International students at Northwestern College will give area residents the opportunity to experience the food, music, dance and customs of countries from around the world during the college’s annual Ethnic Fair Saturday, March 26.
Hosted by Northwestern’s International Club, the event will run from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Rowenhorst Student Center gymnasium. An all-you-can-eat meal of authentic Japanese, Korean, Ethiopian, Nepali, Indian, Thai and Canadian food is included in the admission price of $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 10 years old. There is no cost for children under age 5; those not eating will be charged an entry fee of $1 per person. Anyone who brings their own plate and silverware will get $1 off the cost of their meal.
The evening’s entertainment will begin with a fashion show featuring international students wearing the traditional clothing of their home countries. The program will include songs and dances, such as a Taiwanese fan dance and a dance from India. A “Chopstick Challenge” will test participants’ dexterity with chopsticks. There will also be displays about international students’ countries—with flags, photos and artifacts from each nation.
“The Ethnic Fair is a great opportunity to share and celebrate who we are and the cultures we represent,” says Ming-Chen (Grace) Rohrer, Northwestern’s international student counselor. “We want people to enjoy the food and entertainment, see the beauty of diversity, and be part of our global community.”
Northwestern’s International Club is composed of more than 200 students from Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, Oman, Romania, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States.