Episode 05 – Yerke (Kazakhstan)
International Voices is a podcast that shares the perspectives and experiences of international students studying at Colorado State University. In each episode, tune in to hear a different take on cross-cultural challenges, lessons we can learn from one another and foods from around the world you should try.
In Episode 05, John chats with Yerke Serikov, an undergraduate student from Almaty, Kazakhstan. Yerke is studying applied and medical physics and you might recognize him from his work at the Lory Student Center campus information desk. In our conversation, we cover elements of Kazakh cuisine that Americans might find strange, the effect Borat had on the way Kazakhstan is perceived around the world and how a relatively new country like Kazakhstan can forge its own unique national identity. If you don’t know much about Kazakhstan, you’ll find this conversation incredibly interesting and informative. Remember, we can’t always believe what you see in the movies!
The stories we share have the power to connect us across borders, fences or walls we’ve constructed to divide ourselves. There’s so much to learn, we just have to listen.