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LWC International Festival has representatives from 10 countries
The event showcases food and culture of International students at Lindsey Lindsey Wilson College. Local residents have a chance to show local culture to the students. The International Student Programs is looking for host parents. While the students live on campus, during their time in Columbia- Adair County, they are paired with area families, who introduce them to South-central Kentucky culture. Contact Sabine Eastham, Director, at 270-382-8236 or at email@example.com. Families in Casey, Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, Russell, and Taylor Counties, as well as Adair, are encouraged to participate.
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by Mark Bischof
On Tuesday, April 4, 2016, the International Student Programs at Lindsey Wilson College presented the 2016 International Festival - A Passport to the World, drawing 234 students, staff, faculty and Columbia residents. Ten countries were represented, each having a creative and informative presentation, together with delicious foods that the students cooked themselves. You could find anything from Swedish Meatballs, to Arepas - tasty cornmeal cakes stuffed with meat and or cheese, that can be found in Latin American countries, the good old German staple of Bratwurst and a succulent dish made with Plantains, just to name a few.
Amongst the presenters were Felix Casa del Valle, a graduated communication major, and his family who pitched in to bring together a wonderful Arroz con Pollo dish (Cuba) that proved to be a crowd favorite. In addition to the food that has been a mainstay in years past, the International Festival boasted many multi-sensory games and activities for the young and the old.
One stood out specifically, "Nagashi Somen", where the Japanese student team combined tradition, culture, food as well as activity and presented a challenge in which you have to grab the special Somen noodles as they quickly flow down a bamboo trough. In order to find the proper ingredients, the students had to travel far to get the perfect noodle.
Over 40 students were involved, spending countless hours finding the perfect recipe, creating displays, and cooking their favorite dishes.
This proved to pay off well, as fun was had by all. Many of the countries put on live performances, teaching dances such as the Macarena and countless other songs. In addition, Korea and Japan showed off their singing skills with a Lip-Sync battle, using popular songs from their home country that are known throughout America.
The feedback from the diverse crowd was overwhelmingly positive. They said that they learned many new things, from writing their name in many languages, to how much an international airline ticket would cost. Overall, many people got a glimpse of how huge and diverse this planet can be.
Visitors were asked to vote on many aspects of the displays, including the attractiveness and creativity of the display, the info provided and feedback given. The winners, having faced intense competition by the representatives of the other countries, turned out to be the students from Uganda, Ms. Lucy Namulemo and Mr. Derrick Kisita, whose hard work payed off, as they won a travel basket full of goodies that could be useful in the long travels that many of these student face.
Overall, the students, faculty, and staff worked well together to pull off one of the best events on campus.
The International Student Programs is looking for host parents. While the students live on campus, during their time in Columbia- Adair County, they are paired with area families, who introduce them to South-central Kentucky culture. If you or anybody you know is interested in being a host parent, or have any questions regarding the program, please feel free to contact Sabine Eastham at 270-382-8236 or at firstname.lastname@example.org . Residents in surrounding counties are encouraged to apply.
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