Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Beijing Summer Olympics, State of Modern China Discussed at Asian Pacific Heritage Awareness Banquet April 13

KINGSVILLE - April 09, 2008

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

As people throughout the world protest China’s policies by attempting to wreak havoc with the Olympic Torch Run, a presentation at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will examine the Beijing Olympics and modern China’s role in the world.

Dr. Jieming Chen, professor and chair of the psychology and sociology department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, will discuss the controversy-laden 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the state of modern China at the Asian Pacific Heritage Banquet at A&M-Kingsville Sunday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the ballrooms of the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB).

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu are among those currently calling for a boycott of the opening ceremony of the upcoming Beijing Olympics, due to Chinese human rights policies in Tibet and elsewhere. Against this backdrop is China’s growing role as a world economic power with a large market potential and position as a world lender.

The presentation also will feature more than 10 menu items representing six different Asian countries. Some of the dishes include Indian tandoori chicken, Thai shrimp curry, Taiwanese egg-tomato stir fry and Vietnamese green beans with tofu.

Admission is $5 for Texas A&M-Kingsville students and $10 for all others. Parking is available behind the MSUB, located at the corner of Santa Gertrudis Avenue and University Boulevard.

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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