Letter to the editor: Malaysian Cultural Night

Kylie Phoon

The sound of rich Chinese instruments played in the background of a Lion Dance performance, a Malay style musical form called Dikir Barat, and upbeat Indian dance performance will all be taking place on Malaysian Cultural Night.

The Association of Malaysian Students at Iowa State University organizes the annual event. Nur Surya Abu, sophomore in advertising, said: “Our Malaysian Cultural Night aims to showcase these cultures to the rest of the world starting with ISU.”

This year’s event will consist of a play, “The Legend of Mahsuri,” traditional performances, and Malaysian food will be served throughout the event. A lucky draw will be included as well as surprise planning for the event.

Malaysia is a diverse country and is made up of 10 different races and ethnicities. The three main races are Malay, Chinese and Indian. It all started in 1957 when Malaya declared independence, and the Chinese and Indian traders loved Malaya so much they decided to stay. The variety of races has grown over the years. There is so much Malaysia can offer and this event is just a glimpse of it.

The event will be Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. The event starts at 2:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased through the association’s president, Allistair Lee, via email at [email protected] or by phone at 708-949-6699.

Contact Information:

Nur Surya Abu, [email protected], 515-708-7980

Allistair Lee, [email protected], 708-949-6699