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Health Science II students celebrated their cultures
The Honors Health Science II students celebrated their cultures through the sharing of food and music. The celebration grew out a class discussion on communication barriers due to cultural differences. The discussion highlighted that culture also extends to individual family traditions. Each family unit within a larger cultural group has its own traditions. Each student agreed to bring either a dish or music that was â€œspecialâ€ to his/her own family.
Dishes varied from Mariah Barberâ€™s sausage cheese dip which is a staple at her church gatherings to Jonathan Bivensâ€™ tabouleh salad. The Bivens family began enjoying the dish when one of Jonathanâ€™s siblings dated a girl from Lebanon. Tabouleh is a salad made with grains, chopped tomato, cucumber and parsley. Lauren Horrell and her mother enjoy researching and trying new recipes. Together they found a recipe for a chocolate chip cheese ball which the group enjoyed. EmilyAnne Sewell and Cody Chatterton both shared treats that they reported â€œare always aroundâ€ in their homes. EmilyAnne brought pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and Cody banana bread. Dhara Patel brought a â€œpuffâ€ snack that is a snack street food in India. Puffs are crispy layered pastry filled with spiced potatoes. Kyle Brown shared that he brings home caramel popcorn from the golf course and his family says it is the best theyâ€™ve ever had. Ally Holstonâ€™s family always makes brownies in a muffin tin because everyone likes the crust. Haneen Muhyeddin prepared a Middle Eastern dessert called Qatayif. Qatayif is cheese stuffed into a pancake-like dough dipped in sugary syrup. It is a traditional Ramadan dessert. Baked goods are a special treat in Toni Jenkinsâ€™ home since her mom is an accomplished baker. Toni brought beautifully decorated strawberry cupcakes. Mrs. Brower made traditional southern banana sandwiches for the group.
The foods were further enhanced by music provided by Mike Bazzi. He played â€œNari Narianâ€ by Hisham Abbass. â€œNari Narianâ€ is a belly dancing song sung in both Indian and Arabic. Dhara modeled Indian clothes that she wore to a traditional Indian wedding. Haneen also modeled a tradition Palestinian dress featuring hand embroidery.
Written by: Cheryl Edwards
Posted: Sep 26, 2011 by Cheryl Edwards