Graduating senior Ain Suraya (front) from Malaysia performs a Malay joget, while Ambigai Mathavan, also from Malaysia, prepares to perform a traditional Indian dance at Upper Iowa University's International Culture Night.
FAYETTE, Iowa (May 3, 2013) – The Upper Iowa University International Student Association and Office of International Programs recently hosted a night filled with authentic cuisine, world music and cultural performances at the second-annual International Culture Night hosted in the UIU Student Center Ballroom.
"It was so great to see the community and campus support for International Culture Night, as well as the impact it made on those who attended," said Kara Hanson, advisor for the UIU International Student Association and assistant director for the Office of International Programs. "This event is a celebration of the cultural diversity on the Fayette campus. It still surprises people to know 30 countries are represented right here in our small Iowa town. The cultural night event presented an opportunity to educate in a fun and entertaining way, as well as an opportunity for international students to share their life and connect with others who may not have the opportunity to travel outside of the United States to experience those countries in person."
For one performance, UIU graduating senior Ain Suraya from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, joined five other Malay students to perform the traditional dances of the three main ethnic groups that make up the culture of Malaysia. Kimberly Yam and Prema Rani performed the traditional Chinese fan dance, while Suraya, Siti Hajar and Matin Nazurah performed a Malay joget, and Ambigai Mathavan showcased a traditional Indian dance.
"It was such a wonderful night for Upper Iowa's international students," said Suraya. "We served food from around the world, and it was very enjoyable for international students like myself to share our country with our UIU family and community."
Other countries featured at International Culture Night include China, Japan, Venezuela, Sudan, France, Martinique, Moldova, Belize, Nigeria, Ghana, Mongolia, Pakistan, South Korea and Spain.
Complete photo coverage of the event can be found on the Upper Iowa University Flickr site at www.flickr.com/photos/upperiowauniversity/sets/72157633374634077/with/8696206443/.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.
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