Different cultures bring different “gifts” to the greater community that include an appreciation of a sense of community or of our interdependence, and/or a handling of environmental or social problems. Either discuss or research examples of these “gifts” of a chosen ethnic group that is different from your own for an Operation Bon Appétit Dinner Party.

Video: There are many videos to stimulate conversations about being a global friend.  This one appears on our website: 

Farmers’ Cooperative in Zambia
How a Floridian couple, Michigan school students and an African farmer teamed up to enhance the education of girls and launch agricultural reform.

Guests


Family, Friends, Neighbors, Colleagues, Students, Diplomats, Service People—Grocery Store Clerks, Dry Cleaners, Restaurant Workers—Of Various Ethnic Backgrounds

Setting


Round Table—Kitchen, Dinning Room, or Living Room; Hispanic, Asian, European, Australian, Canadian, African, Indian, Island or Indigenous People’s Club Room or Faith Community Space; Decorate space within your own home with flags or pictures from different countries.

Tablescape


Paper Mache globe with children in ethnic dress of different countries surrounding the globe and holding hands, with Dove of Peace on top

OR Collage of Photos of Different Countries Glued to Cone made from Poster Board to be placed in center of table.

Art/Music


Guest brings CD of Favorite Ethnic Songs to be played softly in background.

Menu


Potluck of Ethnic Dishes: Give guests choices of appetizer, entrée, salad, and dessert.
Drinks: Wine or Favorite Beverage from various countries including U.S. A dish served in Zambia appears below.  Cowpeas are similar to blackeye peas.

Conversation Opener


Share a custom from your ethnic history that you grew up with or one that you know about and like from another culture.

Questions to be Asked after a Glass of Wine


  • Have you traveled to a country outside your country of origin? What were highlights, new custom you learned or surprises from that trip? Think about foods, people you met, places you visited, or geographic differences.If you could live outside the United States, where would you choose? Why?Research shows that when we interact with people from an ethnic group different from our own, negative bias is reduced. Have you had that experience or know of someone who has? Discuss actions to expand the diversity of your circle of friends and acquaintances that you have taken or could take to include people from different ethnic groups.

Food for Thought related to Zambia Video:

  • George and Val have a passion to help people living in Zambia. Please share your passion or that of someone you know who is involved in helping people in a foreign country.
  • Please share your thoughts and reaction to Project Cope and its effort to bring economic development to Zambia that includes no charity and the formation of a Farmers Cooperative that established a bank with the purpose of loans for other farmers and villages’ purchase of tractors.
  • The interest and dedication of the school children in Michigan has been a critical ingredient both for funding the Project Cope tractors and the formation of relationships with the children living in the village.  What difference have they made?
  • George points out that there is no Non-Governmental Organization involved in Project Cope; it is a People to People Project.  Please share your thoughts and reaction.
  • For more information  please contact COPEzambia.org

Actions


  • Discuss actions you and/or the group can take to expand your diversity to include people from different ethnic groups. Then, do it.
  • Different cultures bring different “gifts” to the greater community that include an appreciation of a sense of community or of our interdependence, and/or a handling of environmental or social problems. Either discuss or research examples of these “gifts” of a chosen ethnic group different from your own for the next Operation Bon Appétit Dinner.

This recipe takes from the Zambian Cowpeas Sauce and the Onion Sauce dishes author had in Mansa village in Zambia. Black eye peas are same in appearance as cow peas.

Closing Toast


Our differences are gifts we bring to each other. (Myers Briggs Type Indicator)

OR

“Life lies in diversity, not in monotony.” M.K. Soni

OR

A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked. (Bernard Meltzer)

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