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Taste of Latin America

Multicultural Center offers food tour of Latin America

By Eunice Tibay
On September 28, 2017

Photo by Brit Raley
Esmeralda Miranda and Briana Ramos, juniors, start by getting Mexican food

Students had the opportunity to taste food from six Latin American countries Sept. 27 at the Multicultural Center’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration: Tour of Latin America in the UC.

"Hispanic Heritage consists of more than just Mexico," Erika Baeza, Director of Multicultural & Student Activities Programs, said. "We have a large Hispanic population, and Hispanic Heritage is a lot more than just Mexico–it’s all of Latin America. There’s so many countries and all of them have such a rich culture and history, and they have given so much to the United States."

ASU is a Hispanic Serving Institution and home to many Hispanic students.

"It’s important that we celebrate the diversity that we have on campus, especially because there’s so many students that have so many different backgrounds," Lizette Guerrero, junior, said, "I think it’s nice to celebrate everyone."

The countries represented were Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico.

Food such as Mexican arroz con leche, Argentina’s empanada de carne and Cuban sandwiches are just some of the traditional dishes that were served at the event.

The Multicultural center presented some traditions, culture and history of the six countries that were represented.

"It tells you a lot about the culture and how it is," freshman Maleigha Barber said. "I have no idea what they have in these kinds of different countries so it’s really interesting."

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