The South Asian Student Association of the University of Washington is a student organization aimed at spreading South Asian Culture to both the UW community and the greater Seattle area. We promote South Asian Culture through a number of events that range from lively social events to enlightening cultural shows. SASA heavily relies on the UW student body to help achieve the goal of spreading South Asian cultural awareness. Consequently, we actively encourage student of all ethnicities to help us foster a wider understanding of South Asian Culture.
In order to understand South Asian culture, it is important to know what defines South Asian culture. The subcontinent of South Asia comprises of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Between these countries there is an incredible amount of diversity in terms of cultural traditions. There are however some overall similarities. Within South Asia the main religions consist of Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism. These religions manifest in similar religious traditions across the region. Religions aside, each South Asian region has its own unique traits. Essentially, the people of South Asia have many cultural differences in addition to cultural similarities. It is through celebrating these differences and similarities that SASA encourages an overall healthy understanding of this rich and diverse region.
The South Asian Student Association holds many social, cultural and philanthropic events throughout the year. It is a great way to take a study break, meet new people and catch up with friends. Some of our events include: SASA Black and White Dance Party, SASA Formal Dance Party, Desi Dhamaka (Joint event with other organizations), Game Nights, Movie Nights, Networking Nights