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Cultural exchange happens on campus, too

November 15, 2011 12:00AM

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Anupam Thakur

Last year, when Anupam Thakur came half way around the world from his native India to Pittsburg, Kan., he expected to learn about America. What he didn't expect was that the heartland of the U.S. would be a place where he would learn about many other cultures from around the globe.

Thakur, president of the International Student Association at Pittsburg State University, said in his three semesters at PSU he has had the good fortune to meet students from many countries who have shared their unique cultures.

"I never knew about Chinese culture until I met Chinese students over here," Thakur said. "I never knew about Paraguayan culture until I met Paraguayan students here. These things have given me a broader outlook."

Thakur said the ISA hopes to see many American students and the public have a similar experience this week during events planned in observance of International Education Week.

"I would like Americans and the domestic students to be a part of it and to experience how cultures are in different countries," Thakur said.

Every day, this week, students from other nations are participating in international country presentations and cultural demonstrations in the student center. Sodexo, the campus food service provider, is serving international foods for lunch in Gorilla Crossing. The international entrees are based on recipes provided by the international students.

One of the high points of the week will be a performance by Pakistani rock musician Salman Ahmad at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Overman Student Center. The concert is free.

For information, call the Office of International Programs and Services at 620-235-4607.

©2011 Pittsburg State University