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International Student Association Presents Annual Dinner/Show

Published: April 15, 2009

Food and entertainment from countries around the world will highlight the 43rd Annual International Dinner and Culture Show on Saturday, May 2, at The Pointe in The Walter Pyramid. The theme of this year’s celebration is “A World Portrait.” Sponsored by the International Student Association (ISA), with co-sponsorship from Associated Students Inc. and support from the Center for International Education (CIE), the Magic Lamp Mediterranean Grill & Bakery, Buona Gente Italian Restaurant, Wells Fargo Bank-CSULB Branch, and the Office of the President, the event begins at 6 p.m.

Following a dinner of international cuisines with a Mediterranean flavor prepared by Long Beach community restaurants, the program will feature musical entertainment and dancing by international students and local performers. Highlights are an African percussion performance by Yumi Tamashiro and Paul Stengel, CSULB’s Beach Bellies, Indian dances by Zakiya Shivji and friends, a saxophone performance by Nathan Jensen and even a guest magician. Along with the performances, students will display art and photos from their diverse cultures and countries and international experiences. Attendees of this year’s show are automatically entered to win prizes donated by area businesses.

Inemesit Williams, international student advisor in the CIE, encourages faculty and staff to attend and suggests that they might also consider sponsoring student assistants from their departments who might not otherwise be able to attend.

“The ISA is comprised of a very dedicated group of students, and I feel honored to be their club advisor and to be part of this annual event,” said Williams. “This event is a great opportunity for the campus and the Long Beach community to come together and celebrate our diversity by sharing cultures though food, performance and art. I hope everyone will join us as we travel around the world for an evening.”

“The ISA has been hosting the annual multicultural dinner show for over four decades now, and it has been getting better with each passing year,” added Artha Salgado, president of the ISA. “Despite the changes to the program and the theme, our goal for the event has remained the same — to exemplify diversity through cultural art, performance and cuisine, and thereby broaden the cultural horizons of all the participants. We are proud to be able to represent and showcase the diversity and individuality of the campus community and the community of Long Beach at large.”

The cost for any students with I.D. is $15. Single tickets for faculty, staff and the general public are $30 each. Table sponsorships are also available at $300, $350 and $400 levels, and sponsors will be highlighted in all promotional materials. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Inemesit Williams, Center for International Education, Brotman Hall 201, 562/985-4106 or e-mail aworldportrait@gmail.com.