21 March 2016

Culture weeks are fun, culture based events organized by our diverse student body. They provide students with yet another opportunity to put their leadership skills into practice, and they allow both students and staff to get a real feel for other cultures. So far this year, there have been three culture weeks: Chinese, Latin America and Japanese.

To coincide with Chinese New Year, Chinese Culture Week kicked off on the 15th of February with a Spring Festival Gala and a delicious Chinese New Year dinner. The gala consisted of a collection of traditional activities from singers and lion dancers, to tai chi performers and students modelling traditional Chinese clothes.

 

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Latin America Culture Week was next, and the celebrations began with screenings of the critically acclaimed ‘City of God’, which depicts the growth of organized crime in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janeiro, and ‘Relatos salvajes’. This was then followed by a dinner party. There were local specialties from Peru, Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil, as well as plenty of delicious food, drinks and desserts.

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After the Latin America Week, students then celebrated Japan Culture Week. Throughout the week, the organizing team planned great events such as a Japanese dinner party, with authentic Japanese dishes like sushi and sake, and a Japanese ‘virtual trip’.

The week’s main event was a fashion show that featured MBA students modelling beautiful kimonos and ‘cameos’ from famous Japanese characters such as sumo wrestlers, samurai, Pikachu and Mario. Students and guests were also able to pound mochi, a Japanese rice cake that is made out of mochigome, a short grain glutinous rice, as well as getting the chance to have their names written in Japanese calligraphy.

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All the culture weeks have been incredible so far and they are a true testament to the international focus of the HEC Paris MBA program!

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