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A&M-Kingsville Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness Events Week of March 26 Include Bollywood, Cultures Museum Field Trip

KINGSVILLE - March 27, 2010

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

The second week of activities at Texas A&M University-Kingsville celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness Month cover entertainment, feminism, family relationships, cultural traditions and China.

All events listed below are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, March 28, the motion picture industry of India, known as Bollywood, will be discussed by Dr. Nirmal Goswami, professor of political science at A&M-Kingsville, at a noontime Brown Bag Lecture in the Alumni Room of Honor at the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB). The title of the lecture is, “Bollywood: A Song and Dance Routine.”

Language and literature lecturers Dr. Pamela K. Wright, Ermine Hailey and students will hold a panel discussion on the popular novel by Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha. “Beneath the Kimono: Postcolonial and Feminist Perspectives on Memoirs of a Geisha” will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in room 219B of the MSUB.

A showing of the film The Joy Luck Club, an adaptation of the bestselling book by Amy Tan, along with a follow-up discussion will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 30, in the Biology Earth Science Building auditorium, room 100.

Learn all about Asian cultures with a field trip to the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures and Education Center in Corpus Christi Saturday, March 31. The museum features artifacts covering the Asian world, including pieces from India, Sri Lanka, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Japan, Thailand and elsewhere. A charge of $5 will cover admission and lunch. Those without transportation will meet in the first floor lobby of the MSUB at 9 a.m. The trip will last until 2:30 p.m. For ticket information, call Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness co-chairs Dongwol Kim Roberson at 361-593-2993 or Charles Espinosa at 361-593-3057, or Toni Alvarez, interim dean of students, at 361-593-3606.

Associate professor and co-chair of the art department Charles Wissinger concludes the calendar of Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness events with the lecture “China Now,” happening at noon on Monday, April 2, in the lobby of Baugh Hall.

In addition to the scheduled events, the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures and Education Center has set up exhibits in the window of the Javelina Book Store and the second floor of the MSUB, featuring dolls, collectibles and posters from Japan, Korea, India, China and the Philippines.

Sponsors for Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness events include the Office of the President; the Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness Committee; Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs; Student Union/Student Activities; Sodexho Food Services; Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures and Education Center; the Javelina Bookstore operated by Barnes and Noble; and the Presbyterian Pan American School.
More information on any of the Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness events is available by calling 361-593-2993, 361-593-3057 or 361-593-3606.

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