• Abigail Hall

alpha Kappa Delta Phi to host Asian artist showcase, workshop

Originally published at OU Daily April 8, 2019

OU Asian sorority alpha Kappa Delta Phi will host its 12th annual event to showcase Asian student artists April 24. 

"InvASIAN" is an annual event the chapter hosts to help break the stigma around Asian artists, and help them showcase their talents, said Julia Ngo, vice president of spring service, and entrepreneurship and venture management and international business junior, in a text message to The Daily.

Ngo said the event aims to "break the stigma" that Asians should pursue more traditional careers, such as, becoming a doctor or lawyer, instead of artists.

The chapter was founded on Nov. 23, 2003 and was established in spring 2005 as Oklahoma's first and only international Asian-interest sorority. The Chi chapter was first established at the University of California at Berkeley in fall 1989, and the College Panhellenic Association recognized it in 1990.

The event begins with a showcase of a variety of art forms, including dance, fashion, photography, music and more, with awards dispersed for best performance. The first place prize is $150 and the second place prize is a gift basket, according to the event page.

Following the showcase, the chapter will also host a nationally recognized Asian American guest speaker to promote Asian American awareness, Ngo said. 

In previous years, guest speakers included Wong Fu Productions, Jeni Suk, and last year's Sudarso Brothers. This year the guest speaker is Sorah Yang, an Los Angeles-based dancer and choreographer, who will host an additional workshop April 25. 

In a text message, Ngo said this is the first year the guest speaker was invited to stay an extra day to host a workshop, and said she was excited to pioneer the idea as part of the event. 

"I personally have been following Sorah Yang and her works since junior high," Ngo said in a text message. "Already within just a week of the event registration being released we have a third of the sign-ups filled, so I'm super excited to see the turn out of the event and to actually have her interact and teach a class."

InvASIAN is a free event, but the workshop with Yang has limited spots for 60 people. Those interested in attending the workshop must pre-register online, pay a $20 registration fee and complete an athletic event waiver. 

Early registration will end 11:59 p.m. April 19. If registration does not reach capacity, spots will be available for a cost of $25 at the door, according to the event page

InvASIAN doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the event starting at 7 p.m. April 24 in Meacham Auditorium in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. The workshop with Yang will begin 8:30 p.m. April 25 in studio B of Sarkeys Fitness Center, and doors will open at 8 p.m. 

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