By Tán | April 2, 2011
What an amazing sight to behold! The event took place in the many rooms above the Economou Dining Hall in the Student Center. There were many people that attended and much food to be handed out. The stench of egg rolls wafted around Regis North and South, while students popped Pakistani donuts into their mouths. I was not a part of it but I did attend with my roommate because one of my friends that did work a food table wanted us to come and have sushi.
All around we saw Japanese boys and girls in their traditional clothing, kimonos. Also, there were Chinese and Japanese calligraphy artists there that would write your name in their respective native languages! It was so amazing to see them perform such swift motions of the brush and produce such wonderful looking symbols! And the people that did it were hilarious, throwing in their little jokes when they could! Apparently, there were many ways of writing my name (can you guess which one it is?)
Another interesting facet of Global Fest were the native dances of certain nationalities! For example, students got to learn how to salsa dance! It was a funny sight to see but I was glad that people were actually involved in the event instead of just sitting back and watching. I didn’t stay long enough for the African/Bellydancing portion because my friends wanted to leave but I am sure that was fun to watch! Kinda upset I missed it.
It was a fun night and I am glad I attended it because I attend very few events (the last was probably Oktoberfest!). I realized I should probably get more involved with my own culture because I wasn’t raised into it that much, and thus I am more Americanized than I am in touch with the Vietnamese culture. But I love the diversity that Canisius brought last night, it made me extremely happy!
P.S Keep praying for Japan! Donate or help in any way you can. They need our help more than ever right now!