Asian Student Union’s Cross-Picnic Huge Success

Inclusive Club Did Not Expect Such Wide Turnout


Havana Pagaja

The Asian Student Union (ASU) was involved in a cross-picnic hosted and presented by the Indiana Asian Student Unions. This event provided a space for Asian students and those wanting to learn about the Asian culture to gather, hang out and meet new people  on Sunday, October 9, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Holland Park. 

 All students at local Indiana schools involved in an ASU club were invited to go and participate in activities, such as football, volleyball, and eating. Students were also invited to bring their friends in order to create a fun environment and establish a sense of community, as well as blankets and chairs to set up an intimate, friendly atmosphere. 

“My favorite part of the meeting was seeing how many people showed up. There were a lot of people who wanted to participate in the Asian culture,” HSE ASU member Jayden Tran said. “Being surrounded by lots of people made me feel great.” 

“We usually aim for 2 picnics every year with the other Indiana ASUs during the spring and fall,” said Guru Kapase, the ASU PR officer. “I think it’s important to have the ASU picnics so we can grow as a community in Indiana, and meet new people!” 

By having two cross-picnic meetings yearly, the ASU clubs are providing many opportunities network with other clubs which could benefit members greatly in the future. Meeting new people and spreading the Asian culture is a primary goal for the inclusive club. 

Many local schools were involved and able to go to this fall’s picnic, as stated by Alexandria Lynn, the Co-President of HSE’s ASU. She also mentioned that there were plenty of moments where people could engage and make connections with other individuals and clubs because of the extensive amount of people that attended the event. 

“I can tell you that we all had an absolute blast and cannot wait for [the] one in the spring.” said Alexandria Lynn, the Co-President of HSE’s ASU. “Along with HSE, different schools like Fishers, Zionsville, Brebeuf, Carmel, Noblesville, Cathedral, and Mount Vernon were all able to go.” 

Many of the officers at the HSE ASU stress how much they would like everyone, not just Asians, to join the club. Even if one merely has an interest in the culture and is just curious, they are welcome to attend. 

“To make friends and laugh together, that is truly special,” Lynn said. “I absolutely love being a part of ASU with my whole heart.”