By Christina Manuel
International students came together to showcase their talents and cultural backgrounds at the Global Education Institute’s (GEI) talent show on Jan. 10.
GEI is under Cal Poly Pomona’s department of College of the Extended University.
The GEI program hosts international students at CPP while they study as students either working for a degree, or training for a job in their country that requires hands-on experience.
The event showcased three different groups, two from China and one from Korea.
The two groups of international students from China were Jiangxi Taxation, and the Aviation Hospitality Program (AHP).
The students in the Jiangxi Taxation group are staying at CPP for three months to study international taxation, and the official tax laws in the U.S.
The students described their job in China as ‘civil servants’ working as officers in taxation establishments, and they are required to have international experience before they can move up in their careers.
Now embarking on her second month here in the U.S., Jiangxi Taxation student Enid Guo is more than impressed by CPP’s beautiful landscape and wishes her stay was longer than three months.
The second group from China that is part of the GEI program are the AHP students studying hospitality at CPP for their degree requirements.
English as a Second Language (ESL) professor Gwen Luib has been working with the AHP students during their stay here, and attended the talent show to support them.
“The talent show is something special and fun,” said professor Luib.
“It happens at least twice a year and it’s a special occasion for them.”
Stating that cultural shock can be a lot for students, professor Luib also acknowledges the fact that students want to be a part of American life just as much as they can in ways like choosing their own American name to go by during their stay.
The third group in the GEI program is the Kyung Hee University hospitality students from Korea.
The Kyung Hee University students are the newest group to the GEI program, having only arrived at CPP two weeks ago.
Yi Xiang, the Global Coordinator of GEI and the host of the talent show enjoys working with students from all over the world, and helping them become familiar with CPP.
“It’s very fulfilling, it’s very interesting to meet people from different backgrounds,” Xiang said.
“It’s nice to help them get to know a different culture too.”
All students from the three different programs participated in the talent show, giving a variety of performances from singing, dancing, and performing on instruments.
The talent show is a way for the international students to have fun and take a break from their studies and also enjoy their stay at CPP.
With each show the different cultures and backgrounds were displayed, and were presented by three hosts that spoke Chinese, Korean and English.
One of the performers, Jiangxi Taxation student Vanessa Yu had performed her captivating solo piece on her Chinese traditional instrument, the hulusi.
“The hulusi is made from a vegetable,” said Yu.
“It used to be made from a calabaza squash. It’s traditional for Chinese minority groups to play it so I learned it in junior high school.”
Throwing roses to the performers, giving standing ovations and even jumping out of their seats knocking the chairs out of alignment, the students were enthralled by each and every performance.
Hosting events like the GEI talent show is a great way to let international students meet each other and experience being a part of CPP.
Jennifer Morales / The Poly Post
Students in the Jiangxi Taxation group are staying at CPP for three months to study international taxation
Jennifer Morales / The Poly Post
The Kyung Hee University students are the newest to the GEI program having arrived to CPP two weeks ago
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