Photo by Craig Baxter.
About 100 people wore traditional garments at the
University of Otago this week to celebrate International
German lederhosen, Japanese kimonos, Peruvian ponchos and
traditional Australasian bogan apparel of black jeans and
black heavy metal T-shirt were some of the garments worn.
University of Otago Chinese programme senior lecturer Dr
Paola Voci said about 100 cultures were represented by
expatriates at the university but the clothes they wore on
campus made it difficult to identify and differentiate them.
''We want to make it more visible for just one day.''
Although she was an Italian expatriate, she had chosen to
wear a cheongsam - a colourful one-piece Chinese dress -
because she had ''adopted'' the culture and taught Chinese at
Dr Voci said the inaugural showcase of cultural diversity
would be held again next year.