Asian New Year event to raise money for charity

The Asian Student Association and the Asian/Asian-American interest sorority are celebrating the Asian New Year with a philanthropic purpose.

The Asian New Year Bazaar showcases the dynamics of Asian culture and diversity within the ethnic group, said Mai Vu, a junior psychology and sociology major.

It is a fundraising event for ASA and Kappa Lambda Delta, and is a forum to promote their philanthropy for TCU UNICEF, a worldwide fund for educating and enhancing quality of life for children.

TCU UNICEF is a campus initiative of U.S. Fund for UNICEF, a non-profit organization that works on behalf of UNICEF to generate funds in the U.S., said Thuytrinh Tran, a senior biology major and member of Kappa Lambda Delta.

Philip Truong, a junior economics major and president of ASA, said Kappa Lambda Delta and ASA want to make people aware of the TCU UNICEF chapter, recruit members and also raise funds for Asian Pacific American Empowerment Conference and the Asian Olympics to be held at the University of Texas at Arlington in March.

The event will have a display of Asian imports reflecting its culture, such as slippers, necklaces and umbrellas, Truong said. He will also give a presentation on the Asian New Year’s traditions compared to those in the West.

An egg-roll eating competition and Bau Cua Tom Ca, a Vietanamese betting game played with dice, will increase audience participation at the event, Truong said.

There is a $5 entry fee for the competitions, which will be donated to TCU UNICEF. The winner of the egg-roll eating competition will receive a $15 gift certificate to Pei Wei and Bau Cua Tom Ca players can collect points to redeem for a Horned Frog accessory at the event.

Vu said ASA wants to involve the TCU community in a culturally unique atmosphere to promote diversity and make them aware of TCU UNICEF and work toward UNICEF’s mission of raising funds to help children in underdeveloped countries.

“The promotion of TCU UNICEF is important to both of our organizations,” Vu said. “We would like to see it grow as our philanthropy at TCU.”

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Asian New Year Bazaar

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Today through Friday
Student Center Lounge