International food and fun

We did multi-cultural night at Katy’s middle school for three years and thought we were finished with that. There’s not much communication between the middle and high schools so we never knew what the high school did. Now that Katy is in high school I don’t think she listens to half the announcements so we still don’t know what’s going on. Katy found out about international night pretty close to the last minute then she thought it was last Wednesday. She found out Thursday that it was tonight and it wasn’t too late to sign up for a table. So we dragged out all the Singapore stuff again.

We didn’t get any information except the date and that it started at 5:30. I figured 5 would be a good guess for what time we could set up but we weren’t sure where it was located. I really wish we had known that. It was out in the courtyard and the wind was blowing. We ended up taping the tri-folds to the front of the table, which is pretty much what everyone else was doing.

As at the middle school, it was mostly about the food. I decided I didn’t have the energy for curry puffs again so I opted for frozen spring rolls from the Hong Kong Market, which is actually mostly a Vietnamese supermarket. Katy said the event wasn[‘t nearly as big as at Autrey Mill so I made 50 spring rolls. Not nearly enough! They were gone in no time and people were disappointed they missed them. We had “kacup manis” (sweet soy sauce) to dip them in and most people weren’t familiar with that. Heath said they would have been good with Maggi chili sauce, also. I also did pandan cakes and prawn crackers and we had plenty of both of those and everyone seemed to enjoy them. I also had a dragon fruit at home and decided to take it. A few people were really interested in it and eager to try. I think next year I might do a fruit salad. One lady was really disappointed that my fruit display was fake fruit.

Pandan cakes, prawn crackers, spring rolls


A dragon fruit, for those who aren’t familiar with it.

We had several activities. I had trivia questions, which is really just a ploy to get people to actually read the display. If you answered the question right you got a prize (a pack of cookies made in Singapore) and lots of people did that. The chopsticks and beans were popular with people who could and couldn’t use chopsticks. And a few girls were familiar with five stones, a game similar to jacks but with no ball. One of the girls commented that she played with the rocks. I made the little pyramid-shaped bean bags we got in Singapore and they are much more comfortable for playing with.

Katy’s friends Allison and Daniel (one of the three Daniel Kims that she knows) looking up a trivia answer in the Singlish dictionary.


Showing off chopstick skills
Katy with Mr. Kim, her orchestra teacher

Heath and I were both away from the table when someone from Singapore stopped by. I wish I knew who it was, we could use help next year! We also ran into a couple that had been and a student who really wanted to go. And lots of people asking if we were from there.

I didn’t get pictures of any of the other tables but there were lots of them. India had several foods and a lots of knick-knacks to look at. There was a Persian table with kabobs purchased from a store and I got that place’s card. I’ll have to check it out. Pakistan had some yummy mango lassi and the French club made waffles with toppings at the Belgium table. We talked to a French teacher afterward and she said she had all the waffle makers and dishes in her classroom waiting to be washed. Korea had the ever-popular barbecue. And Heath warned the Mexico table next to us not to let me near the guacamole! I got some and it was good.

After the food and displays was a multi-cultural talent show. Katy had a couple of friends in one of the dance groups so she was anxious to see them. I don’t think either of them was anxious to be seen, though. The show was really incredible. There are some very talented kids at the school. Heath pointed out that only Johns Creek High School would have an Indian in the K-Pop dance group!

This girl sang a song in Arabic about a sparrow. The song was very pretty but I just love her outfit.
This is a Chinese dance group and Katy’s friend Annika is at the far left. Allison, from above, was also in this group.
Indian dancers

There was a tae kwon do demonstration that was just amazing. I gave up trying to get a photo of a board breaking and just went to doing a video.


Sort of martial arts meets ballet. It was very impressive.

There is a girl in Katy’s orchestra (there are three) who plays violin and is very talented in the fiddle style. She sometimes does lobby music before concerts so we had heard her fiddling before. It turns out she has a sister who plays piano and they played together. The emcees for the evening were a senior boy from India and a senior girl from the mid-east, I believe. Anyway, as they introduced the sisters they had fun pretending to not know how to pronounce Sarah and Madeline. “Those European names!”

Here’s a video of them playing three short pieces.

The evening was put on by the Indian Cultural Exchange and they had a wonderful dance group. They did a big Bollywood type of number that was really good.

It was actually a big group, but this was the best picture I could get.

It was a really nice evening. I’m so glad that Katy goes to a school with a lot of cultures and where those cultures are celebrated. The female MC said JCHS “is not a place where you have to hide who you are to fit in”.

We’re looking forward to next year and we’ll remember the tape. And I’m making curry puffs again next year.

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