Colors of Our Community Cultural Fair planned for April 1

By: ISU Communications and Marketing Staff, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
March 17, 2009

Cultures will collide during the Colors of Our Community Cultural Fair. The fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 at Union Hospital.

It is being planned by Indiana State University graduate students Yi Chew and Pei Hsuan Sun as part of an internship with the hospital, in conjunction with the hospital's Employee Satisfaction Team. Both are studying human resource development.

"We wanted to provide an opportunity for health care professionals and the community to gain a basic understanding of different cultures and the differences among cultures in rituals and customs related to healthcare," Yi Chew said. "We also want to foster respect and appreciation for our community's multiethnic heritage."

International organizations from Indiana State will have booths displaying information about their country. The event will also feature food samples and a fashion show. The chaplain's office at Union Hospital will host a booth featuring information about spirituality in different cultures. Countries that will be represented include Africa, Spain, Mexico, India, Korea, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, the People's Republic of China and Japan. Booths will be set up in the Green and Grey rooms of the hospital, located at 1606 N. 7th St. in Terre Haute

The fair is free and open to Union Hospital Health Group staff and patients, as well as the public. For more information, contact Yi Chew at 812-223-2703 or by e-mail at yyang2@indstate.edu.

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Writer: Emily Taylor, assistant director of media relations, Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or etaylor16@indstate.edu