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The 34th Annual International Dinner & Performance Night

The University YMCA & The International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) present the 34th Annual International Dinner & Performance Night. Join us for a fun-filled night with family and friends, featuring food from all over the world and entertaining performances from community and campus members.

Sunday, March 12, 2017, 6pm to 8pm
University YMCA | Latzer Hall
1001 S. Wright St, Champaign, IL

Tickets on sale now by online reservation for $16 (see form below) and for $15 if purchased at the front desk of the University YMCA
. (Checks should be made payable to the University YMCA). Tickets sell fast and space is limited; please plan to purchase your tickets well in advance.

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View the menu and performance program




"Welcoming celebrations like the International Dinner & Performance Night are part of a powerful and growing movement in Champaign County and across the nation," said Mike Doyle, Executive Director of the University YMCA. "Communities recognize that they are more vibrant and prosperous when everyone feels welcomed and can fully participate. In the spirit of our collective efforts to be welcoming, the University YMCA looks forward to seeing new and long-time residents build bridges to make the campus community and the communities of Champaign County stronger."

At this critical time in history, the YMCA of the University of Illinois stands by its work as a builder of bridges between campus and surrounding communities. In Champaign County, we can show all that our differing identities are actually assets in making our communities and nation stronger. In light of our collective work to lift up the welcoming efforts of our communities, we see the Y’s International Dinner and Performance Night as a key community bridge-building event that raises awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone and bringing together newcomers and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity.

At the 34th Annual International Dinner, we will have some fun, community bridge-building and story sharing activities planned in addition enjoying an evening of great food and live music in celebration of the diverse cultures that make up Champaign-Urbana.


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(Check back for more updates to the performance program soon!)

Shubhang Goswami. Shubhang is an Indian beatboxer who has performed at multiple times in fests and events in India. Shubhang was a quarter-finalist in a national level beatbox competition in India.

Pedro Bello-Maldonado of the Colombian Student Association  performing traditional Colombian-Venezuelan harp Musica Llanera, the music is from the region of the country where people work with cattle and livestock, similar to the cowboys in the USA.

Jasmine Field Orchestra consists 7of Chinese undergraduates and graduates from various majors who are interested in music instrument and cooperative music performance. The ensemble consists of two sections: Chinese instruments and Western instruments, and works on arranging pieces that involve both traditional chinese and western music elements.

Jessica Hajek performing the koto, the national instrument of Japan.  Jessica Hajek is a Graduate Student in Musicology with a specialization in Latin America and the Caribbean Music.  The koto is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument derived from the Chinese zheng, and similar to the yatga, the gayageum, and the Vietnamese



Dish Country Main Dish/Dessert
Lu Rou Fan (Taiwanese braised pork with rice) Taiwanese American Main
Maki Japan Main
Scallion and kimchi jeon, Korean pancakes South Korea Main
Borscht Russia Main
Red-berry Compot with Vanilla Pudding Germany Dessert
"Khalal Stew" with "Zaafaran rice"
Iran Main
"Ashe Reshte" Iran Main
Sooji Halwa Bangladesh Dessert
Fish curry (salmon) Bangladesh Main
Mac and Cheese United States Main
Banana Pudding United States Dessert
Passion Fruit Mousse Brazil Dessert
Ma-po tufu China Main
Arepas Colombia Main
Lemon Rice India Main
Mango Kulfi India Dessert
Chicken Fried Rice China Main
Chinchin Nigeria Dessert
Bunuelos Mexico Dessert
Baked Mac & Cheese United States Main
Braised Chicken with Potato and Green Pepper China Main
Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs China Main
Berees Mongolia Dessert
Buuz/Hushuu Mongolia Main
Kugelis Lithuania Main
Phyllo with Ground Beef Egypt Main
Mishti Doi Bangladeshi Dessert
Fried rice Vietnam Main
Biryani India Main
Githeri Kenya Main
Maandazi Kenya Dessert
Yogurt Rice India Dessert
Chna Pulao India Main
Es Buah Indonesia Dessert
Bakwan Jagung Indonesia Dessert



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