Knox College International Fair

Snapshots of International Fair 2011

Forever young: 30 years of world food, music, fun

February 01, 2011

Coming to college is already a "personal culture shock," wrote the editors of i-mag, the International Club's magazine produced for the 2011 Knox College International Fair. What all students experience is "a small example of a larger phenomenon [that] international students know well, [having] lived in a multitude of different countries and cities."

Selected as the theme of this year's 30th annual International Fair, "Culture Shock" is more than "confusion and anxiety," the students wrote. It's also "excitement and intrigue." Through both the magazine and the fair, the students wrote, "it is exciting to share our stories with our friends at Knox."

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One of the highlights of International Fair is the Parade of Flags that brings together students bearing flags of their home countries, on stage at Kresge Hall, left. Before the parade, students assemble in the Ford Center for the Fine Arts, below.

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The International Buffet Lunch draws a crowd. Above left, Peggy Humphrey and Roger Klump of Galesburg are the first two guests in line for the lunch. Below, Chinese Club offers chicken feet and other specialties, as students talk with campus visitors.

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International Edutainment: There's Rikishi: the Wrestler, and rikishi: the wrestlers then there's rikishi: the game.  Japanese Club features the third option, above left. Booths also offer face painting, above right; henna hand tattoos shown at the top of page; name tags in various languages, below left; and educational displays, below right.

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The International Student Talent Show emcee is  Tomilola Olotu of Nigeria, right. Acts include AAINA's Bollywood Dance, below left; and a solo Hindu dance by Kusum Hachhethu of Nepal, below right.

 

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Above left, the student club Lo Nuestro presents a skit, based on the Luis Valdez play "Los Vendidos," that bears no similarity at all to how Latino students might or might not be recruited to attend predominantly Anglo Midwestern colleges; above right, folk singer Alexander Burik.

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At right, Tingtin Huang performs on the pipa, a traditional Chinese harp. Above, people who stay in Kresge Hall for intermission are treated to spontaneous and unrehearsed entertainment from a couple of faculty children, above. Below, Mego Liu preps the crowd for his magic act -- think of a number between 0 and 100...

Knox College International Fair

Knox College International Fair