Come for the Onigiri, Stay for the Culture

Law Students for Inclusion & Diversity Host Second Annual Multicultural Day.

Paul Welke - 30 November 2016

A potpourri of new aromas and tastes flooded the second floor of the Law Centre on November 29. From Japanese onigiri - rice balls that the event's menu touted as "Japan's answer to the sandwich" - to creative dishes from right here in Canada such as a vegan quinoa salad, event organizer and Law Students for Inclusion & Diversity (LSID) Co-President Carina Chiu (3L) estimated that more than two dozen dishes from around the world - including Italy, France, Taiwan, the Philippines, India, and China - were prepared and donated by UAlberta Law students for the event.

Building on last year's success, this is LSID's second annual Multicultural Day, an event that Ms. Chiu says serves as a fundraiser for the club's basic operations and events, as well as provides an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to interact and share a meal.

"Food is universally liked," she added, noting that cuisine is often culturally significant all around the world.

Multicultural Day was planned by LSID's president and eight-member executive team. This year the event featured support from HUB Mall's Teapsy Café. In keeping with the spirit of the event, Teapsy donated Taiwanese-style bubble tea.

With approximately 40 members at present, LSID aims to foster inclusion and diversity in the legal community through awareness, advocacy, and community involvement. For more information or to get involved, contact Carina Chiu at