Let’s celebrate diversity: International Extravaganza enters second year

Let’s celebrate diversity: International Extravaganza enters second year

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The Texas A&M Health and Science Center and the Rangel College of Pharmacy, will present the 2nd annual International Extravaganza this Saturday  at Santa Gertrudis school from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
This small event that began at Rangel College of pharmacy and has expanded into the community with the helpful sponsoring from Walgreen’s Cultural Diversity Initiative to enlighten the Kingsville public to many diverse cultures.
“Like the previous year, we are hoping everyone that comes can learn a bit about another culture”, said Thao Nguyen, the cultural diversity planning committee president, “and to appreciate how unique each and every one of us are in own way.”
At the 1st annual extravaganza the committee presented Hispanic and Indian culture through mariachi performances and belly dancers, along with the performance of traditional Indian music sung by some of Rangel college of pharmacy professors, Dr. Kumar and his wife Dr. Mishra.
“During my undergraduate years in UT Austin, I was exposed to many cultural events, but this was the first time I have ever seen a belly dance performance and live singing of an Indian song.” said Nguyen.
This year’s event will feature presentations from the Kingsville Youth Ballet Folkloric, the TAMUK Mariachi Band and the well renowned pair from last year Indian musical performance Dr. Kumar and Dr. Mishra.
The event will have many other cultural informative information about eastern Asian culture, African culture, European culture, Polynesian culture, etc.
“We want the community and the colleges to be shown a diversity of cultures” said Sharon LeMieux administrative assistance Office of the Dean, “to view the looks of different dress and variety of differences in people.”
This event is free and open to the public.
The student body and faculty will be preparing a different variety of dishes for the international food tasting.
There will be many games and activities for children of all ages.
According to Nguyen, the people who are planning on attending the event are greatly encouraged to dress in cultural attire for the Cultural Dress contest.