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06 March 2008

‘Travel’ around the world at HACC-Lancaster’s Multicultural Day
Ethnic foods, activities showcase diversity at March 12 event

Take a “trip” around the world for free during Multicultural Day on Wednesday, March 12, at the Lancaster Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. The public is invited to join in the festivities from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Room 203 in the East Building.

The campus Student Government Association and Office of Multicultural Affairs have partnered to host Multicultural Day, which will include a variety of ethnic foods to sample, activity stations that include the art of origami presented by Yueh Pao Ho, henna body art by Jumana Bootwala of the Philadelphia area and the art of African braiding by Miram Johnson of Goldfinger Beauty Salon and African Braids in Columbia.

The festivities will open at 11 a.m. with the lively Irish Folk dance presentation, followed by a presentation on Kenyan Soapstone at 11:45 a.m. by Joel Martin, owner of Duka La Jiwe African Art in Denver. Martin will discuss his travels to Kenya and the Kenyan artisans who make the products he sells.

An international fashion show of folk and traditional wear will be held from noon-12:30 p.m., followed by a presentation by the Carroll County Cloggers, the oldest active clogging group in Maryland, who will demonstrate the lively dance form that incorporates English, German, Scottish and Irish dance styles.

“Multicultural Day is a great time to celebrate diversity,” said Christina Oscsodal, Multicultural Affairs Coordinator at the Lancaster Campus, a former world cultures teacher and world traveler who organized the fashion show that includes contributions from HACC international students from Japan, South Korea, Cameroon and Chad.

The fashion show is an excellent way to share culture and raise awareness about international cultures on campus, she added, noting items will include a red fox hat and child’s Russian tunic and dress, a Hungarian peasant blouse, fusion fashion from India and the Japanese Happi Coat worn for special occasions.

For more information, call 358-2850.

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