Texas A&M University-Kingsville

2006 Asian Pacific Heritage events happening in March and April

KINGSVILLE - March 20, 2006

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

KINGSVILLE (March 3, 2006) — Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness at Texas A&M University-Kingsville promises dinners, lectures, films, plays and more in a host of events happening in March and April.

Dr. Leroy Chiao, NASA astronaut and research engineer, talks about his more than 229 days in space and other life experiences on Sunday, March 5. A dinner for Chiao will take place at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB) ballroom. Dinner admission for students with a valid I.D. is $10 and general admission is $20. The lecture from Chiao will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. General admission for the lecture is $5 and free for students, staff and faculty with a valid I.D. card. The presentation is part of the University Lectureship Series.

Kim Roberson, Intensive English Program tutor, will speak on “Understanding the Essence of East Asian Culture” in a free brown bag lecture happening Tuesday, March 21, at noon in the Blue Room at Fore Hall. Coffee and tea will be provided.

A free showing of the movie Osama will happen on Saturday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in room 219AB of the MSUB. The first entirely Afghan film shot since the fall of the Taliban, Osama follows a mother who has disguised her daughter as a boy so that she will be able to travel out of her house and support her family under oppressive Taliban rule.

Dr. Michael Houf, associate professor of history, delivers a free brown bag lecture Wednesday, March 29, at noon in the Alumni Room of Honor, located in the MSUB. The subject is “Confucianism and the University Setting.”

The theatre production of The Indian Wants the Bronx tells the award-winning story of mindless cruelty borne out of detached American youth wandering the mean Bronx streets late at night. This dramatic production is intended for mature audiences and presented by the department of communications & theatre arts. Performances take place Wednesday and Thursday, March 29-30. Admission is $3. More information is available at 361-593-3401.

Memoirs of a Geisha will be shown in a free presentation Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Biology Earth Science Building auditorium, room 100. This Oscar-nominated film tells the fictional story of an impoverished girl’s turbulent life journey to become a renowned geisha.

Doctoral student Yee-Chia Hu offers part lecture, part demonstration of yoga postures in the free brown bag lecture “Yoga Booty Ballet” Tuesday, April 4, at noon in room 219A of the MSUB. Coffee and tea will be provided.

The annual Faculty Lecture reflects Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness with the topic “Emerging Asia and the United States: The Shifting Sands of Global Influence.” Dr. Nirmal Goswami, professor of political science, will deliver this year’s presentation, free to the public, on Thursday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in lecture hall 132 of the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy building. A reception sponsored by the Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness Committee will follow.

The Moon Festival happens from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, April 7, in the MSUB Courtyard. The events will be free and include a martial arts demonstration, dragon dancers, Chinese calligraphy, and Mehndi/Henna tattoos. Free features for children will include a moon jump, clowns and face painting. A full Asian dinner for $2 will be available as well. The festival also features an Asian Costume Parade at 8 p.m.; the top four contestants will receive gift certificates to Asian restaurants. Those participating in the Costume Parade must sign up at the appropriate booth by 7 p.m. that day.

The last Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness events take place Tuesday and Wednesday, April 11-12 at 7 p.m. in the MSUB ballroom. The play Photographs from S-21, telling the story of prisoners of the Khmer Rouge, and the poetry performance “Amputation” will be presented to the public.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness Events for 2006 are sponsored by the Campus Activities Board; the history department; the political science department; the Rotary Club of Kingsville; Sodexho Food Services; Student Union/Student Activities; Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness Committee; and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

More information on Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness events is available by calling Dr. Mike Houf at 361-593-3596, Dr. Jaya Goswami at 361-593-2395 or Student Activities at 361-593-2760.

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