There is an old stereotype that Asians tend to be very quiet and passive. It doesn’t help when you see people like Chris Rock making jokes out of us, and directors like M. Night Shyamalan casting non-Asians for Asian roles in movies. However, the lack of Asians in the spotlight has not stopped several young college students from pursuing their passion of singing, entertaining and performing.
On Sunday, April 10th 2016, the Intercollegiate Nikkei Council (INC) hosted their 4th Annual ‘Nikkei Voices’, a talent show started in 2013 which showcases college students representing the various Nikkei Student Unions. From performing original songs to beat boxing to performing covers of popular songs, these collegiate students definitely proved why the old stereotype is a thing of the past.
While INC might be recognized by some for their social gatherings, they should also be recognized for their contributions to the Japanese American community as well. Each year INC has recognized various community organizations at their ‘Nikkei Voices’ event, and this year they chose to highlight Keiro. We appreciate this recognition, and enjoy collaborating with INC and the various NSUs in past years. During the event, Brandon Leong, Keiro’s Director of Community Advancement, took the stage to encourage the college students to find ways to help reduce social isolation among seniors in our community. Additionally Brandon was given the opportunity to become an honorary judge for the event. Congratulations to the winners from CSULB, BlackNYellow!
Also, special thanks to INC Vice President Alyssa Yim for hosting the event. Keiro looks forward to working with INC and the various NSUs in support of older adults in our community for many more years to come!
Multi-generational interaction is rewarding for all involved, and reflects and celebrates Our Community’s values and culture. Keiro encourages all interested individuals and groups to share their time and talents by volunteering in support of older adults – through residential facilities or with community organizations, temples, or churches that provide programs and activities aimed at benefitting our elders.
For more information about volunteering in support of older adults visit: http://www.keiro.org