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University hosts Southeast Asian Poetry Night

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 31, 2006) -- Ohio University will celebrate Southeast Asian culture with the annual Southeast Asian Poetry Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in Galbreath Chapel.

Poetry Night, which has been held at Ohio University for more than eight years, gives students a chance to practice their language of study while incorporating its cultural elements. Southeast Asian languages offered at Ohio University are Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese and Khmer. The event is also an opportunity for international students to share their native cultures with the audience and other students through poetry, songs and readings. Participants often dress in clothing native to Southeast Asia.

English translations of the presentations will be available, and some presentations include audience participation and interaction. Refreshments will be served after the performances. The event is sponsored by Southeast Asian Studies and the Southeast Asian Studies Association.

"Poetry Night gives students and the audience first-hand exposure to each culture and offers a different perspective not found inside the classroom," said Katie McWhorter, graduate student and president of the Southeast Asian Studies Association.

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Media Contact: Assistant Director of Southeast Asian Studies Karla Schneider, 740-593-1841 or schneidk@ohio.edu

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