The choice at Market Day is overwhelming.
The various Clubs and Societies do their best to entice students with offers of stimulating academic events, social connections with like-minded members and usually, the promise of free food.
The range of organisations that are relevant to CAP students is particularly broad.
Whether you are a first year or a returner, you are likely to find a group that caters to your interests.
In order to navigate these choices, we turn the spotlight on a few particularly successful clubs in 2018.
- The Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA @ ANU) is a not-for-profit, apolitical organisation which acts as a bridge between Australian and Chinese youth. It has a growing number of sister clubs located in China, as well as a community online. On campus, it runs social gatherings, language workshops and a speaker series with subject matter experts.
- The Association for Defence and Security Studies (ADSS) is a hub for those with a love of national security. They run a wide range of events, including everything from Wargames (a simulation of an intelligence crisis scenario) to Careers Nights to the swapping of online news, spicy memes and banter on the member’s page.
- The College of Asia Pacific Students’ Society (CAPSS) is the go-to for educational and social events for CAP students. This society is responsible for the annual CAPS College Ball, but also run events focused on the region, such as last year’s ‘Documentaries and Chill: The Pacific Region’ or ‘Feminism in the Asia-Pacific Region.’
- The ANU K-Pop Club is a group for all K-Pop and K-Drama enthusiasts. The club explores Korean culture through music, film, language, fashion and beauty events. Past examples include the popular K-Pop karaoke. This year, they aim to extend their membership into the wider Canberra community. President Pavana describes the club’s diversity and flexibility as one of its distinguishing features, saying, “Not only is the demographics of our members very broad, the field of K-Pop itself is also very broad which allows for greater possibilities and opportunities for people to express their interests.”
- The Monsoon Project is a student-run publication which features academic articles and opinion pieces on all things Asia-Pacific. Their in-print edition is circulated annually, as well as regular showcases on their website. Since 2016, the group has also collaborated with the academic course, ASIA3024 Digital Frontiers in the Asia Pacific: a media practicum, to provide students with an experience of academic blogging in return for course credit.
- The ANU Kabuki Za troupe presents traditional Japanese performing arts as a means of sharing Japanese culture. The troupe rehearses regularly in preparation for their annual Semester Two performance. Alongside this, they perform at schools and create props backstage – a process which is itself an insight into the Japanese arts. Although actors can practice the language, no prior knowledge of Japanese is required. President Claire Waka Okumura encourages people to join saying, “2018 is our 41st year, and we hope to welcome many new members to continue this rich culture away from its homeland.”
There are also a number of clubs that are particular to a specific country or region. These aim to foster cultural awareness and appreciation. They welcome both homesick international students and curious domestic students and are best contacted via their Facebook pages (below).
By CAP student correspondent Georgie Juszczyk.