Intercultural Day: a time for the many cultures of our school
to spread their wings and show their colors proudly. Yet,
only 20 of the more than 80 different countries represented
at HPU had booths at the event. Of the four neighbors of the
United States Mexico, Canada, Russia, and Cuba, only
one was thereRussia.
Believe it or not, the United States is actually closer to
Russia than it is to Cuba. Cuba is 90 miles south of Floridas
Key West; Russias Big Diomede Island is only one mile
away from Alaskas Little Diomede Island. The sea of
the Bering Strait is all that separates two of the worlds
Amidst the festivities of HPUs Intercultural Day, a
small tent with only a few Russian students showed their Russian
pride with music tapes, some flags, and some Russian literature.
There has been no educational exchange with Cuba since Fidel
Castro seized power in that country nearly 40 years ago. However,
there are students from Mexico and Canada at HPU. Where were
they this Intercultural Day?
In fact, the United States has varying cultures from state
to state, yet only one tent represented these many American
Intercultural Day is an opportunity for all of us at HPU
to learn about the traditions of the nations of the world.
Every person in every nation and cultural group belongs in
the festivities. I hope that next year, more nations and cultures
will participate, and that the U.S.A.s neighbors will
join with HPUs Russian students and show their pride
in their countries.
Tell the rest of us at HPU what your culture is about!