On Sept. 3 Culture Shock put on their first event. Culture Shock is a club at Roanoke College determined to raise awareness for cultural issues that those in their own individual and developing cultures may not know about. Current officers in the club provided different food options from around the globe for those at the event to try. This was key to their explanation of what the club would be focusing on during the semester: issues of food and health in other cultures.
Some of the samples that were present at the event were snowball cookies, which are common in Mexico, apple sharlottka, which is a Ukranian pie, egg noodles with peas, Mexican yellow rice, stuffed mushrooms, Polish city chicken, apricot curry kebab which is common in Africa, and a Greek specialty of cucumber cups with homemade hummus on top.
In a brief powerpoint presentation, Dasha Mikhailova, president of Culture Shock, introduced some staggering statistics about food disparities in other countries as well as food deserts within our own. She explained also the things that Culture Shock would be doing to raise awareness for these statistics and the real world issues that surround them. One example is that the club would be having a cooking contest that, like many that are on the food network every day, would have twists that would make it seem more authentic to different cultures who may not have the same opportunities for certain ingredients or settings.
Other events that the club will be hosting this year include a discussion on the paradox of undernourishment. This event will be discussing hunger in other countries and how it compares to hunger in America, encouraging students to look deeper at the hunger present all around them. There will also be a panel discussion on Obesity in Palau which will be led by some students from a May Term that visited this country, and Dr. Chad Morris of the anthropology department.
Culture Shock is also becoming further involved with community gardens in order to be more aware of where our food comes from and help in the process. Community Service will also take place in a local soup kitchen in the Roanoke Valley to help solve problems of hunger in our own community. There will also be discussions on cities like Detroit, whose poverty and hunger have been combatted by localization, and what this process means. If anyone is interested in any of these events, they are encouraged to check out Culture Shock’s page on Orgsync or be looking out for fliers about these upcoming events.