As a melting pot, US seems to give promises for opportunity-seekers and dreamers to quest for success because of wider chance this place offers, without too much cultural constraints. America, land of the free, home of the brave, that's what they say....
Despites strong dislikes to America in general, I couldn't agree more that if freedom is what people is trying to find out, then perhaps here is the right place to live your life. This is no absolute value, though. Things differ in many respects, depends on time, location and situation.
People all over the world come to this place with many reasons. As for East Lansing, since the city is the most part occupied by MSU, foreigners living here are usually students of MSU. I knew from the start that this place abounds with many foreigners especially from India, China (as might be expected)and Korea(surprisingly). But then, there came an event of Global Festival 2006. An event sponsored by ISA (International Student Association) which acknowledges the prevalence of varying culture, language, and custom from all over the world. I was so surpised knowing that there are more foreigners than what I have guessed.
The small-scale version of the world that day was coloured with stage performance in forms of dance, folk song, music, game, fashion show and display booths in separate room where each country was given a stall to display their traditonal objects and attributes.
I myself had the chance to perform Indonesian's traditional clothes, kebaya
in fashion show. I was reluctant at first walking on the catwalk (dont think highly about this word, it is so not like what you may think of), but some friends persuaded me over and over that I eventually decided to participate. It was really an interesting experience. For once in my life, I really feel like a model hehehehe.....
The event was quite a fun and festive occasion. And our booth, in my opinion is the best booth of all. Permias members has put much effort in decorating, decorating and embellishing it. And their efforts finally really paid off. State Journal has put the picture of Indonesian booth in the next day's issue
Other story can be found at Permias Website