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MIT Caribbean Club

The MIT Caribbean Club is a student organization for people with interests in the Caribbean. We help to promote Caribbean Culture at MIT and serve as a resource to the wider community for information on the Caribbean.

Every semester, the club holds events to stimulate discussions on issues critical to Regional Development; in the past, speakers at such events have included West Indian Ministers, professors, entrepreneurs and entertainers.

Last year the Club hosted the 7th Annual North East Regional Caribbean Students Conference where topics relating to Caribbean Culture, Infrastructure and Business and Economics were discussed. Our big events this year are the Caribbean Weekend (for that weekend Caribbean activities are held throughout the institute) and a Caribbean Fashion show next semester. The Club also hosts monthly meetings and socials, and at least two parties every semester where Dancehall Reggae, Calypso, Soca, and Zouk are featured. Sporting events and retreats are also organized by the club.

Most importantly, the MIT Caribbean Club serves as an outlet for its members to relax and enjoy themselves in true West Indian spirit during a frequently hectic school year.

For more information: <http://web.mit.edu/ caribbean/www/club>, caribbean-exec@mit.edu

Chinese Students Club

The Chinese Students Club is one of the largest and most active cultural organizations on campus, with over 300 students who are diverse in their nationalities and disciplines. The club’s events include cultural activities, social events, community service programs and athletic tournaments.

CSC holds a general meeting/study break once a month in order for the officers to update the organization’s members on upcoming events and to allow the members to express any concerns to the officers. Aside from the monthly study breaks, CSC also traditionally puts on a semi-formal held on a boat, the IAP Cultural Mini-Series, a New Years Banquet, and a Volleyball Tournament. Additionally, CSC puts out its own newspaper, competes in Intramural sports, assists in City Years, and much more.

For more information: <http://web.mit.edu/ csc/www/>, csc@mit.edu.

MIT Singapore Students’ Society

The MIT Singapore Students’ Society (MITSSS) is a cultural-social club. It aims to foster friendship among students interested in Singaporean life, and to promote cultural exchange between Singapore students at MIT and students from other countries in MIT.

MITSSS regularly organizes pastry sales, ski trips, outings and study breaks. We also have functions to celebrate various Singaporean holidays, such as Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, and Labour day. These social gatherings usually happen once a month, and they provide chances for people to meet and have fun.

In addition, MITSSS takes part in International Fair and Asian Fair. We also occasionally organize special events. In April 1999, we organized the inaugural “Singapore Expo” to give members of the MIT community a chance to find out more about Singapore.

For more information: <http://web.mit.edu/ mitsss/www/>, sss-com@mit.edu

MIT Societo por Esperanto

Have you ever coded a base 10 clock because the nerd in you couldn’t stand to see an irregularity go unchecked? Ever wanted to let your inner nerd loose on language, but found Klingon too hard to pronounce? Maybe you should try Esperanto.

Esperanto is an invented language with simplified grammar rules. It was developed in the 1880’s in a border town in Poland where many different ethnic groups, each with their own language, lived in fear and distrust of each other. Esperanto was intended as a second language for international communication so that these separate communities could be brought closer together. Despite its European origins, Esperanto has spread throughout the world. Some of the most active Esperanto communities today are in China and Japan.

The MIT Societo por Esperanto is dedicated to furthering education in and about Esperanto within the MIT community. The Societo also encourages interaction between Esperanto speakers by holding regular conversational groups and celebrating Esperanto holidays, such as the birthday of its inventor, Ludwig Zamenhof.

As early as 1909, the Societo has offered an Esperanto class for beginners. This course has been taught during IAP in recent years, but for students who can’t wait until then, the textbook of the course is provided free on the Societo’s web site. During the term, the Societo will be holding meetings open to beginners and experienced speakers alike. These meetings allow new members to become more familiar with the language and the culture of Esperanto through social activities and word games.

This fall, the Societo will be kicking off the year with a screening of the Esperanto film, Incubus. This American fantasy art-film, starring pre-Star Trek William Shatner, is filmed entirely in Esperanto and presented with English subtitles. The screening of Incubus will be a joint event with the International Film Club and will be shown as part of IFC’s fall series on September 23rd at 7p.m. in room 10-250.

For more information: <http://web.mit.edu/ esperanto/www/ >, speak@mit.edu

South Asian American Students

South Asian American Students (SAAS) is one of the largest groups on campus, representing Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans, Nepalis and other South Asians at MIT. SAAS is open to all students interested in getting a taste of South Asian culture. Our organization is committed not only to providing a means for South Asian Americans to delve into their own background, but it also allows students of any ethnicity to explore South Asian traditions. Our activities include a Garba Raas (a traditional folk dance get-together), social parties, study breaks, discussions, barbecues and sports events, celebrations for South Asian holidays, and an annual cultural show. The 1999 cultural show, co-sponsored with Sangam and Paksmit, had over 200 participants and attracted over 1,100 spectators from MIT, surrounding colleges, and the local community. The members of SAAS share a common interest in presenting South Asian culture to the MIT community.

For more information: <http://web.mit.edu/ saas/www/home.html>

Vietnamese Students Association

The Vietnamese Students Association was established in the late 1970s by a group of Vietnamese students who migrated to the US after the war. VSA was a support system to help students face the problems of adapting to a new environment.

Today, VSA is still a support system, but for the purpose of promoting and preserving Vietnamese tradition. Many members were born in the US and only know of Vietnam from their parents’ stories. Some have only lived in Vietnam for a few years of our childhood. What all members have in common is that they want to learn more about the Vietnamese culture using each other as a resource

The VSA also serves as a social organization. Each year they organize a dance and invite Vietnamese College students from the Boston area to attend. In the past three years there have been over 200 plus attendants annually. All members are invited to attend the Senior Dinner with great food, fun skits, presents for the seniors, and a dance to top it all off. Getting together during the weekends to go out for pho or dim-sum is one of the things on the top of our activities list. We also go hiking in New Hampshire, outlet shopping in Maine, skiing, canoeing, camping, etc. To put it simply, VSA is what the members make it. Activities are organized by the members. We welcome all students of all nationalities.

To join the mailing list: hvle@mit.edu