Experience the cultures of the World
Multicultural Week PV
Every year during the spring (May-July) and fall semesters (November-January), APU hosts a series of Multicultural Weeks. During each week the spotlight is put on one of the many countries and regions represented on campus and that country’s culture and language are introduced and celebrated through a range of student-led events and activities.
Between 100 and 150 native and non-native students work together to create each of the Multicultural Weeks. The non-native students work under the guidance of the native students and become ambassadors for the culture in question. This event provides students with an opportunity to learn how to develop respect for others and a greater sense of pride in their own cultures, while allowing them to acquire the kinds of skills that global human resources must have, such as mutual understanding, decision-making skills, initiative and teamwork.
From December 2 until December 6, 2013, the inaugural Oceania Week was held at APU. A delicious array of traditional dishes was available on the cafeteria menu in addition to traditional dance and music performances held throughout the campus and the Grand Show held on the final day of the week.
Footage of the Grand Show was 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.
Bula Vinaka! Malo e lelei! Kia ora! Talofa! Ia orana! Aloha
On behalf of the Oceania community here at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to our kind sponsors, the Multicultural Week Organising Committee for their encouragement in the planning process of Oceania Week 2013 and, most importantly, the participants—without whom we could not have made this year’s Oceania Week possible. It has truly been a great and enjoyable learning experience participating and organising this kind of event, and I am especially grateful for the opportunity to work alongside students of various ethnicities from all over the world, not to mention the opportunity to share the various traditions and unique cultures of the friendly islands of the South Pacific with the rest of the world—because APU offers a very colourful multicultural setting to do just that. This event truly builds on our characters as the ideal ambassadors of our beloved nations, and it also helps us to grow significantly as the future leaders of our region.
Furthermore, unlike other Multicultural Week events at APU, it has been eight years since the last Oceania Week. This puts a lot of expectations on this year’s event as we work towards making Oceania Week an annual event. During Oceania Week, we will have a parade performance, which combines dances and chants, on Monday, December 2. This will give people a brief idea of what to expect at the Grand Performance on Friday. On Tuesday, December 3, an event called “Kava Night” will be held. At this event, people will have the opportunity to experience how South Pacific Islanders socialize around a bowl of what we all have come to know as our traditional drink “kava”, accompanied with singing and dancing. On, Thursday, December 5, we will open our Display and Handicraft Corner to exhibit cultural handicrafts, attire and photographs. Last but not least, as mentioned earlier, Friday, December 6 will see the opening of the Millennium Hall doors for the ever-anticipated Grand Show performance consisting of traditional music, dances and fashion. With all these events combined, we truly hope to spread the spirit of the islands to all those we interact and socialize with during Oceania Week.
We are a people with a deep sense of cultural identity and traditions, and with our diverse cultures, big friendly smiles and laughter, we hope to share with you the sense of peace, happiness and harmony the Pacific Islands— our very own slice of paradise—has to offer.
Please do join us in making Oceania Week 2013 a success and come experience paradise for yourselves.