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Delicious Foods, Dance and Special Presentations Make Up Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness Month at A&M-Kingsville

KINGSVILLE - March 20, 2008

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

Events take place from March 28-April 13

Get to know countries like China, India and Japan a little better during Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness Month at Texas A&M University-Kingsville March 28-April 13.

The public is invited to attend eight different events on campus, all free unless otherwise noted. Most of the events take place at the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB), located on the corner of University Boulevard and Santa Gertrudis Avenue.

Friday, March 28, 6-9 p.m.: Moon Festival
MSUB courtyard

All ages will find something to enjoy at the Moon Festival, an outdoor collection of entertainment and activities. The event offers henna tattoos, a kung fu demonstration, belly dancers, traditional costumes, ethnic snacks, face painting and a moon jump for children. This and more will take place from 6-9 p.m.

Tuesday, April 1, noon-1 p.m.: Brown Bag Lecture: Acupuncture
MSUB, room 218 (Alumni Room of Honor)

Acupuncturist Master Choi describes and demonstrates one of the oldest healing practices in the world. This treatment from traditional Chinese medicine stimulates specific points on the body to restore and maintain health. Refreshments will be provided, and attendees may bring a lunch.

Thursday, April 3, noon-1 p.m.: Brown Bag Panel Discussion: “Voices from the Inside: A Feminist Look at The Ocean in the Closet”
MSUB, room 218 (Alumni Room of Honor)

A&M-Kingsville language and literature lecturer Dr. Pamela K. Wright explores the acclaimed debut novel from Yuko Taniguchi The Ocean in the Closet, in which a nine-year-old girl learns how wars have affected her family. Refreshments will be provided, and attendees may bring a lunch.

Thursday, April 3, 6-9 p.m.: Ping Pong Tournament
MSUB game room

This event is intended for Texas A&M-Kingsville students, but the public is invited to watch. Students interested in participating can contact Charles E. Espinosa, associate director of recreational sports, at 361-593-3057.

Friday-Sunday, April 4-6, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, April 11-12, 9:30 a.m-10 p.m.: Cricket Tournament
Intramural fields

This event is intended for Texas A&M-Kingsville students, but the public is invited to watch. A traveling trophy will be awarded to the winning team. This event is co-sponsored by the department of recreational sports and the International Sports League Association. Students interested in participating can contact Espinosa at 361-593-3057 or Goutham Chilumula at 361-406-8528.

The intramural fields are off Corral Avenue, between Retama Street and University Boulevard.

Saturday, April 5, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Field Trip to Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures in Corpus Christi

Learn all about Asian cultures with a field trip to the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures and Education Center at 1809 N. Chaparral St. in Corpus Christi. 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. For transportation or more information, call Toni Alvarez, assistant dean of students, at 361-593-3606.

Monday, April 7, Noon-1 p.m.: Brown Bag Cooking Demonstration: Making Sushi Human Sciences Building, room 110 (food lab)

Participants will learn about the art of making sushi, and have a chance to try it themselves. Refreshments will be provided, and attendees may bring a lunch.

The Human Sciences Building is located at the corner of University Boulevard and Engineering Avenue, next to Lewis Hall.

Sunday, April 13, 5:30-8 p.m.: Asian Pacific Heritage Banquet
MSUB ballrooms

Asian cuisine, Chinese music and a keynote speaker make up the annual Asian Pacific Heritage Banquet. 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 Dongwol Kim Roberson, instructor of distance learning and continuing education, at 361-593-2993 or Alvarez at 361-593-3606.

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