Story and photos by Zach Barlow
Whatcom Community College held its annual International Night, Feb. 27, which featured food and traditional music and dance from all around the world. The event was sponsored by the International Friendship Club, which seeks to help integrate international students into life at Whatcom and to help promote cross-cultural awareness and diversity on campus.
Throughout the night there were many performances that not only allowed international students to show off their skills, but also displayed to students and staff traditions and heritage from each respective culture.
The night was highlighted with dance routines such as a Taiwanese dance performed by the Silk Road Dancers as well as a Bhangra dance from India. The Mahala Belly Dancers, Lillia and Anyelle, also graced the stage.
Musical performances included German folk songs sung by the German Club with an accompaniment by instructor ben Kohn on violin, music played on the guzheng, a Chinese instrument similar to a zither, and a four-piece acoustic band of Indonesian students. The German club also played an Irish number since one of their members is from Ireland.
Near the end of the night there was even a Tai Chi demonstration given by Wendy Tu before the show was concluded with a fashion show representing traditional clothes from the various cultures of the international students present.