On November 27, 2013, the NSLI-Y students were invited to bring their host siblings to the U.S. Embassy for Thanksgiving dinner. Three NSLI-Y alumni also joined the festivities and helped celebrate the holiday. After arriving at the American Center Korea, the attendees played a small trivia game about Thanksgiving and Chuseok. After that, they settled in for a delicious feast featuring traditional American Thanksgiving foods, like turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, and more.
The evening provided a great opportunity for cultural exchange, which the NSLI-Y students helped cultivate by delivering a presentation about Thanksgiving in Korean. They gave a historical background of Thanksgiving, explained traditions and customs that come with the holiday, and even compared and contrasted it to Chuseok, a major harvest holiday and festival in Korea. In the video above, the NSLI-Y students practice introducing themselves in Korean.