This month’s highlight comes thanks to our Secretary
FIJI, or officially known as the Republic of Fiji, is an island off the coast of Melanesia. Fiji is actually an archipelago consisting of 330 different islands of which only a third is permanently inhabited. There are two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, making up 87% of the population. Fiji’s main economic pillar is tourism and sugar exports. The temperature is warm year round with little temperature fluctuations.
Most of Fiji is the native Fijian population, consisting of Melanesian, Polynesian, and Indo-Fijian descendants. Family is an important concept to Fiji. They have close-knit communities that have a lot of extended family members. Fiji has a rich mix of indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, and European cultures. There are also influences of the nearby countries of Tonga and Samoa as well as China to create a vibrant multicultural society and identity.
Rugby is a popular team sport in Fiji and is considered to be the national sport of the country. Fiji is defined as a tier two rugby nation by World Rugby. The national team has competed at the Rugby World Cup and made it as far as the quarter-finals Rugby football was introduced into Fiji in the 1884 if not earlier, by Britons and New Zealanders. By the early 1890s, the sport had started to draw attention from media outlets, such as newspaper and other print, and the game started to establish itself as a sport in the country.
Recently, we had a pretty exciting scavenger hunt with great prizes (Hello Panda, Face Masks, and Emoji key chains). Our EVO-coordinator created some pretty clever riddles that took you to many key places on East campus such as The Parabola, AARC, and Ram! All the teams, purple, green, blue, and red, did well and thank you for being good sports and participating. Nevertheless, congratulations to the blue team for coming in first. We had a blast! Hope to see you at the next GBM!
Starting February 1st, 2017, Chicago implemented a $0.07 tax on all bags in stores. To help combat this, we recently hosted a GBM to instruct how to upcycle t-shirts into tote bags so that you will always have a bag on you, avoid that tax, and help the environment. Not only this, but we showed how to make pillows out of shirts. It was a fun, creative, and informative GBM.
In case you wanted to make the bags again or show others how to make them, below, courtesy of our Treasurer, is a slideshow instructing how to do so. (You can pause the slideshow to follow the steps with more precision.)
We had our game night today. We had a lot of games: breakfast scramble, knock the cans, pencil toss, stacks, cake walk, gummy face, water pong, and baby rattle. We had a lot of fun with you all and seeing how many people pied our e-board, it seems like you all did too. Check out our Facebook page for more pictures you might be in and feel to tag yourself or others.
Can’t wait to see you all next week!
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Our first featured country is The Kingdom of Bhutan.
Bhutan is located on the eastern edge of the Himalayas and is a Buddhist kingdom. However, in 2008 they became a two party parliamentary democracy. Very well known for its monasteries, fortresses and magnificent landscapes from subtropical plains to steep mountains and their valleys, Bhutan attracts many visitors looking for both spiritual and sightseeing activities.
Bhutan has almost cut itself off from the rest of the world completely for centuries. They let in very little influence from the outside world. They do this so that they can protect their ancient traditions. Bhutan views guarding their culture as one of their most important values. For example, they did not have television or internet until 1999.
Many Southern Bhutanese citizens are residing in Nepal after being deported from Bhutan. There has been much conflict in the area about whether they should be allowed to stay. A large amount were sent to Refugee camps. While this conflict is still happening, many Bhutanese refugees have been sent abroad to start anew. Many have settled in India, North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. In America, they are given around 6 months to adjust to their new lifestyles and are left to fend for themselves afterwards.
The Location of Bhutan in reference to other countries in ASIA
Costumed monk performs traditional dance in Tsechu festival at Thimphu, Bhutan.
The royal couple
Each month we will post about an Asian or Pacific Island country and we will ask you a question about it in a following GBM. If answer the question correctly, you will win a FREE AASIA T-SHIRT.
You need to be a PAID AASIA Member to participate in the game. This upcoming GBM (9/21) is your LAST chance to become a paid member.
We hope to see you all at our Micro-aggressions Workshop (9/21) in SCE 613 4-6 PM!
Our next GBM on Wednesday, Sept. 21st we will be having a workshop on Micro-aggressions. If you don’t know what those are you should come learn more about them and how they may be affecting you. If you do know what they are, still come to see there may be some micro-aggressions that are new to you or to get a refresher.
We hope to see you next Wednesday! Tell your friends! Everyone is welcome!