ON FEBRUARY 14, 2014, Valentine’s Day, Ana Gil-García, a Fulbright Chicago board member, hosted a dinner for four Fulbright students currently attending graduate schools in diverse higher education institutions in Chicago.
Ly Hoang Ly (Vietnam), Mia Alkaff (Indonesia), Mukhayyo Mukhayyo (Uzbekistan), and Paninee Tepnarim (Thailand) enjoyed a variety of dishes of Mediterranean flavors, and desserts from India and Pakistan. At the dinner, Fulbright fellows shared their personal stories on the meaning of Valentine’s Day at their respective countries and what rituals and traditions are involved in the celebration of the day of love and friendship.
The dinner was organized by the Institute of International Education (Midwestern Regional Office) of Chicago. Similar events with host families, especially Fulbright alumni serving as hosts, are scheduled in the near future.