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Saturday, March 17 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Reflections on Immigrant Entrepreneurs in a COIL Project

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Student voices in one COIL module within the US-Mexico Multistate COIL Program coincided with the presidential election campaign in the US in 2016, which gave an opportunity to reflect on immigrant entrepreneurs. Student discussed strategies for ethnic restaurant owners or ethnic designers to be more successful and to be more recognized in their adopted countries. Interestingly, these strategies were reflections of one’s own understanding of immigrant communities in cosmopolitan cities such as New York City in the US and Cancún, México. The Diaspora of Asians in Gastronomy and Visual Arts is a COIL module developed by Kyunghee Pyun at Fashion Institute of Technology and Angelica Sterling at Universidad del Caribe. This COIL module is designed to enhance a student’s understanding of artistic and gastronomy business contributions and accomplishments by Asians dispersed across other continents including North and Central America. The students enrolled in Asian American Art and Design at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City and in Restaurant Business Management at the Universidad del Caribe (UC) in Cancún in Mexíco worked collaboratively during six weeks, taught and guided by Pyun from the discipline of history of art and Sterling from restaurant management who carefully designed activities to create this unique platform for students to acquire cross- cultural competency skills by interacting with one another via online-learning tools. Both professors emphasized that many international enterprises—in particular, fashion, culinary arts, visual or performing arts—rely on intercultural skills and seek for creative personnel with cross-cultural competency skills. Students discovered these qualities; yet their strategic suggestions were interesting by recommending business owners to stress or enhance more ethnic characteristics to their business. Pyun and Sterling reflect on how these ramifications are co-related to the current political climate of diversity and inclusion and the immigrant policies of each country.

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Kyunghee Pyun

Assistant Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY
Kyunghee Pyun is assistant professor at Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY. Her research project to teach diverse techniques of Asian art called the Bamboo Canvas: Instructional Innovation for a Globalized Classroom was funded by SUNY, Innovative Instructional Technology Grant... Read More →
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Angelica Sterling

Angelica Sterling is assistant professor at Universidad del Caribe. Certified as Hospitality Educator by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute and as Meetings Specialist by CMS Conventions Association, she worked for a decade in the hotel industry. She has taught hospitality... Read More →



Saturday March 17, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Room 4 FIT Conference Center

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