International Fair returns with exciting activities to help foster stronger bonds among local and foreign students
After its successful launch back in 2009, International Fair returned earlier this November with a brand new theme – “One World, Many Colours”.
Developed by the School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IS), in partnership with Student Services, Students Development & Alumni Relations and the Lien Ying Chow Library, the event immersed students into various cultures from around the world.
The bazaar outside Makan Place saw students crowding around the makeshift stage during lunchtime to watch a variety of performances from co-curriculur activities (CCA) groups, such as Chinese Dance and Baracuda Batucada.
“I especially enjoyed the Korean pop dance as it is very dynamic,” said Angela Aw, 17, a first-year Child Psychology & Early Education student.
The bazaar also saw an increased number of booths set up by cultural clubs.
Myo Min Htun, 18, a second- year Mechatronic Engineering student, who helped set up the first-ever Myanmar booth, said, “It is good for us foreigners to show our cultures to help other students understand us.”
To some students like Ji Na Na, 21, a Chinese national who came to Singapore by himself last year, International Fair represented a slice of familial warmth.
“Many of us will miss home, but seeing other students here from my hometown makes me feel less alone,” says the first-year Nursing student.
The International Food Fiesta that happened right before the International Idol competition also proved to be a hit.
“I came to support my friend in International Idol but since there is also a food fair (at the same venue at the Convention Centre), I came to check it out,” said Mohd Isman, 19, a second-year Network Systems & Securities student.
On the purpose of having the Food Fiesta, Mr Andrew Sabaratnam, event organiser and Director of the School of IS, says, “It is to let students taste the flavour of international food because many of them just eat without realising what they are eating and where they are from.”
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