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Mirrah Explains Why Fasting During Ramadan is Harder in the US

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Friday, August 16th, 2013 at 10:01 am

Mirrah is starting a master’s degree in bioengineering this fall at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. But before she begins her studies, she had to conquer another challenge – her first Ramadan and Eid-al Fitr in the U.S. She wrote to us to “share my story about how I fasted and how I celebrated.” […]

Nhat Describes Why Celebrating the Lunar New Year in America Just Isn’t the Same

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Sunday, February 10th, 2013 at 12:49 am

Around this time last year, Nicholas regaled us with tales of spending his first Lunar New Year in the U.S. – the reunion dinner his Asian friends cooked together, the traditions he taught his American friends, and why it wasn’t so bad to be away from home during the holiday. But Facebook fan Nhat had […]

My First Christmas in America: Why Did My Host Ask for a Gift at His Own Christmas Party?

by Sunny Peng - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, December 27th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

“I just got an invitation from one of my anthropology professors for a Christmas Eve dinner at his house. Would you like to go with me?” I asked my Chinese roommate while she was struggling with some high-level econometric problems. She immediately lifted her head up, “Nice! I’d love to!” “Wait a second. This is […]

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The Beautiful Traditions: My Christmas and Thanksgiving in America

by Sarah Bosha - Posts (4). Posted Thursday, December 27th, 2012 at 10:13 am

My American Thanksgiving was a truly wonderful experience and gave me a glimpse into what the holiday means for Americans and those living in America. I was privileged to have two Thanksgiving feasts with all the traditional foods, turkey, apple pie, green bean casserole, and the works! The first was at my church the week […]

Where to Travel for Christmas: Washington, DC

by Javaria Khan - Posts (6). Posted Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 at 10:52 am

One year ago: December 2011. A girl’s bags are packed and she is literally “ready to go,” just like John Denver was. She is leaving her home, her family to go miles away, halfway across the world, to the land of dreams, the U.S.A. Yes, she is scared. Yes, she is nervous. However, there is […]

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In Pictures: A Vietnamese Tet in America

by Thuy Pham - Posts (6). Posted Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 at 10:12 am

Vietnamese people celebrate the Lunar/Chinese New Year as Tet.  It’s a meaningful occasion for every Vietnamese – a time for family reunions, greetings and making New Year’s wishes. This is the second year that I did not celebrate the Tet holidays in my home country. But happily, since I am living among the biggest Vietnamese […]

My Ang Pows Wait at Home While I Celebrate a Different Chinese New Year in the US

by Nicholas Lau - Posts (6). Posted Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 11:04 am

For those that are unfamiliar with the Chinese New Year (also known as the Spring Festival, or Lunar New Year in the U.S.), it is one of the most important celebrations among Chinese populations around the world. On Chinese New Year’s eve, the entire extended family will gather for a reunion dinner, which is a […]

Sharing a Magical American Christmas in North Dakota

by Dandan - Posts (11). Posted Monday, January 9th, 2012 at 10:44 am

As an exchange student from China, I just finished my first (and last) winter break in North Dakota. I finished my finals in late December and checked out of my dorm room to spend the vacation in the city of Grand Forks. Maia Randclev, my best American friend, invited me to spend Christmas with her […]

The November Holiday You Haven’t Heard Of

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

As November is on its last couple of days, I would like to look back on what these past few weeks have left us international students, living in our surrogate home. Many of us Student Union bloggers will probably be talking about Thanksgiving, a truly American holiday, and I will too, but I believe there […]

My First Thanksgiving

by Nicholas Lau - Posts (6). Posted Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

It has been around three months since I arrived in the United States, and I’m still always excited to experience new things, especially those exclusive to America, adding to my long list of firsts. Last week, my new first was celebrating Thanksgiving in the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina. On the beautiful Thanksgiving morning, […]

5 Weird Things That Happen on American Thanksgiving

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 at 6:46 pm

The fourth Thursday of November is the American holiday of Thanksgiving.  It’s one of America’s most deeply-held national traditions, and one that we love to show off to foreign students.  A day to eat good food in the company of loved ones and give thanks for what we have – what could be nicer? But […]

Why a School-full of Americans Now Know About Nepal (SHARING is CARING!)

by Abhushan Gautam - Posts (2). Posted Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 at 3:05 pm

“Namaste! I am Abhushan and I am from Nepal.” “Really? Have you ever climbed Mt. Everest?” “Do you live in the mountains?” “Do you pet Yetis back in Nepal?” “Yes, I am from Nepal.” “No I haven’t climbed Mt. Everest because it is at a whopping altitude of 8850 meters.” “I live in a big […]

Some Personal Favorites from the Past Year: Cultures, Subcultures, and Love

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, June 17th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I did a similar list at Christmas time, so I won’t repeat any of the posts I listed there. Take a look back at that post from December 2010 to see some previous favorites worth checking out. Top 5 personal favorites #1) We Are Not Terrorists: Muslim Experiences on Campus, Question of the Week Also:My […]

A New Start: Nawroz in Afghanistan and America

by Farima Afaq - Posts (7). Posted Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 10:26 am

The new year in Afghanistan is called Nawroz (sometimes spelled Nowruz or Nawruz in English). The first day of the Afghan month Hamal, which falls on the 21st of March, was the first day of the new year in Afghanistan and some other countries. This day is considered one of the biggest holidays of the […]

Rabbits Invade US Colleges for the Spring Festival

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, February 7th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Last week, Tara talked about celebrating the Chinese New Year at the University of Southern California.  Tara decided to let the holiday pass with little fanfare, although her campus Chinese Students Association throws a Spring Festival Gala with food and performances. It’s not only at USC where you can find ways to get in the […]

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