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Boom Boom Pau Celebrates Asia’s Heritage

The 2010 AsiaFest, Boom Boom PAU, exhibited the talents of many of the Asian cultural and ethnic groups at Georgetown in Gaston Hall on Saturday night.

The event was designed to showcase the groups representing the entire Asian continent, highlighted by the acronym PAU, representing Pan-Asian Unity.

Jennifer Ju (SFS `10), one of the coordinators for AsiaFest, said, “We really tried to emphasize the cultural elements of Asiafest this year. From the very initial planning stages, we told the different Asian organizations and other groups that wanted to audition that their act must be cultural, and we really stuck to that standard.”

The event was MCed by Awaaz, a group described as “Georgetown’s unofficial Asian acting group” by Anupam Chakravarty (SFS’10). The group performed skits between performances, introducing the new acts while maintaining the theme of the show, according to Chakravarty.

Chakravarty compared the event favorably to its incarnations in years past, saying “I thought it had a lot more energy than it had in the past. It’s always a great show . but the coordinators did a great job of varying up the program this year.”

This year, there was a greater variety in the performances in the show. Jason Chan (MSB ’12), who sang in two performances, noted that the show emphasized Asian culture, as demonstrated by his performance of both a Chinese song and a Korean song.

“In terms of performances, diversity increased,” Chan said about the event.

Chakravarty also claimed that the pace was much improved over years past, declaring that the show moved pretty seamlessly.” Chakravarty suggested that the audience was more involved in the show than in previous years.

In addition to AWAAZ, other groups performing included Club Filipino, Chinese Student Association, Hawaii Club and Hoya Break Squad. There was also a fashion show by the Vietnamese Student Association.

“I was really impressed with everyone’s talents,” audience member Kat Koser (SFS ’12) said.

The event attracted a good-sized crowd, according to Chakravarty.

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