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ICBS hosts ‘Focus on Brazil’

Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010

Updated: Thursday, November 18, 2010 15:11

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CATHERINE AU JONG/Northern Iowan

Students participated in “Focus on Brazil,” which offered them the opportunity to experience Brazilliam food, dance and culture.

The University of Northern Iowa International Club for Business Students hosted "Focus on Brazil" Nov. 16. Students experienced Brazil in various forms, including food, displays, dance and discussions. The event attracted students from many backgrounds.

The committee provided foods from Brazil such as chocolates, snacks and coffee, as well as information displays that helped students learn about Brazilian culture and businesses.

The UNI Capoeira team also colored the night with their performance and invited students to perform with them. After entertainment and treats, students started to talk to each other and shared information.

Members of the ICBS believe that holding events like this is really important for all students, not only for business students. They say there is an increasing trend of student awareness towards globalization and learning about other cultures, hence the ICBS offers a bridge for students to explore other cultures.

"I did not know exactly what Brazil is about, except for the soccer," said Khidir Ridzuan, a member of ICBS. "And I also did not know how the business culture in Japan is, but after ‘Focus on Japan,' I know there are certain ways they do things that other countries do not practice."

As Brazil is also one of the countries that is economically developing, the ICBS students believe that it is important to learn its culture.

"Globalization is happening and business people need to tailor their business to suit the local culture that they are in," Ridzuan said.

The ICBS is planning to conduct focuses on other countries including Russia, France and Malaysia. Students may also nominate their home countries to be featured.

Although most of the people who came to this event are business students, the ICBS is expecting more students to take advantage of the events they offer.

"Usually we have more people that are interested in the culture, even more than the business aspect of it," said Choekyab Tuladhar, an ICBS member from Nepal.

ICBS is looking to recruit more members for the organization. Members can come from any background or major.

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