The Norman Transcript


August 25, 2013

Free experience showcases international culture at OU

NORMAN — An international shopping and cultural experience will transform the University of Oklahoma’s South Oval from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2.

The International Advisory Committee, the umbrella group for international student organizations at the University of Oklahoma, hosts the 14th annual International Bazaar: Sooners of the World.

The event is free and open for OU and Oklahoma communities, including families.

“The International Bazaar is the biggest cultural event at OU in the fall semester,” said Cassi Toney, the International Advisory Committee president. “The bazaar offers OU students and the Oklahoma community the chance to encounter the rich international diversity within OU’s student body.”

Each of the 22 international student organizations at OU has a booth to sell handmade toys, clothing, jewelry and accessories from their countries, talk about their culture and serve their national snacks.

There will also be cultural performances, music and activities for children, including a cultural scavenger hunt to explore the booths.

The booths include India, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Colombia and many other international student organizations.

“I always love seeing college students and children interact with people from the different countries,” OU senior Toney said. “The international students delight in showing their cultures and products from their countries to the children.”

Skye Tylich, the vice-president external for the committee, said the International Bazaar is like stepping into another world right on OU's campus.

“In one space you can travel to India and buy bangles, travel to Korea and have your name written in beautiful calligraphy, get Middle Eastern henna designs on your hand, and watch performances from South America,” OU senior Tylich said.

Amy Lantrip, public affairs chair for the committee, said she is most looking forward to the cultural performances. Last year there were performances from Nepal, Africa, the Caribbean Islands, Korea and India.

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