The Multicultural Retreat (MCR) is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to experience the multiculturalism of the United States. Students along with faculty and staff from Mount Union travel to metropolitan areas to absorb the unique diversity which major metropolitan cities offer. This Spring Break, 21 Mount Union students, faculty and staff traveled to San Francisco, California. San Francisco is the fourth most populated city in California and the 12th most populated city in the United States. San Francisco is a popular international tourist destination renowned for its chilly summer fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture and its famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable cars, Japanese Tea Garden, and Chinatown. The city is also a principal banking and finance center, and the home of more than 30 international financial institutions. Asian people make up a crucial part of San Francisco's cultural heritage. Only in San Francisco can you delight in cultures from across Asia, each just a few steps away from each other and visit historical sites and colorful Asian neighborhoods. Participants in this year's Multicultural Retreat were pleased to visit San Francisco and experience the rich cultural heritage of one of America's most culturally diverse cities.

Angel Island

US IMMIGRATION STATION VIDEO

Alcatraz Island

THE ROCK VIDEO

Tibet PRotest

TIBET RALLY VIDEO

Pier 39

BREAKDANCE SHOW VIDEO
Muir Woods

MUIR WOODS VIDEO

SATURDAY

After arriving by plane at the San Francisco International airport, the group made their way to the Baldwin Hotel in heart of the city near the China Gate.

SUNDAY

The group boarded a ferry headed for Angel Island and a tour of the Angel Island Immigration Station.

MONDAY

The group explored the city by trolly, bus and foot.

TUESDAY

Half the group visited Muir Woods and the coastal highlands while the rest of the retreaters explored the city in detail.

WEDNESDAY

Busy day with stops at the Asian Art Museum, a Tibetian protest march, a tour of the Japenses Tea Garden and a group dinner at a local Thia restuarant.

THURSDAY

Another ferry ride across the bay to Alcatraz Island before riding the BART back to the airport for a redeye flight home to Ohio.
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