International Dinner Offers A Taste of Both International Food and Culture

April 08, 2010

The Mount Union College Association of International Students (AIS) hosted its annual International Dinner in the Mount Union dining commons on Saturday, November 7.


Ikuho Horiuchi

With the theme 'See the World in Your Plate, ' the dinner featured foods from such countries as Japan, Germany, China, France, Spain, and Brazil. Appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, and deserts offered a wide variety of culturally diverse food. From spicy shrimp and potato soup to spring rolls, the menu was as exciting as the conversation and entertainment.

AIS entertainment was hosted by Fumin Yang, a senior from China, and Caroline (Ngoc) Han, a sophomore from Vietnam.

'The entertainment was fun because it got everyone involved and we had a great time,' said Ali Chandler, a junior from England. 'It was impressive to have such diversity in such a small town as Alliance.'

Music was also incorporated into the night when AIS members put on a humorous salsa dance show. Estibalitz Gete Moreno, a foreign language assistant at Mount Union, performed a Basque song and dance, and senior AIS member Michelle Fergason, a junior from Alliance, performed her own original English songs with other AIS members. To raise money for the Red Cross, a T-shirt was auctioned.

Many audience members as well as AIS members dressed in their country's native clothing. German, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Chinese were just a few of the cultures represented by costume. AIS member Aki Oda, a freshman from Japan said, 'My favorite part of the international dinner was to see everyone dressed up in their own country's clothing, eating food from all over the world, and gathering together with people from around the world. Also, It was fun to help prepare the food for the dinner, because this was the first time I had tried to cook different types of food.'

About 150 Mount Union faculty, staff, students, family and friends, as well as Alliance community members attended the event.

'This was my first International Dinner,' said AIS member Monica Goncalves, a senior from Massillon. 'AIS worked hard on the decorations, entertainment, food, advertisement, and ticket selling to prepare for the dinner.'

Dr. William Coleman, professor of communication, said, 'The dinner was very well organized, and the students did a significant amount of work to make it a success.'

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