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  • Food, culture fair takes place despite snow

  • Heavy snow and less-than-ideal road conditions could not stop local international college students from sharing their native cultures with the community.

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  • Heavy snow and less-than-ideal road conditions could not stop local international college students from sharing their native cultures with the community.
    The seventh annual Food and Culture Fair, conducted by Pittsburg State University's International Student Association, took place Saturday night at Pittsburg's Memorial Auditorium, despite the snow and ice that fell practically all day.
    Cathy Lee Arcuino, associate director of PSU's International Programs and Services, said too much work was put into the event to call it off.
    "I think it's ironic because it's the one day that we have this really big event going on, and it snows." she said. "But everyone has worked so hard toward this, and we just didn't have the heart to cancel."
    The annual event features representatives from several counties sharing samples of their native cuisines, as well as performing music and dance routines from around the globe.
    Jazmin Ramirez, a native of Paraguay and president of the International Student Association, said the annual event gives international students a taste of home.
    "I really love this event because it gives us international students an opportunity to share our culture," she said. "We're all away from home and we need this space to share our culture, eat our food and even try new things from other countries."
    Arcuino said the local community also benefits from the fair.
    "Many people don't typically have exposure to a lot of these things," she said. "It's good to allow them to come to this one place and experience all these different cultures."
    Representatives from China, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, India, Korea, Malaysia, among others, were featured during the three-hour event.
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