Students share cultures through international event for community

  Wednesday, February 28, 2018 2:00 AM
  Campus Culture, News, People and Society

Pittsburg, KS

Students share cultures through international event for community

In what students have compared to a scaled-down version of the United Nations, the International Food & Culture Fair is planned for Saturday from 5-8 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine.

The long-running even provides a globe-trotting experience for students, faculty, staff, and the community. A variety of food samples from around the world can be enjoyed from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the lower level, followed by cultural performances starting at 6:30 p.m. on stage in the main auditorium. 

This event is open to the community. Entry fee is $1 per person, plus $1 per food sample while supplies last.  

Thirteen countries will be represented this year at the fair, which is put on by the Pittsburg State University International Student Association, with assistance from the Office of International Programs and Services. Those students come from China, Paraguay, India, Taiwan, South Korea, France, Brazil, Pakistan, Banghladesh, Kazkhstan, Africa, Chile and Saudi Arabia. 

Tickets may be used to purchase food samples that range from empanadas from Paraguay — always a fast seller! — to Bauyrsak, a soup from Kazkhstan. Taiwanese students will be serving their popular bubble tea, braised pork rice, and Chinese tea eggs.  

As part of African student association, we will be showcasing some modern African dances," said Michael Brou, a student in Finance. "We are putting together a performance with a modern African tune and a traditional feel. We have been participating at the event every year and each year gets more exciting than the previous." 

Jackie Leo, a graduate student in Communication who served as last year's Master of Ceremonies, said the international students are extremely dedicated about the event each year and excited to share their cultures with others. 

"The event is most valuable to the community," Leo said. "It’s a small version of the United Nations." 

Learn more about the International Student Association at

Learn more about the Office of International Programs and Services at