Small World Coffee Hour offers numerous dynamic events and through the following example we will attempt to give you a taste of the program!
The Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars (FACSS) sponsored a Small World Coffee Hour event on October 3rd, 2003. As the theme was Chinese culture, colorful cultural performances, arts and savory foods were presented. Participants learned about Chinese culture, both by observing and by experiencing it themselves.
Chinese Dancer, Ms. Jianwen Lai, performed a short dance. She also taught students the basics of various types of Chinese dancing.
Tai’Chi, a "relaxed martial arts", is an important part of the Chinese culture. It traces back to the great Tsoist Zhang Shanfeng several hundred years ago, and has different versions like Cheng and Yang styles. The essence of Tai'chi is balance and relaxing. Those who were interested were invited to try as well.
Chinese Kongfu (Martial Arts)
Bo Xu, a scholar who has been practicing Chinese traditional martial arts since childhood, demonstrated the powerful Chinese Kongfu.
Chinese Tea Ceremony
The presenter has a lovely Chinese antique store called "Sunny Sky" on the Grand Avenue in St. Paul. She introduced participants to the elegant Chinese Tea Ceremony.
Chinese Calligraphy was presented. Participants also had a chance to try themselves with the paintbrush and the ink.
Chinese juggling was also performed.
Chinese Dumpling Making
Dumpling is a well-loved traditional Chinese food. Participants had fun learning how to make dumplings with our Chinese “chefs.”
Beautiful Chinese scenery and colorful cultural events were presented in a slide show.
Chinese artifacts, such as fans, paper cuts, woodcarvings, traditional clothing, pottery, and many more were displayed. Volunteers introduced participants to the function and origin of different artifacts.
Traditional Chinese music played by Chinese instruments was also presented throughout the event.
The Ethiopian Student Association sponsored the Small World Coffee Hour event. They showcased the culture, the history and the beauty of Ethiopia throughout the event. Every member of this student group showcased different types of clothing worn in Ethiopia. The food during this event provided a rare taste of this beautiful East African Country.
Three Ethiopian Dancers showcased a traditional Ethiopian dance for the audience. They also taught students the basics of this particular Dance style. Enthusiastic Small World Coffee Hour participants joined in the dance creating an entertaining and cultural show.
Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
The Group also performed the sacred Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony with the audience while explaining the significance of Coffee in their culture, and its representation in their daily life. Each step of the Coffee Ceremony was explained in detail as it was being performed.
The student group displayed various specialty Ethiopian trinkets and decorations, such as their special coffee mugs, carpets, daily wear etc. They also gave a short presentation explaining the history, culture and lifestyle of Ethiopia. They showed pictures from the everyday lives of regular Ethiopians, and provided a rare glimpse into the lives of the east African country.
The Union of Students Speaking Russian is a unique group at University of Minnesota that has members spanning all over Europe and Asia. Tthey sponsored the Small World Coffee Hour event. They showcased the culture, the history and the beauty of Russian speaking countries throughout the event. Every member of this student group showcased different types of clothing worn different European. The food during this event provided a rare taste of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, to name a few.
A unique and fun dance was presented during this event. Direct audience participation was required during the event. The group members as well as the audience performed a Russian line dance.
The student group displayed various specialty Russian and Baltic trinkets and decorations, such as their daily wear, pictures of modern Russia etc. They also gave a short presentation explaining the history, culture and lifestyle of that particular side of Europe. They showed pictures from the everyday lives of regular Russians, and provided a rare glimpse into the lives of the Russian Speaking countries.