Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness at A&M-Kingsville Includes Moon Festival, Banquet, Free Presentations and Films

KINGSVILLE - March 07, 2007

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

KINGSVILLE (March 7, 2007) — Get to know countries like China, India and Japan a little better during Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness Month at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
           
A host of events open to the public will take place on the A&M-Kingsville campus in March and April and all are free unless otherwise noted.

The first of these events is a Brown Bag Lecture on acupuncture by Master Choi, happening at noon on Wednesday, March 21 in the Blue Room of Fore Hall. Coffee and tea will be provided, and attendees may bring a lunch.

A Brown Bag Lecture from acclaimed South Texas artist Dinah Bowman makes up the second event on the calendar. Bowman will talk about the ancient Japanese art of fish rubbing, known as “gyotaku,” at noon on Thursday, March 22, at the Ben Bailey Art Gallery. Coffee and tea will be provided, and attendees may bring a lunch.

The acclaimed Vietnamese film The Scent of Green Papaya, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1994, will be shown at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 23, in the Biology Earth Science Building auditorium, room 100.

Saturday, March 24, the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB) courtyard will be the site for activities, food and fun for all ages with the Moon Festival. The event offers henna tattoos, Chinese name writing, dancers, traditional costumes, ethnic snacks, face painting and a moon jump for children. This and more will take place from 6-9 p.m.

Asian cuisine, a slide show and Chinese music and dancers are all a part of a banquet from 5:30-8 p.m. Sunday, March 25, in the MSUB ballrooms. Dishes from India, Taiwan, China, Vietnam and the Philippines are all on the menu. There is an admission charge for this event of $12 for general admission and $6 for students. Tickets may be obtained at the university information desk, located on the first floor of the MSUB. Faculty and administrators interested in purchasing a block of banquet tickets for their students can contact Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness co-chairs Dongwol Kim Roberson at 361-593-2993 or Charles Espinosa at 361-593-3057.

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 MSUB. The title of the lecture is, “Bollywood: A Song and Dance Routine.” Coffee and tea will be provided, and attendees may bring a lunch.

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 219 of the MSUB. Coffee and tea will be provided.

A showing of the film The Joy Luck Club, an adaptation of the bestselling book by Amy Tan, 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, Hmong, 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 Roberson at 361-593-2993, 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 7 p.m. 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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