March 7 2007
MILR Culture Night 2007
The second annual MILR Culture Night took place on March 2nd. In a comfortably full ILR Conference Center room groups of students, Faculty, and friends from around the world shared a lot of good food and good laughs. The assortment of food was carefully prepared by MILR volunteer ‘chefs’. Students shared favorite meals from their home countries. Colorful country flags adorned each delectable plate and all palettes were guaranteed satisfaction thanks to a varied assortment of food from countries like India, Kenya, France and the United Arab Emirates.
When one could tear their eyes away from the delicious food offerings to look around the room they were faced with a multitude of colorful traditional outfits representing the different home countries of students. From the striking Korean hanbok to the delicate Chinese Qipao dress, a modernized version of the traditional dress for Manchu women in Qing Dynasty. Culture night was not without big Texas hair, and US sports paraphernalia. All in all the students were quite a sight to be held.
Culture Night’s lead organizer and IGSA President, Ahilya Patkar kicked-off the Country presentations. This year student presenters were asked to focus on a theme or myths from their home Countries. This proved for very funny and entertaining presentations. In addition to the international presentations, the organizers also asked a group of domestic students to present different regions within the US. Newly arrived Spring MILR student Cristian Morales, MILR ’09, commented on the evening and said, “it was nice to see the participation between the international and domestic students on cultural night. I feel that the domestic presentations allowed the collaboration and sharing of different cultures that exists within the US. The MILR Culture Night embodies and represents the essence of a Cornell MILR student: understanding and respect for all Cultures represented."
Guests at the event were lured away from the dessert table with a performance from Cornell students in the Chinese Folk Dance Troupe. Other presentations included second year student, Atsuo Kimura, MILR ’07, on his home country of Japan. Chia-Ming Chan, MILR ’08, found his presentation "very impressive" because it shared the unique aspects of Japan’s culture with humor. One specific example of this being when Atsuo introduced Japan as “the number one” and after a long pause he continued to clarify, “the number one City (Tokyo) in terms of cost of living!”
The MILR organizers and students would like to thank Faculty, family and friends for attending the event. They would also like to thank the ILR Graduate Student Office, and International Programs for co-sponsoring the event. Lastly, they hope that future MILR students continue this new tradition of celebrating diversity among MILR students with a Culture Night.
~ Dina Gabriel, MILR '07