GlobalFest has tastes of the world

By Chikako Murakawa - Staff Reporter

Highline's international students will turn their annual GlobalFest into a global feast for both the eye and the palate this Saturday.

 GlobalFest is a celebration of diversity that unfolds May 13 from 5-9 p.m. in Building 8.

The annual production of students in International Student Programs will include cultural booths, performances and lots of food. 

The Student Union will be transformed into an international restaurant when ISP presents "A Taste of The World — ILSC's Restaurant."

The cultural booths will operate from 5 to 7 p.m.

People can visit the many booths and participate in diversions such as Karuta, which is a Japanese card game. Also, there will be cultural foods such as spring rolls from Vietnam, bubble tea from Taiwan, karaage from Japan and dumplings from China.

"We try to deliver Thai culture as much as we can through the presentation board and we also will interact with the people who are coming to our booth by playing games with them," said Phantawat Jewchaisak, who is coordinator of Thailand's cultural booth.

The cultural performances begin at 7 p.m.

Ten different teams from areas, such as Africa and the Pacific Islands, are going to perform on the main stage of the Student Union.

People who are going to participate in GlobalFest have been busy rehearsing.

Performance teams are working on both traditional dance and popular dance routines. 

The Japanese team is going to dance to Soran Bushi, a song sung by fishermen to encourage a good catch. They will also perform the Koi Dance, which is a kind of climax to Japanese popular drama said. Mana Sotokawa, a Japanese performance team member. 

She said they are practicing the dance over and over again because they want people to know Japanese culture.

GlobalFest is free and open to the public. It will also be broadcast live so that families of international students can enjoy the performances.

If you want to watch GlobalFest on the internet, you can download the Flash Player and go to the page of at 7 p.m.

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