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    Global Insights Lands in French Polynesia!

    April 6, 2021

    Located in the middle of the southern vast Pacific, wondrous volcanic and coral archipelagos make up the region of Oceana knows as French Polynesia. Global Insights is pleased to feature University student, Jessica Moufa, senior nursing major, as the last Global Insights presentation of the semester. Join us Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. Registration is required. Click here to register.

    Home of Tahiti, a beautiful landscape and warm tropical sun are enough of a draw to this island paradise. However, Moufa says that the people and traditional activities are what makes French Polynesia a place to visit.

    “The French Polynesians are sociable and hospitable individuals. Also, the culture involves a lot of flowers (crown flowers, flowers on the ears, flower necklaces), singing, music, dancing, and tattoos," she said.

    She says there is special meaning to wearing flowers on the ears and will share that with the audience during her presentation.

    A favorite tradition is early morning shopping at the local markets.

    “There is a tradition that every Sunday, the locals would wake up early in the morning (around 4 a.m.) to go to the main market on the island. There, you would find every island delicacy such as French patisseries (croissant, pain au chocolat, baguette), local cook or uncooked food (taro, breadfruit, plantain), freshly farmed vegetables, reef fish, pua’a roti (roasted pork), firi firi (twisted coconut donuts) and some Chinese food," she said.

    Students, faculty and staff are invited to learn more about the food, surf and traditions at the Global Insights French Polynesia presentation Please click here to register. Zoom information will be sent out 1-2 days before the event.

    This program is being offered by the Office of Global Education, the Cross Cultural Centers, Residence Life and the Office of Equity and Diversity. For more information, please contact or 570-941-4841.

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