Texas A&M University-Kingsville

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

KINGSVILLE - March 24, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

Events take place from March 27-April 8

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 27-April 8.

The public is invited to attend nine different events on and off 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-Sunday, March 27-29, 9 a.m.-midnight
Saturday-Sunday, April 4-5, 9 a.m.-midnight:  Cricket Tournament
Intramural field
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. The intramural fields are off Corral Avenue, between Retama Street and University Boulevard.

Saturday, March 28, 6-10 p.m.: Moon Festival
MSUB courtyard
All ages will find something to enjoy at the Moon Festival, an outdoor collection of entertainment, food and activities. The event offers a food fest, drum group, henna tattoos, belly dancers, origami, Asian name writing, a multicultural fashion parade, face painting and a moon walk for children. This and more will take place from 6-10 p.m.

Student groups interested in participating in the food fest should call 361-593-3606.

Tuesday, March 31, Noon-2 p.m.: Brown Bag Luncheon: “Asia Past, Present and Future” and “Confucianism”
MSUB, room 219A

Kim Roberson, instructor of distance learning and continuing education, delivers the first presentation, “Asia Past, Present and Future” and Dr. Byung Jeon, a visiting Intensive English Program student, offers the presentation “Confucianism.” Attendees may bring a lunch to this event.

Wednesday, April 1, 6-10 p.m.: Bollywood Movie and Discussion
J. Talmer Peacock Auditorium, Biology-Earth Sciences Building
           
Thursday, April 2, Noon-2 p.m.: Asian Mask Painting
Javelina Café
           
Friday, April 3, Noon-2 p.m.: Brown Bag Luncheon: “Flower Arrangement and Origami”
MSUB, room 221B

Li Fitzgerald will demonstrate and teach flower arrangement and origami. Attendees may bring a lunch to this event.

Saturday, April 4, 9:30 a.m.: Field Trip to Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures in Corpus Christi
Departure from Cousins Hall parking lot

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. Admission is $2 per person, and lunch is $5 per person, with vegetarian meals available. For reservations and more information, call 361-593-3994.

Tuesday, April 7, 7 p.m.: Sushi Making and Origami Demonstration
Turner-Bishop Cafeteria

Turner-Bishop Hall is located on the corner of Santa Gertrudis Avenue and Retama Street.

Wednesday, April 8, 6-8 p.m.: Asian Pacific Heritage Banquet
MSUB ballrooms

Asian cuisine, entertainment, a slide show 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. Guest speaker will be Dr. Lillian Waldbeser, associate professor of biology and biomedical sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Entertainment will be provided by Filipina singer Laudett Hernandez and the Seir Belly Dancers. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at the first floor information desk of the MSUB.

This year’s Asian Pacific Heritage Month events are sponsored by the Asian Pacific Heritage Committee, the Navy Recruiting District-San Antonio, the Center for Continuing Education and International Studies and Programs.


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