On Wednesday, April 17, 2024, the International Student Program (ISP) at Skyline College hosted its highly anticipated annual Global Extravaganza event. The celebration, held during College Hour in Fireside Dining, showcased the vibrant cultural diversity within the college community and the various cultures represented by the international students.

Shwe Thel Nway, an international student from Myanmar, hosted the event and introduced the day’s guest speakers: Dr. Newin Orante, Skyline College’s Acting President, and Zaid Ghori, Interim Dean of Global Learning Programs and Services.

The event’s main attraction was the fashion show, which featured traditional clothing from various countries worldwide. Attendees were treated to a stunning display of traditional attire from Nigeria, China, Japan, India, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Fashion show participants proudly wore:

● Nigeria’s traditional Caftan, a loose-fitting, ankle-length garment.

● Vietnam’s Áo dài, a form-fitting tunic worn over trousers.

● Myanmar’s traditional clothing includes Chin Longyi, Shan, and Pasoe, representing different regions.

● Uzbekistan’s Zarchopan robe, adorned with traditional breast jewelry (Sebigardon) and head jewelry (Tillaqosh).

● Indonesia’s traditional batik garments, created using a wax-resist dyeing technique.

● India’s traditional lehenga.

● Japan’s Happi, a coat worn during festivals.

● China’s Hanfu, the attire of the Han ethnic group.

Following the fashion show, the Indonesian Student Association performed a series of traditional Indonesian music using the Gamelan, a traditional Indonesian percussion orchestra. Led by Danni Redding-Lapuz, Dean of Social Sciences and Creative Arts, they played three songs: “Macan Ucul,” “Tumenggungan,” and “Bendrong.” Sebastian Sutjipto, one of the club’s officers, explained fun facts about Indonesia and Gamelan, while Lareytha Dilian Husni led a trivia session with prizes for participants. The performance concluded with an encore.

Several activity tables were also set up throughout the event to enhance the cultural experience. Attendees had the opportunity to play traditional instruments like Angklung from Indonesia and Wa Letkhok (bamboo clappers), Bonto (short drum), and Linkwin (brass cymbals) from Myanmar. Additionally, attendees could learn Chinese calligraphy and Burmese writing and showcase their creativity at the Origami folding table.

The Global Extravaganza was successful, drawing participation from numerous staff, faculty, and students. This enriching event educated attendees about different cultures and fostered a sense of unity and appreciation for cultural diversity within the Skyline College community.

The International Student Program is part of the Global Learning Programs and Services Division. ISP will continue to provide services and programs for international students as well as for the entire Skyline College community. If you are interested in learning more about future ISP programs and events, contact ISP office at skyinternational@smccd.edu.

Article by Lasheana Dilian Husni | Photos by MCPR

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