Food and entertainment from countries around the world will highlight the 42nd Annual International Dinner and Culture Show on Saturday, April 26, at The Pointe in The Walter Pyramid. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Spirit of Humanity.” Sponsored by the International Student Association (ISA), with co-sponsorship from Associated Students Inc. (ASI) and support from the Center for International Education (CIE) and the Office of the President and Provost, the event begins at 6 p.m. Following a dinner of international cuisines prepared by The Grand, the program will feature musical entertainment and dancing by international students and local performers, among them Tahitian dances by Brandy Bandaruk, Salsa by the CSULB Salsa Club, African dances by Aziz and Friends, and Danza Azteca Chichimeca performing Native American dances. Along with the performances, students will display memorabilia and photos from their diverse cultures and countries. Attendees of this year’s show are automatically entered to win raffle prizes donated by area businesses.
Kee Chang, international student advisor in the Center for International Education, 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. “This is a great opportunity for students to experience the different performances and food. Hopefully, opening their eyes to the rich treasure trove of various cultures CSULB and city of Long Beach has to offer. And let’s not forget the chance to win prizes.”
“We chose the theme ‘Spirit of Humanity’ in light of the recent President’s Forum on International Rights,” added Woo Sung Jung, president of ISA. “Through sharing of food and performances of different cultures, we hope to exemplify the value of diversity. I am glad we are able to contribute to this diversity represented on this campus and the city of Long Beach.”
The cost for students is $20. Single tickets for faculty, staff and the general public are $30 each. Be sure to get your tickets early, as seating is limited for this special event. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Center for International Education, in Brotman Hall, Room 201 or call 562/985-4106.