UN Day Tea celebrates cultural diversity at JSU

The 73rd annual UN Tea Day was held on Sunday, October 20 at the International House. (Grace Cockrell/JSU)The 73rd annual UN Tea Day was held on Sunday, October 20 at the International House. (Grace Cockrell/JSU)

Eric Taunton, News Correspondent

The International House hosted its 73rd annual UN Tea Day, an event that celebrates the respective countries of the residents living in the International House. Residents of the House performed native dances, songs and even a fashion show that represents their cultures.

“There are 40 students living in the International House representing 17 countries including Nepal, Vietnam, Nigeria and Japan. It’s been like a family, my second home,” said Jose Manuel, a 4-year resident of the House from Guatemala. “It’s really diverse, there are so many thoughts and ideas. I liked learning from someone else.” 

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UN Tea Day is an International House tradition that dates back to its creation. The International House was created in 1946, which was an idea conceived by Dr. James Harding Jones, former dean of the Foreign Language Department and a French professor at Jacksonville State Teachers College which is now Jacksonville State University. 

The mission of the House is “know one another, and you will love one another.”

“I’m proud to be apart of a tradition so long,” said Jason Mallet, the coordinator of the International House and Study Abroad. “It shows the cultural unity of everyone from around the world, even in a small place.”

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