VMU Asian Week: Get Immersed in Exotic Cultures
VMU Centre for Asian Studies and the academic student clubs Hashi, Hallyu and Wu Wei invite everyone to spend a week in late October completely immersed in colourful and exotic cultures. On 20–24 October, VMU Asian Week will be held in Kaunas, providing an exciting closer look at Eastern and Southeastern Asian countries.
The programme will be kicked off by the Language Day, which is the main theme of the events on the first day, 20 October, at the VMU Small Hall (28 S. Daukanto). Here, for the first time in Lithuania, competitions of Korean and Chinese spoken languages will be held. Participants will be asked to prepare a short oral presentation in Chinese or Korean. A qualified commission will evaluate them and present awards to the best speakers. Fans of Japanese language are promised an intriguing interactive game by the Hashi Club.
Tuesday 21st October is all about the taste of Asia: it is dubbed ‘the Food Day’, because four different Asian cuisines will be introduced: Indonesian dish nasi goreng, Japanese temaki-zushi, Korean samgyeopsal, and Chinese dumplings jiaozi. The delicacies will be served at Yakata restaurant (14 M. Valančiaus Str.). Prospective ‘gourmands’ are required to register for the food workshops online.
On the afternoon of 22 October, the Asian Week will switch its focus from food to fitness: it is the Martial Arts Day. Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese martial arts schools will be introduced to anyone willing to learn some basics.
Culture Day will follow on Thursday 23 October: the VMU Great Hall (28 S. Daukanto Str.) will be jam-packed by participants of a culture fair dedicated to Asian crafts, arts, languages, kimono presentations, tea ceremonies and caligraphy workshops.
A special flea market will also be open in the hall’s lobby where everyone will be welcome to share their Asia-related possessions. The market is donation-based: no prices are assigned and all accumulated funds are spent on the organization of the Asian Week. Anyone who brings at least three possessions will be presented a coupon which they can use to purchase anything offered in the flea market.
Flea market participants have to register by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (+370 625 76423) until 17 October. The participants have to specify their name, surname, contact information, and type and quantity of possessions.
The last day of the event, 24 October, will be dedicated to exercises for your brain: the Knowledge Day will gather everyone in the VMU Aula Magna (7 Gimnazijos Str.) for a battle of wits. Teams will compete in order to determine which of them knows the most about Asian countries. Some of the questions were prepared by the Asian Week’s sponsors who promised to reward the winners with exciting prizes. Team registration is open online.
On each evening of the Asian Week, very interesting public lectures will be held by prominent Lithuanian figures who are involved with activities related to Japan, China, or Korea. The organizers are keeping a lid on their names so far.
The event is sponsored by the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Lithuania, the Embassy of Indonesia in the Kingdom of Denmark, the VU Confucius Institute, the Yakata restaurant, and the Wudang Tao Eastern culture studio.
Partners: Baltic Asia, Asian Arts Center, Kyūmeikan Kendo.