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The many cultural influences impacting students at PCC in Montavilla are celebrated in one night

DAVID F. ASHTON - "Team Japanette" performs "traditional dances to a rocking new beat", during Multicultural Night at Portland Community College's Southeast Campus on 82nd Avenue of Roses.
The third annual "Multicultural Night" held at Portland Community College Southeast Campus, on S.E. Avenue of Roses north of Division Street, brought in as many neighbors as it did students on Tuesday evening, May 15.

At the celebration, 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 -- while, in nearby Tabor Hall, exhibitors provided related information.

"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."

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 THE BEE.

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

"The best part 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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