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Coffee transports students abroad

Students experience different cultures during International Education Week

By Anna Curtis
On November 30, 2018

A cup of coffee or tea warmed the hands of students who visited the International Programs department in Linn Hall on Nov. 12. 

In honor of International Education Week, students who attended the event were engulfed in different cultures from around the world just by tasting various types of tea or coffee. 

Coffee or tea was available from Kenya, Ethiopia, Colombia, Taiwan and China. These were just a few of the options open to try.

Appetizers included Turkish Baklava, Santa andagi or Okinawan Doughnuts, native to the Japanese island of Okinawa, were also served. 

Fresh vegetables and pita chips were accompanied by Muhammara hummus, originally from Syria.   

Every half an hour, a different demonstration was presented by the international students. A few of these demonstrations ranged from native songs or dances from Indonesia to how to make Indian Chai tea or Turkish coffee. 

Each presentation was a window into that culture. Andris Mahulette and Jesika Rozella, Kirkwood students both from Indonesia, showcased their country’s different songs. 

However, not all the residents from one state understand the same language. “There are 734 different languages in Asia,” said Mahulette. 

So, it’s not surprising that not everyone follows these songs. Especially if they are from a different region of a country where a different dialect is spoken.   

If the international students were not entertaining guests with their demonstrations, they were chatting with visitors. 

One of these students is Hilary Houenou, a graphic design major, from West Africa’s Ivory Coast. This is her third year at KCC and she said she has enjoyed meeting new people and learning about American culture. 

She added, “I wish more Americans would come to West Africa.” She said she felt that the number of Americans who were interested in learning about another culture was limited.  

From left to right: Kirkwood students Ana Soares, Jesika Rozella and Andris Mahulette performing traditional songs
from Indonesia during International Education Week. Photo by Jessica Earle.

Kirkwood student Andris Mahulette, occupational fire safety, performs an Indonesian Cultural Dance on Nov. 12
as part of International Education Week. Photo by Jessica Earle.

Some of the many types of international food offered during International Coffee and Tea Time on Nov 12. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND.

Lauren Klaahsen (Liberal Arts) poses for a photo during Passports, Photos, and Pizza, part of International Education Week. 
Photo by Mitch Grauberger.


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