PCC ‘Multicultural Night’ a success in Montavilla

If you missed it, take a look and see how students have come together to create this ‘welcoming’ cultural event in outer East Portland …

In the Montavilla neighborhood, neighbors and students gather to watch entertainment during “Multicultural Night” held at Portland Community College Southeast Campus.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

The third annual “Multicultural Night” held at Portland Community College Southeast Campus brought in as many neighbors as it did students on Tuesday evening, May 15.

At the event, presented by the “Unity Through Diversity Student Club”, a large tent was set up in the commons for groups and individuals to offer cultural entertainment; and, in close-by Tabor Hall, exhibitors provided information.

Helping students from many countries feel welcome on campus is why organizer Kien Truong says he started the “Multicultural Night”.

“When I went to college here about three years ago, I wanted to do something to help students, those here from other countries, to feel more welcome – like they belong on campus,” reflected its organizer, Kien Truong. “So, I gathered my friends together and looked for the people who can do performances, and feel confident enough to share their identity with the whole community.”

Ballet Folklorico Corazones Alegres performs.

Inside Tabor Hall, folks get a taste of foods from many nations.

Their first “Multicultural Night” was a success, Truong smiled. “We had an overwhelmingly positive response – including from the public, who came and said they hoped we’d do it again.”

The entertainment on May 15 featured fifteen performances, representing people from many different countries. “We also have a ‘Mini Resources Fair’ inside, where many organizations that support community and students are sharing information,” Truong told East Portland News.

Games entertain kids, while adults avail themselves of information at the Mini Resource Fair.

Performing “Kathak” – a North India dance – is Sitara.

As many as fifty volunteers help him produce the now-annual event, the organizer reported.

“The best part for me is seeing the people from the different communities and different backgrounds coming together to make an event where everyone feels proud; it helps them feel they belong to the campus,” said Truong.

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