Asian Kaleidoscope Month press releases, 2010
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Place of Publication: Gainesville, FL
Publication Date: 2011
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CONTACTS: Charlene Manaoat
Event Co-Director
cmanaoat2@gmail.com
786-253-8594


Kristine Straker
Event Co-Director
Kristine.Straker@gmail.com
786-473-0522


Phillip Cheng
Asian Kaleidoscope Month
Executive Director
kaleidoscope.month@gmail.com
863-409-9605


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Oct. 3, 2010


Asian Kaleidoscope Month closing features MTV dance crew


GAINESVILLE-The Asian Arts and Entertainment Festival is bringing dance crew Poreotics, who

competed in season five of America's Best Dance Crew, to the University of Florida. AAEF will also

feature comedian Elliot Chang and singer Clara Chung. The festival will take place on Friday, Nov. 5, at 6

p.m. in the University Auditorium.


This festival marks the closing of a month of special events celebrating the culture, history and

contributions of Asian and Asian Americans. It is free and open to the public.


Charlene Manaoat, one of the event directors, said that the purpose of the event is to highlight

accomplishments that Asian Americans have achieved in the entertainment field.


"I wanted to do this event for the sole purpose of entertaining an audience and showcasing talents that

Asian Americans have," said Manaoat.


With three different entertainment fields-dancing, stand-up and singing-being performed by well-

known names, Manaoat hopes that the audience will enjoy the diversity of talent.


More information regarding the event can be found at http://www.ufakmonth.com/. To find out more

about Poreotics, visit their website at http://poreotix.com/. To find out more about Elliot Chang, visit


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http://www.kenpondonline.com/eliotchang/. To learn more about Clara Chung, visit her website at

http://www.youtube.com/user/ClaraCMusic.





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CONTACTS: Karen Joy Vinluan Marsha Vongjesda Phillip Cheng
Event Co-Director Event Co-Director Asian Kaleidoscope Month
kjoyvinluan@gmail.com mvongjesda91@gmail.com Executive Director
786-547-5119 904-403-4296 kaleidoscope.month@gmail.com
863-409-9605

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Oct. 3, 2010


Asian Food Festival offers free cultural dishes


GAINESVILLE-The Asian Food Festival is one of Asian Kaleidoscope Month's most popular event.

Offering dishes from Asian countries such as China, India, Korea, Philippines and Vietnam, people usually

line up at the door early just to grab a seat. The event, free and open to the public, will take place

Monday, Oct. 25, with the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza of Americas.


The event is also a competition for UF organizations to create the most presentable and delectable

dishes. All attendees will be able to vote for the organization that provides the best main dish, best

dessert, best cultural presentation and best overall dish.


"The purpose of the event is to bring many different communities together through different ethnic

food and flavors," said Karen Joy Vinluan, one of the event directors.


Many of the participating organizations are a part of the UF Asian American Student Union. Marsha

Vongjesda, the other event director, said that this event will "give sub-orgs a chance to come together

and contribute their culture through a universal concept that is food."


Vinluan and Vongjesda both hope that attendees will get a better appreciation of different cultures.


"I'd like them to feel full and happy," Vongjesda said.


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More information regarding the event can be found at http://www.ufakmonth.com/.





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CONTACTS: Cecelia Truong Sue Zheng Phillip Cheng
Event Co-Director Event Co-Director Asian Kaleidoscope Month
ceceliatruong@gmail.com suexy32603@gmail.com Executive Director
561-789-8031 352-226-2243 kaleidoscope.month@gmail.com
863-409-9605

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Sept. 26, 2010


UF AASU's Got Talent features comedian Jen Kwok


GAINESVILLE-AASU's Got Talent is bringing comedian and musician Jen Kwok, whose ukulele stand-up

routine landed her as a finalist in the 2007 NBC's Stand-Up for Diversity. She will be a guest performer in

this talent show that will take place on Monday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the UF Reitz Union Rion

Ballroom.


AASU's Got Talent is an annual event during Asian Kaleidoscope Month and displays a wide range of

talent from the student community. The event is geared toward members of UF's Asian American

Student Union. However, the event is free and open to the public.


The purpose of the talent show is to demonstrate that "Asian America" is multi-faceted and diverse.


"The talent show is meant to break stereotypes of Asian Americans that people have by showcasing the

Asian American community's wide spectrum of talents," said Cecelia Truong, event co-director of

AASU's Got Talent.


The event co-directors hope that the audience will enjoy themselves and be entertained.


Sue Zheng, the other event co-director, said, "I just want them to be impressed and see the Asian

American community in a different light."


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The talent show is also competitive and will be judged on several criteria.


More information regarding the event can be found at http://www.ufakmonth.com/.








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CONTACT: Phillip Cheng
Asian Kaleidoscope Month Executive Director
kaleidoscope.month@gmail.com
863-409-9605


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Sept. 29, 2010


UF Asian Kaleidoscope Month opens with former pro-NFL player

GAINESVILLE- A former pro-NFL player will be speaking on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Reitz Union Grand
Ballroom as a part of the Featured Speaker Series and Asian Kaleidoscope Month's Opening Ceremony.

Speaker Esera Tuaolo will be sharing his stories and experiences about growing up in a single-parent
household and as one of the first NFL players to come out of the closet.

Tuaolo will also be available for autographs and book signing after the presentation.

The Featured Speaker Series is part of the Dean of Students Office New Student Programs and the
Division of Student Affairs. The series brings in speakers who cover areas of college life and touch on
subjects that students will encounter during their college career.

Asian Kaleidoscope Month is an event that begins Oct. 6 and ends on Nov. 5.

Asian Kaleidoscope Month seeks to celebrate the history, culture and contributions of Asians and Asian
Americans in a variety of areas, including the arts and sciences, entertainment, education, politics and
sports.

"It reaches out to different parts of the university so that everyone can enjoy the diversity and culture
of Asians and Asian Americans," said Phillip Cheng, the 2010 Executive Director.

The second half of the opening ceremony will feature spoken word artist Alvin Lau, who has received a
number of national awards and is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation. Lau has been featured on the
Amnesty International's Spoken Word Tour, HBO's Def Poetry Jam and dozens of universities and slam
venues across the country.

More information regarding the event can be found at http://www.ufakmonth.com/.


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CONTACTS: Samantha Caballero Phillip Cheng
Event Director Asian Kaleidoscope Month Executive Director
samcabl4@gmail.com kaleidoscope.month@gmail.com
786-252-6992 863-409-9605


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Oct. 3, 2010

Mr. & Miss AASU Pageant Show features culture and talent


GAINESVILLE-The Mr. & Miss AASU Pageant Show, a traditional event held annually during Asian

Kaleidoscope Month, will occur on Monday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Reitz Union Rion Ballroom.


The show will feature a night of culture, talent and evening wear. The winners of the show will also

represent the Asian American Student Union. The event, however, is not exclusive to members of the

Asian American community.


For many years, the event showcased only the beauty of Asian Americans. These days, however, the

pageant seeks to go beneath the surface.


"Mr. and Miss AASU is not about beauty, but about the person, Asian or not, within," said Samantha

Caballero, event director.


The pageant strives to raise awareness about Asian American culture, as well as find out what being

Asian American means to the contestants.


More information regarding the event can be found at http://www.ufakmonth.com/.





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CONTACTS: Kristine Straker Phillip Cheng
Event Director of Project Hyphen Asian Kaleidoscope Month Executive Director
KStraker@ufl.edu kaleidoscope.month@gmail.com
786-473-0522 863-409-9605


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Sept. 26, 2010


UF Asian Kaleidoscope Month brings Project Runway designer


GAINESVILLE-Asian Kaleidoscope Month 2010 is bringing Filipino designer Jay Nicolas Sario, who

starred in Project Runway Season 7, for a fashion show that will occur on Monday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

in the UF Reitz Union Grand Ballroom.


"Project Hyphen: Asians in Fashion" will also feature designer Crystal Fong from the Fashion Institute of

Technology in New York City. Clothing from Kim Phan's Yumi Kim clothing line will also be modeled on a

catwalk by students.


The purpose of this fashion show is to exhibit designs from prominent Asian American designers in the

fashion industry.


"After years of being neglected by the fashion industry, minorities are finally being recognized for their

innovative contributions to the industry," said Kristine Straker, event director of Project Hyphen. "Thus, I

wanted to highlight some successful Asian American designers that have made a name for

themselves in the fashion industry."


The fashion show is also a way to break stereotypes of Asian Americans.


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"This event shows how diverse the Asian American community is," Straker said. "We are

not only doctors and scientists but also fashion designers and artists."


Straker hopes that the audience who attends will "change their misconceived perception of fashion

as a frivolous pastime but understand it as something that takes a lot of hard work, creativity and

effort."


More information regarding the event can be found at http://www.ufakmonth.com/. You can find out

more information about the special guests through their websites, http://www.iaynicolassario.com/ and

http://www.yumikim.com/.


Press release authored by Alyssa Wang arwang26l@gmail.com




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