Fourteen different cultures were represented in tea from all over the globe that was offered for tasting Monday, Oct. 14, from 1:30-4 p.m. in the Memorial Union.
“The international program created the International Tea Party because we have a lot of international students here at ESU this year and this is a way to introduce their tea and culture to Americans and other international students,” said Jose de la Fuente, graduate information technology student and international programmer in the Office of International Education.
Some of these fourteen cultures included Japan, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Mexico.
“We chose tea as the main idea because many of the countries have it and it is easy to make,” de la Fuente said.
The tea party was set up with booths that contained two countries each. Many international students came in order to their support for their countries and to try some of the other teas that were available.
“The tea party was fun because when I tasted the tea that we have back in Egypt, I felt like I was back at home,” said Yasmeen Ibrahim, freshman undecided major. “I also got to taste some of the other teas from my new friends’ countries and learned more about their culture and where they came from. It really helped me open up a bit towards some of the other international and regular students at ESU.”
Many of the countries booths were mixed. There was a booth with Mexico and Columbia and Nigeria with Zimbabwe.
“We have four different teas at our booth,” said Eunice Chilimanzi, a front desk receptionist at OIE who participated in the event. “One is from Zimbabwe and the others are from Nigeria. The tea from Zimbabwe generally contain more milk and is hotter then the teas from Nigeria.”
The International Tea Party was created for international students to feel more at home at ESU and become more comfortable with the other international students, Fuente said. This is the second year that Fuente has participated in the event, and he said he feels that with its success, it will become another one of ESU’s traditions.