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Eastern Asian Student Union (EASU)

Advisor

Goldsmith, Jacob
Mathematics Teacher

Club Officers

 

  • President: Nicole Wang
  • Vice President: Junhao Huang
  • Treasurer: Emily Sunada
  • Secretary: Typhanie Vo

The horse is a national symbol of Mongolia; the cherry blossoms (sakura) are the national flower of Japan; the red-crowned crane is the national bird of China; the pine tree is the national tree of North Korea; the Siberian tiger is a national symbol of South Korea.

 

Purpose

America is a melting pot where one can encounter a diversity of ethnicities and cultures. In the recent years, more and more immigrants from East Asian countries have been moving to and settling in the United States. But to many, arriving at America and calling her their new home is a frightening experience as they are unfamiliar with American cultures and values. They are yet to be assimilated and included into the great melting pot. On the other hand, the cultures of the immigrants are unknown to those who are already a part of the American society. In Newark Memorial High School, the East Asian Student Union is established in order to aid the newly arrived East Asian immigrants and facilitate their process of embracing their new home. Furthermore, we want to teach fellow students the traditions and customs of East Asian countries and give them a better understanding. This is also an opportunity for students of East Asian descent to accept their ethnicities and not be ashamed of the differences, but proud of the uniqueness.

H.A.T.S.

East Asian Student Union participates yearly in the H.A.T.S. (Hands Across Time and Space) Multicultural Assembly to represent each of the East Asian countries (China, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan). This assembly gives our members a chance to express their love for East Asian cultures and perform in front of the whole school. Everyone is given an opportunity to participate in this fun and creative performance.

Club Activities

East Asian Student Union hosts events for its members to introduce them to East Asian cultures. Members get the chance to enjoy dishes and drinks such as Japanese sushi, Chinese potstickers, Taiwanese milk tea, Korean Kimchi, and Mongolian beef. They are able to converse with other members about the present issues in East Asian countries and learn about famous legends like the Butterfly Lovers, Amaterasu and the Cave, Segyeong Bonpuri, and more.

2016-2017

Advisor

Blincoe, Carl

Mathematics Department Chairperson

 

Club Officers

Co-Presidents: Nicole Wang and Michelle Wang

Treasurer: Emily Sunada

Secretary: Raiden Romero

 

East Asian Student Union is founded in the 2016-2017 school year by Nicole Wang and Michelle Wang in order to address the need for a club to promote East Asian ethnicities and cultures while helping assimilate new students from East Asia.

 

In the 2017 H.A.T.S. Assembly, we represented South Korea and presented the recently trending Korean pop music to the school to share the contemporary music cultures of the country. To show the traditional clothing of South Korea, our members were dressed in Hanbok, a customary clothing of the Joseon period. The link below will go directly to our performance:

https://youtu.be/jMz4wmsn29A?t=1733

There are some interferences during the filming. We apologize for not being able to provide a better quality video of the performance.

 

Members also got to eat out in a Chinese restaurant that provided authentic Shanghainese dim-sum. They were able to taste the common dishes of the city of Shanghai, giving them an interesting first hand experience.

 


 

2017-2018

In the 2018 H.A.T.S. Assembly, we presented a contemporary dance to demonstrate how music in East Asian countries are constantly changing and matching up to beat. Below is the link of the performance:

https://youtu.be/3SitnbidW-g?t=1208

Meetings

Meetings are held every 2 weeks in room 306 unless otherwise posted.