More than 1500 Alor Setar community members visited the Lincoln Corner Kedah to participate in the Corner’s 2-day Open Day program. Among the visitors were school students and their parents, educators, young professionals, and government employees. The first day of the program started with an Alumni Talk by Sarenawati Jaafar, who was nominated by the U.S. Embassy to participate in the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) on Madrasah Education. Sarenawati shared with the audience how she adopted the American “floating class” system into her school and the gains in efficiency the system provides. The program’s second presentation was given by the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellow of 2015, Nadia Faradila Jalawi, on her recent trip to the United States. In her session titled ‘My YSEALI Experience’, she spoke to more than 100 students and teachers about how she had never traveled alone before she went to the U.S. and she needed to be brave to speak out to people whom she never met in order to learn many new ideas.
In addition to presentations, the Corner offered a 2-hour English Conversational Hours program, led by two Fulbright English Teaching Assistants, Amy Mon and Katie Kasten. Amy and Katie engaged with 30 students and tackled the topic “Helping Others Creatively.” The students were divided into groups, were assigned a problem, and discussed what they can do to help solve the problem in their community. One noteworthy solution, called “All about the Trash”, was adapted from the well-known American singer-songwriter Megan Trainor’s song of “All About the Bass”, to promote their campaign of collecting recyclables to earn money. On the second day, the Corner hosted local celebrity Chef Nina of Masterchef Malaysia Season 2 to lead a demonstrated titled “Taste of an American Cuisine”. Participants learned how to prepare American dishes like Sloppy Joes, apple tarts with butterscotch sauce, and onion rings. Later that day, the Corner hosted American movie screenings and displayed photo exhibitions with digital photos projected on the big screen.