Physical distancing does not mean social distancing. In this unusual time, students in the UCLA Anderson community found a different — and delicious — way to celebrate cultural diversity.
The International Business Association (IBA) invited Anderson students to a cross-cultural, virtual food festival, where its members shared recipes, favorite restaurants and global cuisine with the help of representatives from eight different identity clubs.
The celebration was attended by 60 students who spanned three class years and three programs, full-time MBA, FEMBA and EMBA. In an effort to support some of our favorite restaurants that bring food to our doorsteps through contactless delivery, students from more than 10 countries ordered cuisine from China, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Greece, Germany, India and Latin America.
One of the things that made this “remote” event surprisingly fun was an interactive poll with some of the weirdest facts about food from different countries — like the fruit that’s so stinky it’s banned from hotels and airline cabins. After students submitted their responses, representatives from the different clubs provided the correct answers with brief explanations: Wait, what? Chop Suey was invented in America, not China? Good luck convincing 1.4 billion people in China.
The event provided an opportunity for the Anderson community to say farewell to IBA’s Class of 2020 members, wishing them the very best as they venture into their careers in this challenging time.
We express special thanks to our sponsor, UCLA Anderson’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. IBA is dedicated to building community and bringing together the greater Anderson student body and its identity clubs. In addition to IBA, other food festival participants included: South Asian Business Association, Japan America Business Association, Greater China Business Association, Korean Business Student Association, European Business Association, Southeast Asia Business Association, Asian Management Student Association and Latin American Business Association.