On Friday, February 1, 2019, the Rutgers community celebrated the Pan Asian Lunar New Year. The annual event took place in the Busch Student Center and was organized by the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) and was co-sponsored by the department of Residence Life. The AACC collaborates with numerous community based organizations to develop cultural programs and promotes diversity on campus. According to the Rutgers University diversity statistics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick is 23.3% Asian identified (ethnicities of full-time students, both undergraduate and graduate) and 26% Asian identified (undergraduate enrollment including RBHS students). Given the diverse demographics of the Rutgers community, cultural centers and their cultural-based events supports the many identities represented by the student population.
The free event offered a variety of cultural foods and aimed to celebrate Asian culture with various group performances. The series of vibrant performances was kicked-off by a display of Indian dance with performer Ishita Mili, a graduate student pursuing a Master’s of Business and Science degree at Rutgers University. Having danced since five years of age, Mili presented an assortment of styles ranging from the classical Indian dance bharatnatyam to modern Urban Indian dance, which is a fusion of classical styles and hip-hop.