The Jordan Ballroom was filled with students, friends and family as a man appeared from behind pink and blue curtains. He beckoned to something behind the screen. A red and yellow dragon obeyed his command, materializing. The transportation to Asia had begun.

The first annual Boise State Asia Fest took place on Feb. 3 and had contribuions from different Asian clubs and
associations.

“The performances are really great. It’s stuff that I wouldn’t normally see outside of things like this,” said senior English major Jax Perez. “So far I think my favorite part is looking forward to the second half and figuring out the contrast that they’ll put between the traditional with the contemporary.”

A number of countries were represented including China, Japan, Nepal, Korea, Pakistan, Vietnam and South Arabia. This was reflected in the array of food from different countries put out for the guests.

“It was delicious, I want some more,” said junior psychology major Kim Barrera. “It’s just so different, it’s from a different part of the world. I love it.”

Students also said they enjoyed the performances throughout the evening. There was singing, dancing and even a bit of acting.

“I really loved the dragon dance,” Katie Rainey, junior physics major, said. “It was adorable, it was really fun. They’re cool. I wish I had a cool culture to represent like that.”

Even the hosts for the evening jumped in and sang songs for the audience in Japanese and Vietnamese. The Kendo Japanese Fencing demonstration also caught the viewer’s eyes and had them clapping and cheering along with the performers.

“I like the Kendo demonstrations,” senior Mario Venegas said. “Because I think you get to see a lot of the matches, well I enjoyed the matches a lot. It’s a good work for the eyes and a matter of watching the performance through their technique and looking at their eyes and timing, because you can see it in the eyes. You can clearly tell who’s a senior and who isn’t.”

Asia Fest celebrated cultures less prevalent in Idaho and gave its audience insight into the food, the traditions and the modern ways of Asia. Perhaps there will be another sighting of the red and yellow dragon next year.