By Mariana Lima
If you are curious to taste English black pudding, Japanese miso soup and rice for breakfast or simply want to make friends, the address is the same for both – room L-208c.
San Diego City College students created the City College International Club to support their fellow students from any place in the world, including the United States.
According to Communications Promoter Eddie Rosenbaum, the idea behind the club is to integrate international students with the community by promoting diversity and cultural awareness.
For those reasons, the international club arranges social gatherings so participants can truly experience some of the traditions they talk about during the meetings.
Currently, they have been trying a variety of international kitchens, which is a foundation of the club. Next is a taste of South America, where club members will go out and try the famous Brazilian skewered barbecue. Each person gets to choose his/her own steaks cut off from giant chunks of assorted meats, all cooked from rare to well-done and served in long metal sticks by rotating servers.
Besides promoting diversity with culinary appreciation, the club also attempts to achieve cultural awareness by forming a group of international representatives at City College. The club encourages its members to voice stories from their homelands through short speeches, generating diverse topics of discussion during their meetings.
“We welcome anyone who is interested in cross-cultural communications,” said Secretary Reiko Seri. “We don’t exclude anybody for any reason.”
The International Club members invite newcomers to join their meetings at 1 p.m. every Friday on campus.
They are reached at http://icsdcc.blogspot.com/ or by e-mail at