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Somali-Born English High School Students Provide Entertainment While Highlighting Cultural Differences With Fashion Show For Seniors

By July 16, 2008No Comments

Who: Somali-BornEnglishHigh School Students from and Seniors

What: Somali-born high school students from EnglishHigh School are presenting a fashion show, highlighting their Somali culture and traditions at three Ethos Senior Service Program Sites. Helping the students put the show together is Nancy Doherty, coordinator for the International Youth Program that is sponsored by the International Rescue Committee of Boston.  The students are also part of the City of Boston Youth Fund this summer.

The girls will model and explain what they wear, which will range from traditional to modern outfits. They will talk about the importance of wearing a hijab (head scarf) and traditional henna tattoos. “It’s all about culture and tradition, and the choices we make in the modern society,” said one of the girls.

For the students, English is not their first language; one teen has been in the US for only 8 months. However, the universal language of the fashion and the music from the show will help bridge cultural, linguistic and generational differences and connect the young and the old!

When: Wednesdays, July 23 & 30 and August 13 from 12:30pm-1:30pm

Where: Nate Smith, 155 Lamartine St., Jamaica Plain – July 23rd

Church of the Holy Spirit, 525 River St., Mattapan – July 30th

Woodbourne Apartments, 6 Southbourne St., Jamaica Plain – August 13th