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Different cultures join together for a day of festivities full of food and dancingBy Whitney Dudley
Students, faculty and community members gathered to celebrate and embrace the variety of cultures at the annual ‘A Taste of Culture’April 19 on the lawn of the University Center. Information tables were set up by members of the Native American Student Organization, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the National Council of Negro Women, as well as tables from the Latin American and Korean communities.
Yang Xi, a junior from China, entertained the crowd of 200 with his rap song, Huo Yuanja, which he performed in Chinese. He said that the song speaks of the art and excitement of Kung Fu.
Southern Sun performed on the main stage with drumming and singing as dancers displayed traditional Native American attire and movement. The group has been performing at ‘A Taste of Culture’ every year for the last 13 years.
“This is not something that we do as a hobby,” said Billy Hunt, a member of Southern Sun. He said that it is a part of all of them. The group can be found performing at Powwows all over the country.
Other entertainment included the performance of the tango by Roland Bersch and Kate Aitkin of Roland’s Dance Studio in Fayetteville. Director of Student Activities Abdul Ghaffar and Associate Director of Student Activities Robert Cooper raffled off prizes from community businesses.
Prizes awarded Gift certificates from Food Lion, Huddle House and Pizza Hut were just a few of the prizes given away.
Food was also on the program for the day’s festivities. Spectators could taste cuisine from traditional American culture, like corn bread and meat balls.
There were nachos and salsa provided by the Spanish community. And the Korean community gave everyone a taste of Korean fried rice and kimchi boo chim gei.
Planning for next year’s ‘A Taste of Culture’ festival will begin this summer as the Student Activities office searches for a day to hold the festival. Future ‘Taste of Culture’
Those who are interested in displaying their culture to members of the UNCP population and the surrounding community can pick up a participation form from the student activities office in room 220 of the University Center.