Photo Story: ‘The Naga and The Prince’

A look at the Cambodian Student Association’s 12th annual Khmer Night performances

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By Grant Hurd, OMN Photographer

Kytan Van, a senior at Oregon State University, poses on stage.

Grant Hurd, OMN Photographer

The Cambodian Student Association put on their 12th annual Khmer Night: The Naga and The Prince on Saturday, Feb. 26 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. This event showcased Cambodian culture with free authentic food, performances, fashion and a skit. 

The festivities featured a virtual performance from the Khmer Performing Arts crew with a Blessing Dance, an video interview with an inspiring Khmer restaurant owner in Portland, Ore., a monk temple virtual tour, an in-person fashion show highlighting traditional Khmer clothing, and for fun, the CSA officers performed a dance at the event.

One of the main performances at the event was the skit, The Naga and The Prince. This year’s skit was based on a Khmer folktale about a love story between the Naga (Dragon) Princess and Prince Thong, which is the origin story of the Khmer people.

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Eric Kong, left, and Karree Lee stand on stage together.
Eric Kong, left, a junior at Oregon State University; Karree Lee, OSU senior and president of the Cambodian Student Association.
(By Grant Hurd, OMN Photographer)

 

Christian Her, left, Jet Ittihrit, and Austin Peng, right, stand together on stage while Ittihrit speaks into a microphone.
Christian Her, left, a junior at Oregon State University; Jet Ittihrit, OSU senior; Austin Peng, right, OSU junior. (By Grant Hurd, OMN Photographer)

 

Christian Her, left, Aaren Kong and Austin Peng, right, stand together on stage. Ittihrit speaks into a microphone while the other two hold up a boat prop made of cardboard.
Christian Her, left, a junior at Oregon State University; Aaren Kong, fifth-year OSU student; Austin Peng, right, OSU junior. (By Grant Hurd, OMN Photographer)

 

Aaren Kong, left, and Austin Peng lay on their stomachs on stage while Kong speaks into the microphone.
Aaren Kong, left, fifth-year Oregon State University student; Austin Peng, an OSU junior. (By Grant Hurd, OMN Photographer)

 

A group of students act out a fight scene with sword props made of cardboard on stage.
Matt Watkins, fifth-year Oregon State University student; Aaren Kong, fifth-year OSU student; Alex Uth, OSU senior; Christian Her, OSU junior; Lucy, OSU freshman. (By Grant Hurd, OMN Photographer)

 

Tyler Strid, left, and Karthik Vijay stand together on stage while giving peace signs with their hands.
Tyler Strid, left, Oregon State University freshman; Karthik Vijay, OSU junior. (By Grant Hurd, OMN Photographer)

 

Kytan Van, left, and Christina Nguyen stand together on stage with their arms together to form a heart.
Kytan Van, left, a senior at Oregon State University; Christina Nguyen, OSU senior. (By Grant Hurd, OMN Photographer)

 

A group of students are dancing in sync on stage.
Kailey Lam, Oregon State University freshman; Austin Peng, OSU junior; Matt Watkins, fifth-year OSU student; Aaren Kong, fifth-year OSU student; Jet Ittihrit, OSU senior; Kevin Chau, fifth-year OSU student. (By Grant Hurd, OMN Photographer)

 

A group of students are dancing in sync on stage.
Austin Peng, Oregon State University junior; Karree Lee, OSU senior; Christian Her, OSU junior; Eric Kong, OSU junior; Kailey Lam, OSU freshman; Jet Ittihrit, OSU senior; Aaren Kong, fifth-year OSU student; Kevin Chau, fifth-year OSU student. (By Grant Hurd, OMN Photographer)

 

A group of students pose together on stage.
Austin Peng, Oregon State University junior; Devon Chan, OSU junior; Karree Lee, OSU senior; Eric Kong, OSU junior; Kailey Lam, OSU freshman; Jet Ittihrit, OSU senior; Kevin Chau, fifth-year OSU student; Matt Watkins, fifth-year OSU student; Aaren Kong, fifth-year OSU student; Christian Her, OSU junior. (By Grant Hurd, OMN Photographer)

 

A large crowd mingle amongst themselves as they sit around tables.
There was a large turn-out at this year’s Cambodian Student Association culture night, “2022 Khmer Night: The Naga and The Prince.” (By Grant Hurd, OMN Photographer)