Sunday, April 11, 2010

42nd Annual International Night at Trine University

Trine Students Performing at International Night

Last night was the 42nd annual International Night at Trine University, just three blocks away from my lovely old house. I have been involved in International Night for many years and this year was no exception! I had to cancel many storytelling, performing events, but I knew I could handle this one!

I had a small booth with Mengting where she wrote out the names of folks who stopped by in Chinese, while I tended my slide show of China and included a few artifacts from my short journey! I had some money, a wonderful book, leftover tigers and children's toys from Chinese New Year and my passport with the beautiful Visa from China. Folks stopped by to hear my story and most exclaimed over the Visa and were surprised that it was needed to travel to China. Indeed it is needed and cost $200.00!

The entire foyer of the student union building was decked out for the evening with foods from all the cultures, hands on activities and a program to follow at 7:00. I gave the opening address which I wove with my China experience and the earthquake in Haiti. It was followed by a moving video of the Haitian earthquake and Trine's acapella choir.

The rest of the entertainment was of the international students showing their culture through dance and music.

It was a wonderful evening and I was so glad to be able to be a part of it!