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Cultural Food Lab- Northern India

 

If I’ve learned one thing this year at Fontbonne, it’s cultural competence.  Cultural competence is one of the greatest qualities you can acquire to further your acceptance of the people and cultures around you.  There are may ways to “culture” yourself… Books, forming new friendships & acquaintances and even trying the food of a culture you’ve never tried before.  In my class, Food Pathways of Diverse Cultures, we dive into recipes from places like the Middle East, the Americas,  India and Africa.  It’s truly amazing what happens when you are exposed to traditional foods from cultures other than your own.  I am realizing how much culture is out there that I have yet to experience.  This is an exciting realization for me, because I am passionate about lifelong learning.

The more we learn about cultures and belief systems outside our own bubble, the more likely we are to whole heartedly accept the diverse population we live in. Sometimes we see the world through a narrow scope,  but there is more to see than anyone can even imagine.  If you feel your view may be narrow, try widening it just a smidge, and open up to something you’ve never experienced before :) I promise you won’t regret it!

 

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Despite the fact that I was born in Saint Louis and grew up only 45 minutes from the city (on the Illinois side), I never really got to know Saint Louis until I started at Fontbonne.

After adjusting to transferring to Fontbonne, I started to explore Saint Louis more than I had before.  I’ve finally realize how much this city has to offer, and I’m loving it!  Here are some of my favorite things about Saint Louis:

The Concerts

Saint Louis has a TON of concert halls, so it’s perfect for music lovers.  I’ve been to more concerts and music festivals than I can count, in Saint Louis, since the age of 14.  A few of the concert halls in the area include: The Pageant, The Fabulous Fox, Peabody Opera House, The Firebird, and Off Broadway.  The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater also holds many bigger concerts or music festivals.  

The Food

I wish I could stay I’ve been to, even a fraction, of the restaurants in the Saint Louis area- unfortunately I have not.  What I can say,  is that whatever type of food you love is almost guaranteed to be in found in Saint Louis!  Sauce Magazine is a great source for places to try in Saint Louis (Fontbonne usually has this magazine in the front doorway of the library if you want to check it out).  I also love the checking out Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s when I need to stock my fridge with healthy options.

The Variety

This applies to Saint Louis overall.  Coming from Southern Illinois, variety wasn’t exactly what I grew up with.  A variety of culture, food, people, traditions, and beliefs is refreshing.  This semester I’m diving into things I’ve never been exposed to before.  I will be visiting a Buddhist temple for my World Religions class and writing a paper on my experience.  In my Food Pathways of Diverse Groups I will be cooking foods from different religions and cultures around the world all semester long.  Sometimes it can be hard to tackle new experiences head on, but I believe it’s one of the best things a person can do to be a well-rounded, culturally-sensitive person.  Learn something new every day!

 

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Last Wednesday, we had a big annual event on campus called “International Bazaar” which is like a cultural carnival. We had so many different foods, dress, and toys from different countries, such as Taiwan, Japan, Peru, Saudi Arabic, Mexico, and Iraq.

In this event, all the international students had their own country’s table to show the culture, food, holiday, dress, and other thing from their country. My friends and I took care of our Taiwanese table. We put Taiwan’s flag, map, and also made a slide show to present Taiwan to visitors. Also, we put some Taiwanese snakes and traditional tea on our table. Also, I wore a traditional dress to let every one know our dress culture.

My friends and I also tried many traditional foods from different countries, such as Thai-food, Mexican food, Indian food, Vietnamese food, and Japanese food. Also, we saw some cultural dancing, like Peruvian and African dancing, which impressed me.

I really like this event because not only did I try many different yummy cultural foods, but also I’ve learned more knowledge about other countries from international students. Even though all the cultural food, dancing, and dress are different from mine, I respect their cultures a lot, because they’re worthy to respect. It was a such meaningful international event I attended at Fontbonne.

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