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Culture Shock 2013 Multicultural Fair
Parma City Schools and Tri-C West
Johnny Wu keynote - Being Different
April 18, 2013

Cuyahoga Community College West and the Parma City School District presented the annual Culture Shock on April 18, 2013.

Susan W. Lohwater, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, English as a Second Language and ESL Coordinator, Advisor to International Club & Conversation Connection worked with the Parma City Schools to make it happen.

The event included tables representing various nationalities and cultures as well as multi-cultural performances.

Earth Balloon at Culture Shock 2013 at Tri-C West

Earth Balloon at Culture Shock 2013 at Tri-C West


In this video clip, a Tri-C student reads an award winning essay called 'My Journey to America' at the 2013 Culture Shock.



The other winning essay was from an 8th grade student for her story of moving from Syria.



Syrian student winning essay


Mark Curtis-Chavez, Associate Dean, Liberal Arts, introduced the keynote speaker.

Mark Curtis-Chavez, Associate Dean

Mark Curtis-Chavez, Associate Dean


Award Winning Filmmaker Johnny Wu was the keynote speaker. Wu is the President of OCA Cleveland Chapter and Co–Founder/Executive Committee Chair for the Cleveland Asian Festival among many other titles. Wu's presentation was titled "Being Different.”

In this video snippet, Johnny Wu gave examples of hate speech springing up in reaction to movies that portrayed Asians as villains. He said we should not believe the movies as truth - they are just movies.



Johnny Wu speaking at Culture Shock

Johnny Wu speaking at Culture Shock

See more from Johnny Wu's keynote address including an admonishment of Miley Cyrus.

There were also performances representing various cultures.

Miss Puerto Rican Image 2012 Aidelis Rivera performed a Puerto Rican dance.

Miss Puerto Rican Image 2012 Aidelis Rivera

Miss Puerto Rican Image 2012 Aidelis Rivera



Miss Puerto Rican Image 2012 Aidelis Rivera


See more from Aidelis Rivera

Two Ukrainian-American students performed a traditional dance.

Ukrainian students dancing



Ukrainian students dancing


There were dozens of tables offering information and artifacts about different cultures. Enjoy these images from the 2013 Culture Shock.

Iraqui artist Ahmed Gareeb behind one of his pieces

Iraqui artist Ahmed Gareeb behind one of his pieces


Bernadette Zubel of the Polish National Alliance

Bernadette Zubel of the Polish National Alliance


Saudi Students

Saudi Students


Cleveland Asian Festival display

Cleveland Asian Festival display


Gursharanjit Singh and Kanwarjit Singh

Gursharanjit Singh and Kanwarjit Singh


Honduran students

Honduran students


Ukraine Table

Ukraine Table


Romainian Table

Romania Table


Native American - First Nation - table

Native American - First Nation - table


Carl Moravec at the Czech table

Carl Moravec at the Czech table


Mahmoud Muhieddinc from the Islamic Center

Mahmoud Muhieddinc from the Islamic Center


Albanian Table

Albanian Table


Brazil display

Brazil display


Display of Iranian culture

Display of Iranian culture


Culture Shock audience


Culture Shock Earth Balloon



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