Dance set to support Taiwan earthquake victims

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    By KARRY RATHJE

    Friday from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., the Asian American Association, along with seven other Asian clubs, will sponsor a dance to benefit the victims of the earthquake in Taiwan. The dance will be in the Stepdown Lounge in the Smith Family Living Center.

    “The main goal of this dance is to raise money and clothing to send to Taiwan,” said Joe Choi, vice president Korean Student Association.

    “We’re trying to reach out and show others what BYU is about,” Choi said. “We’re acting upon what we believe in: charity and service. Our contribution may be small, but it shows we’re here to help out.”

    Vinnie Lee, AAA member, said the earthquake was heart-wrenching for some BYU students.

    “The Taiwan earthquake was so devastating,” Lee said. “A lot of people were killed, and it really hit home for a lot of natives and return missionaries who served in Taiwan. We want to do something to help.”

    “Many people are without homes, clothes and possessions. Many are needing the bare necessities of life and that is what we are trying to help provide for them,” Choi said.

    According to Choi, the idea for the dance came about when Lee was watching the news and saw the damage caused by the earthquake. He presented the idea to the AAA, the a plan for the dance was implemented.

    “It’s a way for people to have fun and still contribute something,” said Mari Madden, AAA Vice President of Publicity, “We want people to come and have a good time while supporting a good cause.”

    AAA has also coordinated with the Asian American Clubs at the University of Utah and UVSC to join and help in providing relief aid to the victims of the earthquake.

    “When we are united we have more success,” Choi said.

    The price of the dance is $3. There is a $1 discount for donating an article of clothing. All funds raised will be sent to Taiwan.

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