Ang yo yo ay orihinal na ginawa sa Pilipinas para sa paggamit bilang isang pangangaso armas. Translation: The yo-yo was originally made in the Philipines for use as a hunting weapon. This fact about the Filipino culture was provided by Craven Community College (CCC) facilities technician Juvy Clay. She was among many staff, faculty, students and community members who participated in the college’s annual International Day celebrations at its New Bern and Havelock campuses.
There were 18 total countries and cultures were explored by participants, including Burma-Chin, Burma-Karen, Cherokee Indian, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Mexico, Morocco, Niger, Peru, Philippines and Yemen.
In her second year attending the International Day event, cosmetology student Nicole Finch said she enjoyed the opportunity to learn about other countries. She said it was cool to write her birthdate in a Native American language.
Finch’s cosmetology classmate Johanna Johnson was recently married to Bennie, who is of Filippino heritage. “When I entered the room, I immediately recognized his culture, and I learned an interesting fact about the culture’s use of the yo-yo,” she said.
German student interns with Bosch Home Appliances were invited by Sylvia King, CCC director of student services-Havelock, to participate in the events. The interns are in the country for six months and are taking a Lean Six Sigma class from the college. King said the students were very excited about being involved in the college’s event. “They created an interactive game to engage people in their culture,” said King.
In addition to learning interesting facts, experiencing cultural objects and practices like Egyptian and Greek dancing, students experienced authentic foods, including Chinese Dumplings, Sheppard’s Pie (Ireland), Bratwurst and Sauerkraut (Germany), Sopa De Habas (Mexican fava bean soup ), Lomo Saltado (Peruvian beef dish), Karidopita (Greek walnut cake), and Morir Sonanda (Dominican Republican milk and orange juice drink).
“Our International Day events allow students to directly engage with people from other cultures by asking questions and talking with one another,” said Kimberly Claar-Johnson, CCC campus life coordinator. Claar-Johnson reached out to faculty, the college’s ESL program and Interfaith Refugee Ministry to invite people to represent their cultures.
CCC student Elisabet Aranda, her mother Gloria and Spanish instructor Dr. Shelly Hines represented Colombia. Aranda said she wanted to show her fellow students the diversity and beauty of her country. Her mother to the day off of work to be with her daughter and serve empanadas and arepas, which are traditional Colombian foods
CCC students Jacob Stain and Alex Junak represented India by dressing in traditional wedding attire provided by physics instructor Ravi Sharma and his wife Vhiba. “Exploring something else without having to go anywhere was incredible,” said Stain. He will be traveling to Ireland with the college’s Study Abroad program and said his interest in traveling further increased because of the event.
“I had a lot of fun. You get to know a lot about people around the world,” said Teresa Weber, Bosch student intern from Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.