TMU One World—TMU’s 2020 Culture Expo showcasing diversity on campus

Source: Office of Global Engagement

Published on 2021-03-03

Depicting the University’s ambition to build a multicultural-friendly campus, the “TMU One World” campaign was introduced by Taipei Medical University (TMU) Office of Global Engagement (OGE) to encourage sharing of cultures and heritage among local and foreign staff/students, facilitate social integration between different nationality groups, and create bonding across the campus.

The theme “Internationalized Campus” encompasses multiple aspects to facilitate cultural literacy as well as social integration.

Under “TMU One World,” TMU’s annual Culture Expo kicked off as a great fanfare between Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 2020, with local and international students and staff attending an event series organized by the Office of Global Engagement to showcase the campus’s energetic spirit and cultural diversity.

A sentiment was voiced by a second-year med student that the trio of events are such a success where the local students and international ones can interact with one another in a very natural way.

The followings are the details of the trio.

  • Nov. 26, 2020

    International Dance Night

    The first event of the Expo’s was the International Dance Night, where groups from Indonesia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Taiwan, India, and the US wowed the crowd with colorful costumes and smooth dance moves as they performed variations on their countries’ traditional and modern dances.

    Group photo in International Dance Night

  • Nov. 27-Dec. 2, 2020

    International Culture Booth

    Next came the International Culture Booth, where over 600 students packed a whole floor over four days of fun, games and trivia that featured ten cultures from TMU’s international community.

    Booths representing Chile, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, the USA, Mongolia, South Africa, Estonia, Thailand, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines displayed information about each country and its culture, and was manned by representatives who taught (and often defeated) their peers at games like beer pong (USA), memorizing dance moves (Chile), and variations of pick-up-sticks (Vietnam and Indonesia). Other games were somewhat more intellectual, like St Vincent’s ten-second trivia, Estonia’s dice matching, or India’s chess station.

    TMU international students respectively design interactive games, mobilizing the cultural exchanges.

  • Dec. 3, 2020

    International Food Festival

    Finally the International Food Festival, attendees of this TMU’s ever-popular event gathered to fill up on home-cooked dishes like Indian curry, Vietnamese spring rolls, and Malawian stew with nsima. In scenes resembling a kind of culinary United Nations, students from a half-dozen countries snacked on foods from a half-dozen others, while chatting inside a real Mongolian ger.

    In ger, students from various countries enjoy food as well as their conversation, somehow embodying the cultural immersion at home.

    Hundreds turned out for this year’s Culture Expo to enjoy food, friends, and fun. But just as important was the chance for students to gather as part of the extended TMU family.

    Group photo in International Food Festival