Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



Welcome to Thai Week!


Jul 11, 2011

APU is currently home to students from 81 different countries and regions around the world. "Multicultural Weeks" offer students the opportunity to take the central role in planning a week-long event that puts the spotlight on one of the many nations represented on campus, its language and culture.

The next installment of the AY2011 Multicultural Weeks, “Thai Week”, kicked off on Monday July 11 and will run until Friday July 15. During the week, a number of colourful events will put the spotlight on the unique Thai culture and language.

This year’s Thai Week will feature a range of events including the perennial favorite super-spicy Thai food eating contest, a display of traditional Thai costumes, and vegetable carving. A special range of traditional Vietnamese dishes, including Tom-yum-goong, will also be available at the Cafeteria for a limited time at very reasonable prices.

Held on the final day of the week, the “Grand Show” will follow the famous Thai story of “Tawiphop” and feature a Thai boxing display, a fashion show, and a range of Thai dance performances including both traditional and contemporary. Help prior to the Grand Show, a representative of the Thai Boxing Association in Fukuoka will be giving a live Thai boxing demonstration.

We hope to see you there!

Schedule for Thai Week

Monday, June 27 – Friday, July 1 (10:30-16:00) @ Cafeteria (except Wednesday)
Display of traditional costumes
Vegetable carving display (event goers are welcome to join in)
Make and taste traditional Thai sweets
Traditional Thai musical performance (irregular times)

Monday, July 11. 14:00 – 14:15 @ in front of the fountain
Opening Parade
Participating students will be dancing traditional and modern dance as they parade dresses in traditional Thai costumes

Tuesday, July 12. 13:00 – 15:00 @ Cafeteria
Super-spicy Thai food eating contest & mini concert
Six participants (one representative of each of the spring semester Multicultural Weeks plus the winner of last year’s contest) will face-off for a super-spicy Thai food eating contest. The event will be followed by a mini concert with traditional musical instruments.
NB: This event is not open to the general public

Thursday, July 13. 12:30-15:00 @ Multipurpose Hall (held indoors in the event of rain)
Sports Day
Teams representing each Multicultural Week will face off through seven traditional and popular Thai children’s sports and games.
NB: This event is not open to the general public

Friday, July 15. 18:30-20:30 (doors open at 18:00) @ Millennium Hall
Thai Week Grand Show
NB: this event will also be streamed live on the internet via Ustream* (18:30-20:30)

Participating countries for the Spring Semester 2011 Multicultural Weeks are as follows:
June 6 (Mon) – June 10 (Fri) First installment:     Chinese Week    (finished)
June 13 (Mon) – June 17 (Fri) Second installment:     Vietnamese Week (finished)
June 20 (Mon) – June 24 (Fri) Third installment:     Myanmar Week  (finished)
June 27 (Mon) – July 1 (Fri) Fourth installment:     Korean Week (finished)
July 4 (Mon) – July 8 (Fri) Fifth installment:     Indonesia Week (finished)
July 11 (Mon) – July 15 (Fri) Sixth installment:     Thai Week

NB: Footage of the Grand Show (held on the final day of each week) will be streamed live on the internet via Ustream. Please be sure to tune in and enjoy the colourful performances by APU's multilingual and multicultural students. (More information will be available on the broadcast times for each week as the event approaches).

*Ritsumeikan-APU Ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ritsumeikan-apu

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