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Drake students to celebrate Malaysian culture, cuisine

Drake University’s Malaysian Students Association (MASA) festival on Saturday, March 27, will feature an evening of Malaysian culture, dance, music and cuisine, as well as a fundraiser for the United Children’s Fund.

Malaysian Night, which is open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Parents Hall in Olmsted Center at 2875 University Ave.

Tickets are available now through Friday in the Olmsted Breezeway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $12 per ticket with a Drake ID and $15 at the door or without a Drake ID. All proceeds will be donated to the United Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The celebration will showcase the unique cultures of the groups that make up Malaysia, a country in Southeast Asia. Those groups include: Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous groups — Iban, Kadazan, Dayak and Bidayuh.

Malaysian students have prepared various performances to recognize the different cultures in Malaysia. Entertainment will include Kadazan, Malay, Chinese and Indian dances, as well as Malaysian music.

In addition to these performances, Malaysian cuisine will be available for guests.

“We are so happy to share our culture with everyone,” said Asila Amiruddin, a Drake student and member of the MASA Night Committee. “This is definitely one way to experience something different and, at the same time, help a good cause.”

Since 2008, Malaysia has been running a campaign called “1Malaysia” to promote national unity. This year’s MASA Night celebrates the success of the “1Malaysia” initiative in emphasizing values of perseverance, acceptance, education, integrity, meritocracy, humility, loyalty and a culture of excellence.

For more information, contact Joshan Sharmugam, the chairperson of the MASA Night 2010, at joshan.sharmugam@drake.edu.