Cultures Celebrated on Campus

Haidi Hernandez and Adrian Gonzalez / el Don

By Matthew Salzer

Colorful booths lined the quad at the International Festival Oct. 29, which showcased the diversity of the student body by highlighting cultures from countries like Japan, Jordan and Colombia, among others represented.

“This is to share different cultures to U.S. students,” said Carmelita Eustaquio, International Program Specialist and academic advisor. “We learn from them and they learn from us.”

Eustaquio first organized the event 23 years ago and has since seen it grow into a signature celebration at Santa Ana College.

In addition to the cultural booth displays, live music played while people danced. Exotic food, like Mongolian noodles, Indian samocas and Salvadoran tamales, were on sale.

“We totally represent our country with everything made in Cambodia,” student Cham Roeum Sok said, who was at a booth.

Students, both domestic and international, mingled while enjoying the various performances and information.

“I’m learning a lot because it’s very different from my country,” Kenia Garcia said through a translator. Garcia, who is from Mexico, wore an elegant dress to show her heritage.


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