Tanabata Festival Volunteers

altOn July 7, four of the American Studies Program students gave a presentation about the Japanese Tanabata Festival to children participating in the Disco Adventure Camp through Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation.  In Japan, Tanabata, or the Star Festival, is held on the evening of July 7.  The festival traces its origins to a legend that the Cowherd Star (Altair) and Weaver Star (Vega), lovers separated by the Milky Way, are allowed to meet just once a year - on the seventh day of the seventh month.    Children and adults write their wishes on narrow strips of colored paper and hang them, along with other paper ornaments, on bamboo branches placed in the backyards or entrances of their homes. They then pray hard that their wishes will come true.

Yasumi told the story of Orihime and Hikoboshi, while Yuka gave campers some background information on the Tanabata Festival.  Takky and Lingjun then taught the campers how to make wishes to hang on the Tanabata tree, and origami.  The campers had a great time.  Thank you to our wonderful volunteers!

To see a photo gallery from this activity, click here.


Asian Club at Oregon State Prison Makes Significant Donation

altThe Asian Club at the Oregon State Penitentiary recently made a significant contribution to the TIU Student Relief Fund which will assist students in Japan who may have been affected by the disaster in March.  Three representatives from TIUA, along with Club Advisor Rosemary Morrison, went to a club meeting to talk about the Fund and accept a check for $1500 from the group.  Barby Dressler, Toru Tanabe, and American Studies Program student Daiki Miyano were invited to come and talk with the club about TIUA and its programs, as well as the Student Relief Fund which was become after a Willamette University alum came up with idea as a way to give back because of his experiences working at TIUA when he was a student and after living in Japan after graduation. 

The Asian Club members were strongly affected by the photos and stories from Japan after the March 11 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear problems.  They wanted to do something, but also wanted a local connection.  Club advisor Morrison knew about the TIU Student Relief Fund and shared that with the group.  They decided that their fundraising efforts would go to that fund.

Funds were raised through a "banana split night" and also through collections solicited from the general prison population.  About 125 inmates contributed that evening

The fund has now reached $4,525 here in Salem.  That money will be added to approximately $6,500 from the TIUA Alumni Association at TIU.  TIUA's goal was $10,000 and TIUA is very pleased to have exceeded that goal.

Click here to see photos from the Asian Club.


ASP Students Volunteer at World Beat Festival

altSalem's multi-cultural festival, World Beat, was held on June 25-26 at Salem's Riverfront Park.  Together with the Japan Cultural Society, many students in the American Studies Program volunteered by working at the JCS booth and by performing Soranbushi and Bon Dances.  World Beat is a two-day celebration of international cultural heritage, 125 performances, 100 vendors and exhibitors, dance, music, theater, kids' activities, and much more.  This was the 14th annual World Beat Festival and Dragon Boat Races.  To see photos from the Festival and the performances, click here.


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