Highlights from the South Asia Culture Café

Photo by Geoffrey Baker of the Howard County Library System

Columbia and Howard County are renowned for their diversity. This past Sunday, Columbia Association (CA) and the Howard County Library System continued to celebrate that diversity with its South Asia Culture Café, part of a continuing series that has also included culture cafés for West Africa, Latin America and East Asia.

“The idea is to share the diversity that we have here in Columbia and Howard County,” Laura Smit, CA’s program manager for international exchange and multicultural programs, said before the event. “We want to foster a greater understanding, appreciation and respect for international cultures, and promote opportunities for residents to develop relationships with those from different backgrounds.”

Photo by Geoffrey Baker of the Howard County Library System

The free event, held at the library system’s Miller Branch, wasn’t just for those from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, but also for anyone interested in South Asian culture.

A great photo album from the event is available at this link. And to read the Howard County Times’ article on the culture café, click here.

More information on CA’s international exchange and multicultural programs can be found here. (Also, check out the Facebook and Twitter pages)

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