A Celebration of Cultures

The International Club students celebrated different cultures with arts and crafts at the Student Activities Center Thursday.

Cypress College International Club and International Students Program is hoping to open other students’ horizons with their 2014 International Educational Week Celebration.

Students were tasked with creating bracelets using string or wire with the African beads. The table was set out with different colors and sizes of beads.

Students were tasked with creating bracelets using string or wire with the African beads. The table was set out with different colors and sizes of beads.

“[The] Club’s for  international students and American [students] to cooperate and work together in educational and social (situations),” Zhengzheng Chen, hospitality major, said. “[It helps] students enjoy college life and have fun.”

The international club members enjoy their student life by hosting bonfires, going to the movies and ice skating. The current club consists of approximately 15 cultures. The club’s main purpose is to unite all cultures.

The event had booths with Japanese origami, African beads, Mexican papel picado, American sugar cookies, British tea, and other cultural delights. The celebration was divided into two sections with the arts and crafts booths in once section and the food in the other section.

Alma Miranda cuts papel picado. She was invited by the international students to display her craft.

Alma Miranda cuts papel picado. She was invited by the international students to display her craft.

Alma Miranda and Angel Rodriguez were in charge of the papel booth. Rodriguez and Miranda showed the attendees how the tissue paper could turn into Mexican decorations. The papel is used during different celebrations throughout the year. Although neither are part of the international club. They were invited to show their craft by a friend in El Puente Program.

The vice president of student organization, Tanya Washington, arrived wanting to learn how to say papel picado. Rodriguez succeeded in teaching her how to pronounce it and let her try it. Washington exclaimed “I did it” once she cut her first piece of her papel.

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