HU holds the “2012 Regional World Cooking 1” International Exchange Event

Hiroshima University hosts many events such as cultural interchange programs or nature experience in order to encourage exchange between international and Japanese students. Starting last academic year, we have been conducting “Regional World Cooking”: International students from various countries become “one-day cooking teachers” and participants - international and Japanese students - cook and eat traditional local specialties of the teacher’s home country together.

The first session of this academic year was held on June 30, (Sat) in the free space on the first floor of the Student Plaza. The students made a Chinese dish called “Kung Pao chicken”, a well-known Chinese Sichuan dish which cooks diced chicken and peanuts with red peppers. They also cooked “steamed littleneck clams” (similar to steamed egg hotchpotch with littleneck clams). The cooking teachers this time were Ms. LIU YANG and Ms. RA SHISHI, two international students from China. There were 7 Japanese and 4 international students, altogether 13 participants enjoying the cooking. First they introduced themselves and listened to the instructions of the “teachers”, then divided into several groups where they helped each other cook the dishes.

The participants said:” We were very happy to eat real Chinese cooking”. “Cooking let me feel the difference between cultures and I could make new friends. It was really fun.” etc.. The food provided cross-cultural experiences and helped to deepen cross-cultural understanding. Cooking together, the students were able to enjoy international exchange.

Knowing each other’s daily life food culture helps one understand other cultures, and we hope that international exchange on campus will continue to become more and more active.

The students listening to the cooking teacher’s instructions

Learning how to prepare “Steamed littleneck clam”

Learning how to prepare “Kung Pao Chicken”

Group photo

Enjoying conversation during lunch


International Exchange Group,

Education and International Office,

Hiroshima University



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