April 5, 2013
Tulane University's annual Asian-American Week, April 7-12, will heighten awareness of Asian culture while benefiting injured Green Wave football player Devon Walker.
The weeklong series of events, sponsored by Tulane's Asian-American Student Union, will culminate with "Tulane's Got Talent" at 7 p.m., April 12 in McAlister Auditorium. In addition to almost a dozen student acts, the evening will feature performances by Poreotics, who won the fifth season of MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew" and Coney Island hot dog eating champion Takeru Kobayashi. Green Wave Head Football Coach Curtis Johnson will be one of the judges for the contest. Admission is free for all Tulane students, faculty and staff and $5 for the general public.
Each day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during Asian-American Week, students are encouraged to stop by Pedersen Lounge on the first floor of the Lavin-Bernick Center to fold origami cranes on which they can add encouraging messages. The cranes, a symbol of good fortune in many Asian cultures, will be strung together and presented to Walker along with the money collected for him throughout the week.
Members of the Tulane community will put their competitive eating chops on the line at a rice eating contest held 3 to 6 p.m., April 11 in front of McAlister Auditorium. Contestants will see how many bowls of rice they can eat, using chopsticks, in under two minutes.
Donations for Walker will be collected at all Asian-American Week events.
"We want Devon to know that we are all supporting him and praying for him," said Darren Cheng, Tulane Asian-American Student Union president. "Asian-American Week happens every year but this year is going to be extra special. Who knows, we might even have a surprise guest."