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Longview hosts second Multicultural Festival

An annual  festival in Longview Saturday promoted diversity and culture, encouraging East Texans to understand through knowledge.  The second annual Multicultural Festival showed the diverse people who live and work in our communities.

"I like the fact that it's all about unity and bringing people together," said Patti Towles of Longview.

"In East Texas we tend to generalize too much and think of people groups as very basic Asians, African Americans, the white people over there," said Celtic Heritage participate Angela Lambert.  "I think this helps people understand there are many different sub groups and cultures."  With music, demonstrations and food, people got a chance to learn something about their neighbors that maybe they didn't know.

"I am from a different part of the world, and when I came here, I can see all different cultures and different people, but we all are the same," said Nepal native Anup Bhandari.

"I think this is a good experience to know each other better and know many things about other cultures," said South Korean exchange student Mary Kim.   The fest was held at the Longview fairgrounds, and had an estimated three times as many exhibits and activities as last year's event.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com


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