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  • PSU hosts Night Market

  • The International Student Association has several events throughout the year. There’s Taste and Sound of Nations. There’s next month’s Food and Culture Fair. And now, the ISA has the Night Market.

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  • The International Student Association has several events throughout the year. There’s Taste and Sound of Nations. There’s next month’s Food and Culture Fair. And now, the ISA has the Night Market.
    But this isn’t like the other events.
    “With Taste and Sound of Nations, it’s more based on sound, with little nibbles before the performances,” said Cathy Lee Arcuina, ISA advisor. “The Food and Culture Fair is the opposite. The dancing is in the background. This is different. It’s based on night markets in Asia, where they sell not just food products, but household items, clothing, car parts. It’s also at night and outside.”
    The inaugural Night Market drew plenty of students and community members on Friday night, with more than 100 people coming to the event. In fact, the event was so popular that many people were coming back for seconds — a mere half hour after the event started.
    “Everybody likes to try different foods, especially international students. When we come to America, we’re always wanting to try American food,” said Vidhi Kundalia, ISA president. “For international students, we like to try food from other countries, because someone might use some of the same spices that you use, but we have a lot of different foods. Local people have shown an interest in our stuff, too.”
    But the night market goes beyond just a good environment and tasty food. The event is one of the first ISA events to also serve as a fundraiser for charity.
    “We wanted to do some charity work,” Kundalia said. “After seeing the events in Haiti, we said, ‘Let’s go out and help them.’ But after seeing the support people have given to them, we looked for other opportunities. We found a program in South Africa that requires $35 a month to sponsor a child. Everybody agreed to that. We’ll use the profits from tonight to take care of that.”
    There were plenty of opportunities for food at the night market, with food representing China, India, Paraguay, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea and even cookies from the United States.
    “The cookies and brownies are going fast. Everybody wants them after the spicy food,” Kundalia said.
    Kundalia said she expects the ISA to repeat the event next year, either after the Food and Culture Fair or using it as a taste of what people can expect for the spring event.
    Andrew Nash can be reached at andrew.nash@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 ext. 132.
     
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