired.
Tables were lined with different types of food, beverages, activities and information about the different organizations. While providing an element of their cultural organization, they were able to showcase and provide information about what is offered. Some activities offered were making origami demonstrated by ASIA, Henna painting by Refugees and Immigrants Devoted to Growth and Excellence (RIDGE), baked goods and martial arts demonstrations from MU Mixed Martial Arts, and others. Among the other festivities, students were also able to express their passions as two student run businesses, Eats and The Morphing Elegance, and two student DJs, TYCHI and FROSTBTYT3, did not go unnoticed.
Lia Toigo, a senior at Millersville University and founder of ASIA, strives to create awareness of Asian culture and continue to have events turn out as great as the Night Market did, with attendance of 220 students.
“We want to create awareness around different perspectives and cultures so people may not know about them,” says Toigo. As she graduates in December of this year, she hopes for ASIA to continue and bring more members, regardless of if they are Asian or not.
Since the start of ASIA in fall of 2019, the hosting of events has not only given students the opportunity to learn more about culture and have fun, but also their hard work has rewarded them with the Organizational Diversity Inclusion Program of the year in the past.
Overall, the Night Market was a great way for students to become familiarized with not only ASIA, but other organizations that are offered on campus at Millersville University. With other events taking place around campus, for further information on events hosted by ASIA and other organizations, check out https://getinvolved.millersville.edu.