International Corner  

International and Local Students Enjoy Food and Song at World Carnival

Over a thousand people, from students to local residents, visited Lu-Ming Square to enjoy the excitement of the NTU World Carnival Festival on April 29. The World Carnival Festival consisted of an international food fair that allowed visitors to sample traditional foods from a variety of cultures and an international singing contest in which students showed off their musical talent.

Organized by the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of International Affairs, World Carnival Festival was one of the many events held as part of the NTU System's 2017 Break and Fuse Fest, which was organized jointly by the three members of the NTU System: National Taiwan University, National Taiwan Normal University, and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.

The Break and Fuse Fest is an event founded on the concept of breaking norms and fusing the pieces together to form a new model. The event spans cultural barriers to facilitate interactions between local and international students. Moreover, it transcends campus boundaries to utilize the characteristics and assets of the member universities of the NTU System. Through such activities as food tasting, music competitions, and cultural exhibitions, the Break and Fuse Fest promotes recognition and understanding among students of different cultures, and links the three campuses to establish the sense of a global village among the three universities.

A series of cultural dance performances by students of the NTU System signaled the start of the World Carnival Festival. NTU President Pan-Chyr Yang delivered the event's welcoming remarks. Executive Vice President Ching-Ray Chang, Deputy Vice President for Student Affairs Cheryl Chia-Hui Chen, and Deputy Vice President for International Affairs Bennett Yu-Hsiang Fu also participated in the festival. Many dignitaries were in attendance, including Second Counselor Belko Diallo of the Burkina Faso Embassy in Taiwan, Senior Secretary Yi Lin from the Ministry of Education, and Associate Vice President Chi-Yo Huang of the Office of International Affairs of National Taiwan Normal University.

This year, 20 student-organized booths offered World Carnival Festival visitors the chance to experience the world through unique cultural cuisines. Among the delicious foods available were pea powder from Myanmar, satay and bak-kut-teh pork rib soup from Malaysia, nachos from Nicaragua, and kebabs from Turkey.

Mongolian students even set up a ger, a traditional Mongolian round tent, next to their booth for visitors to experience. The main stage, a new addition this year, provided not only a space for the performances of the opening ceremony but also a venue for students to promote their booths and present their cultures. Student presentations were primarily ethnic dances representing various cultures, such as those of Malaysia, Indonesia, Africa, and Mongolia.