Chinese American Student Union celebrates growth
Jackie Boulavong was president of the Chinese American Student Union for three years, and said she remembers the revival of the group during her sophomore year.
The Chinese American Student Union, previously known as the Chinese Culture Appreciation group, had changed their name to target a broader range of Towson students, Boulavong said.
Looking back, Boulavong said she is impressed by the group’s radical growth, and is excited by the enthusiasm of the current members.
“The group has grown a lot since my sophomore year,” Boulavong said. “The majority of the group isn’t Chinese or even Chinese American, but they are interested in learning more about Chinese culture.”
The Chinese American Student Union celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival, which marks the middle of the eighth month of the lunar calendar Friday, Sept. 28. This tradition, which is over three thousand years old, became a Chinese public holiday in 2006, and is a celebration of cultural heritage for the Chinese as well as Chinese-Americans in the United States.
The Chinese American Student Union served a traditional dinner to the attendees of the celebration, and entertained them a lively Chinese line dance. The association’s current president, junior Isis Wang, coordinated the eventWang said that today the Chinese American Student Union stands for unity.
“CASU is founded upon the common interest of learning and sharing our experiences with the Chinese and Chinese-American cultures. We cover a wide variety of topics, including history, martial arts and holidays such as the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese New Year.”
Wang became involved with the Chinese American Student Union when it was still the Chinese Culture Appreciation group, after meeting Boulavong at the 2010 involvement fair.
Through the Student Government Association, the Chinese American Student Union hosts events at least once a semester that are open to all of Towson’s students. The Chinese American Student Union meets every Wednesday, from 5 to 7 p.m., in University Union’s conference room 305, and is followed by an hour study session.