The Asian American Association and Campus Entertainment Board hosted the first 865 Night Market March 31 at 8 p.m. They gathered many organizations from UT showcasing different cultures from around the globe.
The 865 Night Market marked the conclusion of Culture Week, ending with a bang. The festival was open to the public to learn about different music while eating their nation’s cuisines.
The Filipino-American Association displayed the Tinikling dance, a traditional folk dance done with long bamboo sticks. A person stands on both sides of a stick, tapping it on the floor and sliding them together. The audience participated in the dance.
Pellissippi Community College student Simmone Smith enjoyed learning a new dance.
“I really liked the different organizations and the different foods,” Smith said.
Many clubs from UT had their own stand offering food and drinks from their culture. The Asian American InterVarsity offered bubble tea and fried rice. The Latin American Student Association offered homemade churros and the German Club sold fresh bratwursts. The Korean Student Association also sold tteokbokki, a spicy rice cake.
During the night, different clubs performed for the audience. Devin Huggins, a member of the German Club, recited a poem called “Der König” by Johann Wolfgang Goethe. The Korean Student Association members performed a dance to K-Pop music. Rap group StudyBreak Cypher also performed.
“I never knew about these kinds of clubs,” UT student Jaime Baizen said.
Baizen was amazed at the number of clubs and organizations centered around different races and diversities.
“I wish we would have more of these festivals,” Baizen said. “Looking around UT, I wouldn’t have thought there was a lot of diversity but seeing stands for countries like Bangladesh and the German club surprised me.”
Images and Audio by Sage Davis
Edited by Lexie Little