iCU: OIIR Intercultural Dialogue Series

iCU (Now I See What You Mean) OIIR Intercultural Dialogue Series

Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, IL (unless indicated otherwise)

Fall 2017

Belonging to No Borders

Wednesday, August 30th

International travel and immigration, common nowadays in this globalized world, has created a group of people who lose their identity in terms of borders, countries and cultures. Join us for a talk on such experiences by Sraddha Acharya, who was born to Nepalese parents in the U.S., and grew up in a Hindu household in Switzerland.

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) - International Education (IE) and Asian American Cultural Center (AACC)

A Snapshot of Costa Rica

Wednesday, September 13th

Costa Rica in Central America surrounded by Atlantic and Pacific, is a small country that covers only 0.03% of the surface of the globe; it yet proudly shelters a 6% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. Costa Ricans (Ticos) of different ethnic heritages boast Costa Rican food such as Gallo Pinto, Olla de Carne, Empanadas, and coffee! Come learn about Costa Rica and taste the traditional dish with sweet corn, rice and beans.

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) - International Education (IE), La Casa Cultural Latina, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), and Global Leaders Orange and Blue Engagement (GLOBE)

Hispanic Heritage Month - The Best Chocolate Bars are from Ecuador!

Wednesday, September 27th

It is impossible to talk about Ecuador, without mentioning its Cacao, misspelt as ‘cocoa’ once-upon-a-time, in English. Ecuador has been the largest high quality cacao producers since the end of the 19th century, but the quality of its chocolate bars has only been recognized internationally for a decade. Come and join a special tasting session to learn and experience the Ecuadorian chocolate bars that have just won the World Chocolate Awards.

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) - International Education (IE), La Casa Cultural Latina, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), and Ecuadorian Student Organization

Cultural Celebration: Chuseok - Korean Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, October 11th

Wonder how Korean Thanksgiving Day (Chuseok) is celebrated? Interested in learning about the tradition and recipes of tasty Korean Thanksgiving dishes and dessert? Come to experience fun mini games with special prizes, and join us for delicious food!

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) - International Education (IE), Asian American Cultural Center, and Korean Student Association (KSA)

Illinois Abroad: Students' Experience in Brazil

Wednesday, October 25th
101 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign

Brazil is one of the world’s most captivating places, home to diverse ecosystems and a vibrant culture. Come learn from study abroad students and Brazilian international students about what it is like to be a student in this beautiful country! Mix and mingle, indulge in the delicious Brazilian soda Guaraná, and learn a few basic phrases in Portuguese!


Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) -International Education (IE), Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE), La Casa Cultural Latina, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), The Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, and Department of Spanish and Portuguese

An Eye on Mesopotamia: Iraq

Wednesday, November 8th

Interested in learning about the Iraqi historical issues, different ancient civilizations, ethnicity, and some interesting facts? What about the Iraqi cuisine, and the famous game “Baat”? Come join us to find out and learn a few words spoken in Iraq!

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) - International Education (IE), Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) and Global Leaders Orange and Blue Engagement (GLOBE)

Perpetual Outsider Syndrome

Wednesday, November 29th

A term someone made up? Absolutely! But one makes up a lot of things when they spend their childhood traveling with their family to live in 5 countries across 4 continents. One also has many experiences that feel fictional and bewildering. Come join us learning about Virupaksh Agrawal’s experience, along with how the Illinois experience can bring these to fruition!

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) - International Education (IE) and Asian American Cultural Center (AACC)

If you are interested in sharing stories about your country, culture and heritage, please email oiir-ie@illinois.edu.
 


Spring 2017

Lunar New Year Holiday and Traditions

Wednesday, January 25th

Are you ready for the Lunar New Year holiday celebration? Come to learn the Spring Festival couplets with Chinese calligraphy, lantern riddles, paper cutting and more! Indulge in traditional holiday food and win your red envelop!

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), Asian American Cultural Center (AACC), Chinese Engineering Student Association (CESA), and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE)

Morning “Tea” in Guangdong

Wednesday, February 8th

People in Guangzhou China eat morning tea throughout the day, and it has long been an important tradition in Chinese history. It even has similarities to American brunch and British afternoon tea. Hard to believe? Come and experience the Guangzhou, China way to enjoy the "morning tea"!

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) and Asian American Cultural Center (AACC)

1Malaysia: Exploring Our Diversity Within Unity

Wednesday, February 22nd

Have you ever heard about Malaysia before? Are you interested to know more about our myriad of people, cultures and traditions? Come and join us for a talk to learn more about our country. We will teach you common phrases in the Malay language and there will be fun traditional games as well!

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) and Malaysian Student Association (MaSA).

Life in Taiwan

Wednesday, March 8th

Do you want to know more about Taiwan? Have you ever tasted the world famous Taiwan dish braised pork over rice? You are invited to join us to try a few Taiwanese cuisines and learn the rich culture of Taiwan.

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) and Taiwan Intercultural Association (TIA).

Laos Culture and Traditions

Wednesday, March 29th

Have you ever wondered about the origins of Laos and its peoples? Why are there so many Laotian people in the United States and overseas right now? What are their experiences? Join us for an interactive session to learn about Laos and find out its connection to you!

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) and Asian American Cultural Center (AACC).

Mexican Culture and Cuisine

Wednesday, April 12th

Quinceañera (Cotillion): this event exhibits traditions found within this coming of age ceremony, such as la última muñeca, the father daughter dance, as well as the switching of shoes from flats to heels. And it comes with the typical food – mole and barbacoa!

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), La Casa Cultural Latina, and Mexican Student Association.

Illinois Abroad: Students' Experience in Australia and New Zealand

Wednesday, April 26th

Interested in studying abroad in Australia or New Zealand? Want to interact with students who have or Australian and New Zealand students studying at Illinois? Come learn about the aspects of the culture and landscape that make Australia and New Zealand so beautiful!

Sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE)

 

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