The day after the presidential election, the minorities of OU came together and we marched on campus to show we are and will remain unified. We do know that Oklahoma is a red state, but we want everyone on campus to know that we will stand together as the minorities to help each other. It didn’t matter if we were black, Mexican, Asian or gay, we wanted to show that we are strong and we will not let our campus fall apart. We don’t want to segregate the campus, but it is nice to know we have each other to lean on during hard times. In those moments of being together, we learned so much about our different cultures and beliefs. It’s amazing what you can learn by just listening to someone for five minutes and being interested in their story. It’s really something to think about.
I went back to the Asian American food event because I loved it so much the first time. A new food I tried was the deep fried pork spring rolls. They had a peculiar taste, but it was still delicious to me. I went to this event last year and thought it would be the same but fortunately I was able to try so much more! I brought more of my friends along to learn about the Asian American food and try the amazing food. This is definitely an event I plan on coming to every year!
We’ve all drank Lipton Green Tea right? I thought this tea would be the same. I WAS WRONG!!! The taste was not my favorite. It tasted mostly like leaves and water so I’ll stick to my Lipton. There are many different customs that come with drinking Chinese tea including: a sign of respect, family gatherings, to apologize and to show gratitude. It seemed to be a formal setting as well. There was also a light finger tapping to show respect to the tea server. I probably won’t go back to this event, as it was not my favorite.
Has everyone heard of the salsa, cha cha, mambo, and rumba? I got to experience these dances with the Latin dance club on September 13, 2016. I learned about the culture and meaning behind each dance. I thought it might be easy because we see these dances on television all the time, but it was a real challenge! My favorite dance was definitely the salsa! I went to the meeting with some of my friends from parts of Latin America, and they told me learning these dances was rooted in their culture. I felt honored to put a little spice in my life! I would recommend going to one of the Latin America events, it was a big highlight of my semester!
On September 7th, 2016 I was able to attend the study abroad fair we have at OU! As a GEF, I am required and pleased to study abroad for a summer and a semester, so going to the fair was very beneficial for me! I learned a lot about Spanish 3 in Spain and Organic Chemistry in Arezzo! I have decided to go to Spain this upcoming summer! I am extremely excited about this amazing opportunity to travel abroad! I am so thankful OU has this fair to help us students learn more about the great journeys we can explore while here at OU!
There has been a debate on whether or not the 2016 Olympics should be held in Rio because of the outbreak of Zika in Brazil. Attaran claims that the data available at the time the International Olympic Committee made the decision to continue with the games was misleading in the extent of the virus’s spread, as well as the effects on those who contract it. Should we let people get infected, just so they can come back to America and spread the disease?“Sports fans who are wealthy enough to visit Rio’s games choose Zika’s risks for themselves, but when some of them return home infected, their fellow citizens bear the risk, too — meaning that the upside is for the elite, but the downside is for the masses,“ Attaran points out.
On April 4th Dr. Carsten Vala, of Loyola University Maryland, discussed the 21st century Chinese communist party promoting nationalism as a way to legitimize its rule over the people. This caused the Chinese protestants to compromise their worship at official churches. He spoke about forty interviews conducted in mainland China in 2009-2010, and illustrated the strategies by which protestant leaders negotiated the CCP’s nationalism agenda. His research interest include, Chinese religion an politics as well as the impact of China’s globalization on Latin America. I found this topic very interesting its perspective on the Chinese government and how they have altered the electoral rules to silence one of the mos vocal critics. Over the past year the Chinese government has also tightened controls on domestic media to restrict information, I am glad we have the constitution in America. I would recommend going to see one of his lectures.
I enjoyed the last group meeting we had. I am glad career services came to speak with us about resumes and job opportunities abroad. I already have a resume, but now I know so many ways I can improve it! I also did not know there were so many options we could do abroad for internships and jobs. Since I am in the medical field, I believe helping abroad would be amazing experience and I would enjoy it so much!
On May 4th, 2016 I went to a lecture on the debate if Alexander Hamilton was Jewish or Christian. Dr. Porwancher explained to us why he believed Alexander Hamilton is Jewish. Dr. Porwancher told us how Hamilton’s mother married a Jewish man and converted to Judaism herself. When Alexander was born she raised him in a Jewish school while he studied the Torah. When Hamilton’s mother died when he was 13 it is believed that Hamilton stopped being Jewish in between that time frame when he came to America at the age of 17. When he came to America he classified himself as Christian. There is a great debate because even though Dr. Porwacher is stating these facts, what all can be proven?
On April 2, 2016 I attended the Miss Hispanic OU pageant. I loved the cultural presentations performed by each contestant! I learned some steps for salsa, learned about the Mexican-American War, and learned how to make some delicious dishes. The talents were amazing as well! I got to actually see some salsa dancing and heard inspiring monologues about prostitution inn Mexico and the feeling of having a father deported. It was an amazing pageant as well!