King community shares myriad cultures, dance and good eating

A video with some vignettes from the King International Night performances can be found here:

More online: Read Frances Kai-Hwa Wang’s column about King International night here.

From AAPSNews Service

Hundreds braved the bitter cold this month to attend King International Night – the seventh year the Ann Arbor elementary school has offered a multi-cultural extravaganza that featured performances by 350 students and served 1,000 a potluck dinner.

The event is organized by a multitude of many, led by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, a King parent and multi-cultural writer and blogger for numerous websites (her website is; her blog at

King International Night
Some 350 students performance during the cultural extravanganza at King Elementary School.

Wang was emcee for the event, which featured a program of authentic dance and song in performances that stretched well into the evening.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools event offered 29 performances highlighting more than 25 countries. “Fabulous performances, smooth logistics, the cutest littlest dancers accenting each dance,” Wang said in a recent e-mail note to her readers. “Amazing calligraphy and Tai Chi from one grandpa. And great guest performers from both the middle school … and the high school … thanks to all my team members for making it all happen.”

International Night is an evening of pride and celebration for the King School community. It begins with an International Potluck of dishes from around the world followed by the Showcase of Student Performances including Arabic Debkeh Dance, Israeli folk dance, Korean fan dance, Bolivian Dance, Dutch song, Greek folkdance, American Hip-Hop, Indian Bollywood dance, Beijing opera, Chinese martial arts, Taiwanese ribbon dance, Japanese Okinawan dance, Gospel music and more. Due to the overflow crowd, the performances were simulcast in the school’s gymnasium.

The school is also decorated with displays from different countries and art projects.
More information about the annual event can be found at Wang’s event blog.

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