International Food Fair brings cultures to campus


Chancellor Daniele Struppa serves lasagna at the Italian table during the International Food Fair Nov. 3 in the Attallah Piazza. Photo by Caitie Guttry

Students munched on crickets and other worldly dishes at the International Food Fair, which gave people the opportunity to learn about foods from various cultures on Nov. 3 in the Attallah Piazza.

The event, which was sponsored by the Center for Global Education and student government, featured clubs that served dishes representing cultures from all around the world.

“We want to highlight the Chapman diversity,” said Junko Takada, a department assistant in the Center for Global Education. “I think it was great and a very successful event.”

China, represented by the Asian Pacific Student Association, won the title of best meat; best vegetarian dish went to Saudi Arabia, represented by the Chapman Arabic Club; and the Nihongo (Japanese) Club, representing Japan, won best overall meal.

Takada said that Chapman has about 450 international students on campus, and that the number has grown over the last couple of years.

Milo Le, a junior business finance major from Vietnam, is the president of the International Student Association, a new club on campus, and also attended the fair.

“We have a really diverse group of people on campus,” Le said. “I just like the fact that I get to serve the food of my people, get it out there and let people know about my food.”

The International Student Association, representing Serbia, won best dessert.

Chancellor Daniele Struppa got involved in the event by representing Italy, which was some students’ favorite station.

“I love the Italian station,” said Ryan Thomas, a sophomore business major. “It brings out my heritage. I am 50 percent Italian and God bless it, because the food is so great. Also, free food is great.”
Robert Schultz, a junior political science major, was excited to learn about other cultures.

“The food is great and it’s awesome to learn about other cultures,” Schultz said. “I really love all the food from China.”

The fair was the first event of International Education Week, which is put on by the Center for Global Education. On Nov. 4, the “Through my Eyes: A Foreign Lens” event offered students the opportunity to learn more about studying abroad and enjoy guest speakers in Argyros Forum.


Japan (Nihongo Club) – Best overall

China (Asian Pacific Student Association) – Best meat

Saudi Arabia (Arabic Club) – Best vegetarian dish

Hawaii (Pua’ikeana Club) – Best decor on table

Serbia (International Student Association) – Best dessert

United Nations (Charlotte Ouwehand) – Most creative

Brazil (International Student Association) – Honorable mention

Other tables that participated:

China (Chinese Cultural Club)

France (French Club)

Saudi Arabia (Muslim Student Association)

Israel (Hillel)

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