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Story by Yurika Masuda | EOU Journalism Student
February 22, 2013
Photo by Yurika Masuda / ISA members rehearse a Japanese dance called “Soran Bushi.”
LA GRANDE, Ore. – The International Student Association at Eastern Oregon University has jumped into its busiest time of year with preparations underway for the 26th annual International Dinner and Show on March 2.
The event is designed to share the beauty and power of diversity with EOU students, faculty, staff and the community. Based on the theme “A Whole New World,” over 10 different countries will be represented with traditional cuisine and performances.
“International students appreciate the opportunity to experience American culture here at EOU, where more personal and intimate relationships occur,” said Leona Ndabvonga, a senior from Zimbabwe. “The ISA members also make me feel at home and I like sharing ‘first time in America’ adventures together!”
Dinner starts at 5 p.m. in the Gilbert Center adjacent to Ackerman Hall. On the menu will be popular foods from North and South America, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa and Europe.
Sample lumpia pastry rolls from the Philippines, grilled dishes from South Korea called galbi, coconut plantains from Micronesia, Jakarasi from Zimbabwe, Swiss-style fondue – all prepared by students following tradition methods while also catering to the American palate. A world map on display will also explain the historical and geographical background of each traditional dish.
ISA members will also be selling brown bag lunches following the dinner and donating the proceeds to help assist people in need.
After the dinner at 7 p.m., the show leads attendees to McKenzie Theater in Loso Hall, where the ISA will introduce multiple cultures through performances and a new approach: audience interaction and exchange intended to build a sense of togetherness beyond borders.
In addition to the traditional warrior dance from New Zealand, Haka, flag entrance and international fashion show representing students’ traditional clothing, the lineup of performances also includes the “Gangnam style” dance made well known by South Korean pop artist Psy.
Approximately 80 international students representing over 20 nations are currently ISA members.
“ISA welcomes the membership of not only international students, but also local students,” said Chun Teo, an EOU senior from Malaysia. “We hope to let more people know about our cultures and histories through ISA.”
General admission tickets may be purchased individually for the dinner or show for $8 each, or $10 to attend both events. Students with ID pay $5 for the dinner or show, or $8 for both. Tickets are available at the EOU Bookstore and Looking Glass Books.
For more information contact Janet Camp, ISA advisor, at 541-962-3406 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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