By Zhiying Xu |Staff Writer|
Music, free giveaways, art walk, food, inflatables and other fun activities took place at the International Market Night on the Library’s Lawn, Nov. 18 from 4p.m. – 9p.m.
“We expect to make this night market as well as ‘626 night market’ and we hope it not only attracts student
and staff, but also the residents of San Bernardino,” said Center for Global Management of College of Business & Public Administration Daniel Perez.
626 Night Market is one of the original and largest night markets in the United States, with over 200 food, retail, and craft vendors, plus art and musical attractions.
“Students organizations will be able to sell food and beverages of their country pending on approval by Environmental Health and Safety. We will provide chairs and tables for them if needed,” said Perez.
Lots of student organizations participated in this international market night.
“It is a good experience for us, it is our first time participating in this kind of event,” said President of the Chinese Student Association Jingjing Li.
Student organizations that participated kept all of their profits.
“We never think about the profit. We just want to show our culture and let our members of Chinese student association can join this international market and enjoy it,” said Li.
This market provided a place and a chance for people to
learn about other cultures through what the organizations showed.
“We were selling paper-cut, bookmark and bracelet etc which is filled with Chinese elements,” said Li.
Other booths also showed their traditional elements in different ways.
“I passed by the table of the French student association and I was attracted by them. They show cased French culture and they had game that recognized their landscape,” said student Xuanyi Wu.
The market also had games, music, food, art, free giveaways, inflatables, raffles that showcased the different cultures.
At the middle of this market, they had a bouncy house for children and adults to play together.
Family’s were also able to enjoy time together with their kids.
“When I saw many families have a good time during this market night, I felt peaceful and it made me miss my family so much,” said Chinese student, Yuqing Gui.
The event was free for students, faculty, and staff, but it charged general public $2 entrance fee, or half of the fee if they wore cultural clothing.
“The event gave wonderful
insight towards different cultures around campus,” said Perez. He hopes that international market night helped people understand life outside of this country.