November 26, 2009 - 8:00 PM
Last Saturday the Hong Kong Student Association (HKSA) hosted a karaoke event with the Chinese Students Scholars Association (CSSA). This was the first time that HKSA had hosted an event with another cultural club in 2 years, and what a success it was! We had about a hundred students attend the karaoke event. Song requests were taken at the door, and those who were interested in participating in our singing contest were able to signup to win a $15 dollar gift card to Starbucks.
The event was held at the Emu Fir room, with doors opening at 7:30pm and ending at 11pm. Overall, the night went smoothly with only minor problems with the microphones. There were hundreds of Chinese and English songs to choose from and requests were gladly taken. The main purpose of karaoke night was to invite members, and students to experience a popular hobby for many in China and that is to get together with friends, eat, and sing karaoke songs. Snacks were provided by both clubs, free of charge. Muffins, cookies, chips, and vegetable platters were available for everyone to snack on. We also had Costco size packs of soda and water bottles that took up an entire table.
All through the night, both Mandarin and Cantonese songs were sung, (the most two popular dialects in China). Unfortunately there was only one English song that was requested throughout the night and that was by the U of O Wushu Team. I bravely joined them in singing, "I'll Make a Man Out of You," from the Disney movie, Mulan. This was probably the second time I've sang in public, It was so much fun, just getting in front of the crowd and making a fool of myself and to hear the applause and cheers from the crowd. It was also really exciting to see so many friends who came to support the event, which made all the time and effort that we had put into "Karaoke Night" worth even more.
The Hong Kong Student Association would not have been able to pull this event off in the matter of two weeks without the support from the Chinese Students Scholars Association. They helped us so much with all the technical work, and It was a great way to establish connections between the two groups. In the future, I hope to work with them again and with many more groups as well. One of my main goals for the club is not only to teach and support the Hong Kong Culture to the campus, but to also connect and give help to other student groups as well. As a whole, these cultural groups are examples of how diverse the campus is, and to extend a helping hand and to meet new people from different background is what makes the University of Oregon so unique.