The Homecoming Royal Court competed Tuesday for the hard-fought titles of King and Queen. Ten contestants chosen from several student organizations on campus showcased their talents in the costume, performance and evening wear segments to see who deserves this year’s crown and the right to make an appearance at the Homecoming football game Saturday.
Raised in Canada with an Indian-British father and English-Irish mother, Avan Jogia is definitely what you could call “mixed.” At the core of his poetry reading at the Storrs Center Barnes and Noble last night was a message of acceptance and discussion about people of mixed racial identity. Providing for an intimate venue, the bookstore was packed last night with students who were lucky enough to hear the actor, director and writer excerpt stylings from his new book, “Mixed Feelings.”
Our seven-minute performance included monologues about the three provinces of Tibet. Each monologue was followed by dance from that province. The final dance was a popular Tibetan gorshey (circle dance), meant to symbolize unity. You can watch the entire performance recorded by UCTV for free. Several students, primarily international Chinese students, were disturbed by our performance and began booing.