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Over 100 Attendees Celebrate Cultural Diversity at UKM's Global Cafe

Written by : JAYSHENAA KANAPATHY

Editor:YU YUHANG


Participants enjoying the array of food presented at Global Cafe (Source: UKM Global)


BANGI, 20 May - The Global Cafe, a vibrant series of events organized by the Centre of International Relations (UKM Global), recently brought together over 100 exchange students. Held at Pusanika UKM, the event featured delectable cuisine from China, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Brunei, and Cambodia, along with a sharing session about long and short-term exchange programs from UKM Global buddies.


The premise of the Global Cafe is to celebrate food, culture, and dance, creating a dynamic platform where students from various backgrounds can come together and share their unique traditions.


This vibrant event aims to foster a sense of community and mutual respect among students through the universal languages of cuisine, music, and dance. Beyond the culinary delights, the event also features captivating dance performances that showcase both traditional and contemporary styles, further enhancing the cultural exchange experience.


Through these activities, the Global Cafe not only highlights the diversity within the student body but also encourages a deeper understanding and appreciation of the various cultures represented, reinforcing the values of inclusivity and global harmony.


Dr. Tanot Unjah, who serves as the Deputy Director at the International Relations Centre (UKM Global), expressed her profound delight in observing students wholeheartedly embracing and appreciating each other's diverse cultures.


"It's truly heartwarming to witness the genuine enthusiasm and respect for diversity among the students," she remarked. "Today's event plays a crucial role in fostering cross-cultural understanding and harmony, which are essential for nurturing a cohesive and inclusive academic community.

The importance of these interactions in breaking down barriers and building bridges between individuals from different cultural backgrounds ultimately contributes to a more harmonious and enriched global society," she highlighted.


Participant Bong Zhi Han, a final year student from the Engineering Faculty (FKAB), echoed the sentiments of many attendees, expressing his excitement, particularly for the mouthwatering dumplings on offer.


"I can't wait to sample the diverse array of cuisines and immerse myself in the rich tapestry of cultures," he exclaimed, reflecting the spirit of curiosity and openness that defined the event.

They provide an opportunity to step out of our comfort zones and experience the world from different perspectives, right here on campus. It's not just about the food or the performances, but about building connections and understanding the diverse backgrounds of our peers.


Representing the Malaysian booth, Maisarah bt Ahmad Nizam, a TESL student from FPEND, shared her thoughts on the significance of showcasing traditional delicacies like Nasi Lemak. "Food is a powerful expression of cultural identity, and it's wonderful to see our culinary heritage being appreciated and enjoyed by others," she remarked.


Maisarah elaborated on the preparation and presentation of the dishes, highlighting the care and pride that went into each serving. "We wanted to present Nasi Lemak in its most authentic form, complete with sambal, anchovies, peanuts, boiled eggs, and cucumber slices. It’s not just a dish; it’s a story of our history and way of life," she explained.

As the event drew to a close, laughter and applause filled the air, signaling the culmination of a memorable evening marked by cross-cultural exchange and mutual appreciation. With its message of inclusivity and understanding, the Global Cafe served as a shining example of the transformative power of cultural diplomacy, reaffirming the importance of embracing diversity and building bridges across borders.



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