Last Saturday, March 18th, the Intercultural Club (ICC) at Green Mountain College presented to the community its annual Global Bazaar. Traditionally, for the event, international students prepare a variety of foods from their countries and invite students, staff, and community members to participate. The event took place in the East Room, on campus, from 8:00pm to 9:30pm. Thanh Nguyen, a senior international student from Vietnam, has participated in Global Bazaar every year, and she did not want to miss her last opportunity to share a typical dish from her hometown with the college and community. Thanh claims that, “Global Bazaar is a great annual event where we invite everyone to join and enjoy food of different cultures from the diverse range of international students.”
In this event, some international students that prepared a dish also wore traditional clothes and shared music from their countries. Those who attended, learned about other countries’ gastronomy, music, and culture, while also having fun. Thanh’s dish this year is called Gỏi cuốn, and she described it as a, “Vietnamese wrap with shrimp, pineapple, lettuce, and onion.” According to Thanh, she received positive feedback from students about her dish, as well as about other dishes and the event overall. In total, this year’s event had the participation of thirteen ICC members, from nine different countries; Japan, Spain, China, France, Vietnam, Burma-Shan State, Burma, Thailand and the United States. Thanh observed that, “a lot of people came, making the event a successful one. They enjoyed the food and listening to the music from other countries with great company.”
As a senior student who has experienced four Global Bazaars at Green Mountain College, Thanh thinks that this event, “is important because it provides an opportunity for American students and international students to interact with each other in a joyful atmosphere.” She says that the Global Bazaar is an event that should continue in the future because it, “helps make international students feel that they are appreciated in this community; where they can use their voices and can contribute to diversity through their culture and traditions.” Thanh got a really good impression from her last Global Bazaar at Green Mountain College, and she says it is something she will miss about the college. She thinks that in future occasions, this event should be more advertised for the Poultney community and not only for the Green Mountain College community. Thanh says that, “this event is a chance for the college to introduce cultural diversity from other countries to the community, to let them know that Poultney is not only a town with national citizens but also a town with people from other countries as their neighbours.” Every year, ICC encourages students at Green Mountain College and the Poultney community to join their events and activities, from which you can learn the importance of diversity and understand the world from other cultural perspectives.
If you want to know more about the InterCultural Club (ICC) and its upcoming events, you can visit its Facebook page or send an email to email@example.com