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Club Expo promotes intercultural relations

Around 10 De Anza College clubs tabled at the De Anza’s Club Expo Nov. 4 in the Main Quad trying to recruit members.

The majority of the clubs at the event were founded on issues related to identity and heritage. Other clubs were built around hobbies and activities.

The Henna club has about 25 members representing a variety of people from different countries, such as India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Egypt. The club works toward honoring women in Islam, spreading awareness about the religion and feeding the homeless.

“Our goal is to unify Muslims and non-Muslims alike, to show we are not radicals, nor are we racists or terrorists,” club member Fatima Abdelwahab said.

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The Pakistani Student Association sold Middle Eastern-style brightly colored scarves and souvenirs at Club Expo to raise money for the association’s activities and to help victims of the flood in Pakistan, member Minha Kareemi said.

The Iranian club’s events concentrate on promoting Iranian culture through screening documentaries and purchasing books for the library.

Another club promoting religion and heritage was the new Catholic club that was founded by Primo Martinez this fall.

“Our goal is getting together people of all faiths and not only spread the word of Catholicism but also to contribute to charities, like soup kitchen’s for the homeless,” Martinez said. The club currently has 14 members and meets every other Monday.

One of the clubs at the expo not connected to culture or religion was the Circle K club. Members were looking for community volunteers and informing students about the bone marrow drive to take place in early November. “We help the community in the Bay Area, and support similar clubs in other schools,” Circle K club member Cherelle Allord said.

Student Josh King played the mandolin at another table. King, a music major, was showcasing the DoMiSol club. It’s not necessary to play an instrument to join the club, said club President Cecilia Ghang. Ghang said she “created the club because “I saw many students like me also love music.”

During the expo, a group of Aztec dancers performed in the quad. Invited by the club MEChA, dressed in exotic folk dress, with headpieces adorned with long colorful feathers. Students attending the event shifted backward, creating a big circle around the dancers while watching them. 

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