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How many times can you ride the same roller coaster before those initial feelings of terror disappear? Oh, it can be so surprising the first time around, when you don’t know exactly how fast you will go, how deep the drops will be, how loudly you’ll scream when you go into that hairpin turn. 

Vietnamese United Methodist Church is one of several in Grand Rapids that offers services in Vietnamese. According to Western Michigan University, there are about 6,000 people of Vietnamese descent living in Grand Rapids alone.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College recently got an international studies grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create programs that center around South Asia - countries like India, Pakistan, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam.

Stryke Force teammates from left to right: Kyra Kothawala, Freddie Ouding, and Jack Bruinwood. The team has about 40 members in all.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Last month, Kalamazoo-area robotics team Stryke Force won the robotics world championship in St. Louis, Missouri. Its members beat out more than 3,000 teams from around the world.

Kalamazoo College performs 'In The Heights'
Malavika Rao

It might be a while before you see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash hit “Hamilton” in Kalamazoo. But right now theatre-goers can see Miranda’s first Tony award winning musical, “In the Heights” at the Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College. It runs May 11th through May 14th

Becky Staple dances at rehearsal for Early Music Michigan's performance of the works of Hildegard von Bingen at the Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Around this time of year, Western Michigan University students leave campus for the summer - and about three thousand medieval scholars move in. The annual International Congress on Medieval Studies is popular with academics, but this year Western is trying something new to get regular folks involved.