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Cultural Groups

Chinese Students Club

The MIT 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.

Our events include cultural activities, such as our annual Chinese New Year’s Banquet and Mooncake Festival, social events, such as study breaks, parties and semi-formals, community service programs, and athletic tournaments.

If you are interested, come stop by our booth at the Activities Fair Midway or visit our library on the fourth floor of the Student Center during R/O! Please e-mail us if you have any questions. You can check our web page for a schedule of our R/O events.

Shortly after our R/O events, we will hold our first general meeting on Tuesday, September 12, in the West Lounge at Stratton Student Center. for more information visit <http://web.mit.edu/csc/www/> or e-mail <csc@mit.edu>.

Chinese Student and Scholar Association

MIT CSSA was registered eight years ago. We have grown to be one of the largest cultural groups on campus since then. By name, the major body of our members are Chinese, especially graduate students, but everyone is welcomed to join our activities and services.

One of the most popular services we provide is our bulletin board system. People can post and read messages about housing, sales and social events. You can find all kinds of fun events in our calendar. We celebrate every traditional Chinese holiday. This fall, there is a cruise on the night of the Mid-autumn. People will dance, have moon cake and watch the bright full moon on the sea. There will be an annual China National Day concert on October 1, Chinese New Year concert, Spring Festival party and Festival of Lanterns party. In weekends, we sponsor dancing parties and Chinese movie shows.

What’s more, we organize many seminars dedicated to Chinese culture. For example, there are forums about China Higher Education Reform and eastern and western cultural difference. We invite famous chefs to teach us Chinese cooking. There will be a seminar about resolving stress at MIT too. What’s more, our regular social hours provide great opportunities for members to meet friends and exchange ideas.

For more information, visit <http://web.mit.edu/cssa/www/>.

European Club

Our club is one of the largest, most diverse and most active student activities at MIT. We currently have about 250 full members and 2,300 subscribers to our official e-mail list. Most are Europeans, but there are also people from all other parts of the world. They are mainly graduate students or visiting scholars on a graduate level, but we also have a large number of PostDocs and some undergrads.

We have a tradition of organizing a variety of events. In the fall, we go on a three-day hiking and foliage trip to New Hampshire or Vermont. We have a downhill ski weekend in January and a cross-country ski trip in February. In March we pay a visit to the Big Apple (New York). On Memorial Day weekend in May, we drive to Maine or upstate New York for white-water rafting.

We are organizing the annual European Career Fair at MIT, which is establishing itself as a major event and a unique venue for companies seeking to recruit graduates from the world-class universities of Greater Boston. Over 30 companies presented themselves at the 4rd European Career Fair in January200, which attracted some 1000 students. Information on the 5th European Career Fair is planned for this academic year will be available at the European Career Fair home page.

Of course, we also have several on-campus events each term such as barbecues and parties, e.g., the illustrious wine & cheese parties, which alone are already reason enough for many to join the club. Check us out on the web at <http://euroclub.mit.edu>. To subscribe to our mailing list to keep informed of our activities visit <http://euroclub.mit.edu/e-mail.html>.

Filipino Student Association

Camaraderie, outings, and fun are what MIT’s Filipino Student Association is all about. Afraid of missing lichon, adobo, or lumpia during your college years? Come to our casual and friendly get-togethers at local Filipino cuisine restaurants! Yearning to learn tagalog or help others learn to speak the native tongue? We have on-going classes throughout the year, as well as those “movie nights” that are both interesting and fun.

MITFSA is a group of students of Filipino descent (of course, everyone is always welcome - the more the merrier!) that meet 3-4 times during the term, exploring the Philippine culture through togetherness. During the term activities include: our lecture series - an enlightening experience to hear prominent speakers; sports such as basketball, volleyball, and pool; and Tagalog Class, taught by a knowledgeable professor and native speakers.

So if you’re a newly landed freshman, grad student, or even transfer- drop us an e-mail at <mitfsa@mit.edu> or visit <http://www.mit.edu/activities/mitfsa/> to learn more about our group!

Hungarian Student Association

The Hungarian Student Association of MIT was founded six years ago to organize programs for those who speak Hungarian or interested in Hungarian culture. The Association also helps to introduce our culture to the wider MIT community.

We hold movie nights, parties and hiking trips and also maintain a mailing list on which all Hungarian related programs in the Boston area are posted.

The association has about 30 graduate and 20 undergraduate members, with around 300 people on the mailing list <hungarians@mit.edu>. Everyone is welcome to join the mailing list or participate in programs, though a working knowledge of Hungarian language is advantageous. The webpage of the Hungarian Student Association of MIT is <http://web.mit.edu/hungarians/www/>.

Hindu Students Council

HSC aims to educate the MIT community on Hinduism through events such as discussions, prayers, and celebrations of Hindu festivals. It has been around intermittently on the MIT campus and was most recently revived last year.

There are approximately 50 regular members. Committee members attend one meeting a week, otherwise people are free to attend any event they wish.

The group is made of both graduate students and undergraduates, most of whom are Hindus, although anyone can join.

The first meeting of the term will be sometime in September. E-mail <hsc-exec@mit.edu> for more information.

Pangaea

Pangaea is a brand-new organization on campus working on increasing the appreciation of diversity on campus. It was created in March 2000 after a small group of us returned from Leadershape, an inspiring leadership program held during IAP. Even though we were all very different (members of International Students’ Association, African Students’ Association, Black Women’s Alliance, and Chinese Students’ Club), we realized we all has a similar vision for the Institute: more interaction between people of different backgrounds. After all, that’s what college is about, right? Broadening your horizons....

While some of us do work on major projects such as videos on race relations and serve different institute committees, we’re really just interested in getting people together to share their culture though dance and food as well as talk about and debate racial issues in a casual setting. Our tentative plans for the semester are mixers in dormatories and on the student center steps, informal discussion sessions, speakers, and community service.

If you have any questions, e-mail us at <pangaea-exec@mit.edu>.

International Film Club

The International Film Club holds free film screenings on campus once or twice a week, typically on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Each screening is preceeded by a brief introduction given by student members of I-Film or by special guests, such as faculty members or filmmakers. We also cosponsor film screenings with other student groups on campus, and we have worked on two joint film series with the Center for Bilingual/Bicultural Studies.

I-Film tries to focus on films that have not gotten the exposure they deserve in the Boston area. I-Film has about 550 members on its film announcement mailing list, and screenings are typically attended by 30-60 people.

To find out more about I-Film, e-mail <ifilm@mit.edu>, or visit our website at <http://web.mit.edu/ifilm/www/>. In addition to information about I-Film screenings, the website has instructions on how to join our mailing list, and links to local cinemas, film festivals, and other film-related sites.

Irgun Mishtalmim Israelim -- the Israeli Scholars Organization

The Irgun Mishtalmim Israelim (Hebrew for “Israeli Scholars Organization” and abbreviated by its Hebrew acronym, AMI) is a club for Israeli students and visiting scholars at MIT. AMI’s main activities are Israeli-oriented events and social get-togethers. AMI also provides information, and in some cases tickets, for Israeli events in the Boston area, such as movies and concerts. It also serves as a contact point and source of information about MIT for newly-arrived Israelis, and about Israel for members of the MIT community. Most participants are Israeli graduate students and post-docs in their 20’s and early 30’s. Non-Israeli guests are also welcome at and often attend AMI activities, although the main language is usually Hebrew.

AMI was founded last year as an independent organization of and for Israelis, effectively replacing previously existing Israel-related campus groups. Last year’s activities included several informal get-togethers, a Purim party, a Rabin Memorial Day event, a Yom HaZikaron ceremony and Yom HaAtzamaut party and BBQ, and involvement with off-campus events such as concerts (Rami Kleinstien, David Broza and Sanderson/Gov) and a job fair. If you would like to help organize an event or activity, or if you have suggestions for events, please e-mail us at <ami-peilim@mit.edu>. Note that events for the Fall semester should be proposed at the beginning of September.

All Israelis are encouraged to join the mailing list <israel@mit.edu>, which is the central MIT Israeli mailing list.

Japanese Society of Undergraduates

JSU was founded in 1998 in order to make Japanese culture a more available one for the undergraduate community of MIT. Any one who is interested in Japanese culture, both modern and traditional, and language is welcome to our events. Our events include: annual cookout, study breaks, karaoke nights, etc. For more info please contact: <jsu-officers@mit.edu> or check out our website at <http://web.mit.edu/jsu/www>.

Korean Students’ Association

The Korean Students’ Association exists as a non-political club to provide opportunities for Korean and non-Korean undergraduates at MIT to understand and explore Korean people and culture.

The goals of the MIT Korean Students Association are to bring together the diverse groups among the Korean-American community to learn about each other and themselves through social and philanthropic events, to learn about issues involving the Korean community and to provide opportunities to become involved in them, and to increase awareness of Korean-American issues in the larger MIT community.

To these aims, it holds many social, cultural, athletic, and community service events throughout the year, open to the entire MIT community. Annual events include the Korean Culture Show, a volleyball tournament, various DongSeng Program events and a math competition for local Korean students.

For more information, contact <ksa@mit.edu> or visit our webpage at <http://web.mit.edu/ksa/www/intro.htm>. Come meet our members by checking the Daily Confusion for KSA events.

La Union Chicano por Aztlan

Our organization, La Union Chicano por Aztlan, (Lucha), is dedicated to proving both cultural and academics support to students who identify in any way with Mexican-American culture. We accomplish this mainly by building strong friendships. In the process, we are able to benefit from academic review sessions organized by our cabazones, enchilada dinners prepared by our cocineros, discussions lead by our politicos, performances re-enacted by our artistas, conferences planned by our representates and the list goes on.

The diversity within LUChA reflects the fact that Chicano culture has evolved to include influences from about every region of the U.S. and rest of the world. You will also find similar variety in the views held among our members. Our different backgrounds naturally prompt differing responses in any given situation, but our common goals allow us to remain united and move forward. Besides, all of us hold a common ground, MIT. LUChA unites its members into close-knit family that provides support and comfort from the stressful MIT life.

Look for specific meeting times and dates in our LUChA announcement board in the infinite corridor near Building 4. If you have any questions, please contact LUChA at <lucha@mit.edu>.

Society for Hong Kong-China Affairs

The Society for Hong Kong-China Affairs (SHKCA) is a student group focused on promoting awareness, interest, and concern regarding the political, social, cultural and economic affairs of Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. Composed of undergraduate and graduate students and alumni, SHKCA works also to promote the advancement of human rights and democracy in China.

SHKCA was founded in 1989 by a group of MIT students protesting the June 4th Chinese military crackdown on civilian and student demonstrators in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. SHKCA joined forces with other human rights organizations to support the student democracy movement in the People’s Republic of China. Since then, SHKCA has organized and participated in many events that help advance the cause of human rights through rational and non-violent means.

If you would like to get involved organizing our exciting lectures and in contacting speakers, please e-mail <hkc-affairs@mit.edu>. This society is a great opportunity to learn about the current developments in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Look for our booth in the Activities Midway!

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. 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. The Societo hopes that members will use Esperanto to learn about other languages, countries, and cultures.

Members of the Societo teach several levels of classes during IAP. During the term, the Societo holds 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.

For more information: visit <http://web.mit.edu/esperanto/www/> or e-mail <speak@mit.edu>

Turkish Student Association

The Turkish Student Association (TSA) of MIT promotes friendship and interaction between club members and members of the American community, other international groups at MIT and in the surrounding Boston area. Among the goals of the organization is introduction of Turkish Culture, customs, and history.

We also function as a semi-official support group for students of Turkish descent studying at MIT, regardless of whether they are from Turkey, the US, or elsewhere, as well as non-Turkish members who are simply interested in Turkish culture. TSA has been active on the MIT campus since at least as far back as 1975, according to our records. We typically number around 70-75 members from various departments, years, faculty, and staff even though our activities often include subsets of that number, depending on interest.

If you are interested in joining our organization or would like to find out more about us, contact us via e-mail at <TSA-Exec@mit.edu> or visit our homepage at <http://mit.edu/tsa/>. Our first meeting will be scheduled sometime within the first 2 weeks of the term and is often preceded by a well-attended group dinner at one of the local Turkish restaurants. Since the primary intent is to welcome newcomers and introduce ourselves, please keep your calendars open for the first couple of weeks of the term!

Enjoy your time at MIT; good health and best of luck in your studies.

Vietnamese Students Association

Formed in the late 1970s by a group of Vietnamese immigrant students, the MIT Vietnamese Students Association (VSA) has continued to grow and sustain the strong bonds and friendships that helped create the club almost thirty years ago. Our greatest diversity lies with the fact that we are mostly made up of Vietnamese-born and American-born members.

As a club, we often spend our time together enjoying and appreciating good cuisine from a local restaurant or from the fine culinary talents of the members. Other activities that we hold include the “Freshmen Welcome Dinner” at Pho Pasteur, a fall intercollegiate dance, an impressive performance for the intercollegiate Tet festival, and a grande finale with the “Farewell Senior Dinner.” Also this year, the VSA will be hosting its first symposium about the Vietnamese-American’s role in society.

All students are always welcomed to join the MIT VSA. Please visit our webpage at web.mit.edu/vsa/www/ for more information. If you have any questions about the club, contact the officers at <vsa-request@mit.edu>.