Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Asian Pacific Heritage Committee Plans Events for Special Month

KINGSVILLE - March 18, 2010

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

Moon Festival, Banquet are highlights

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

The annual Moon Festival will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, March 26, kicking off Asian Pacific Heritage Month at Texas A&M-Kingsville. The festival will be held in the courtyard of the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB), with food and fun for everyone.

At the Moon Festival, students can get egg rolls, white rice and tea. In addition, different student groups will have various kinds of international food for visitors to taste. There will be belly dancers and other performers. Those attending will get to try their hand at origami, have their face painted or experience henna painting.

The final event will be the Annual Asian Pacific Banquet at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 11, in the Grand Ballroom of the MSUB. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Nirmal Goswami, political science professor. Banquet tickets will be $10 and they are available at the information desk in the MSUB.

In between is a variety of events designed to display Asian Pacific Heritage. For those who like to try new things, Asian mask painting and sushi and origami making events are scheduled. Asian mask painting will be held at noon Thursday, April 1, in the Javelina Café. Sushi and origami making is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, at University Village.

A book signing featuring the work of Kim Roberson will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 29, in the University Bookstore. Roberson’s books are a series of Korean fairy tales that have been translated into English.

Two Brown Bag Lectures will be sponsored during this time. Robert Pena, graphic artist for the office of marketing and communications, will present The History of Ceramics in Japan from his master’s research project. It will be held at noon Wednesday, March 31, in room 219B of the MSUB. Those attending will learn about centuries old traditions, passed down from master to apprentice, through the medium of clay.

Pena earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 2006 and his Master of Science in Art in 2009, both from Texas A&M-Kingsville.

A second Brown Bag Lecture will be held at noon Thursday, April 8, in the Alumni Room of Honor in the MSUB. Dr. Xiaoliu Chi, assistant professor of chemistry, will show the film China Inside and Out and lead discussion after. China is already the world’s top manufacturer, top auto maker, top cement producer and top polluter. While some see China’s rise as a threat, others predict that the United States and China will form an indispensable axis for global governance. Reporter Bob Woodruff narrates this documentary.

The Bollywood film Bride and Prejudice will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the Little Theatre. Discussion will follow the film. Popcorn and refreshments will be available. This movie is an update of Jane Austen’s classic tale, Pride and Prejudice, in which Mrs. Bakshi is eager to find suitable husbands for her four unmarried daughters. When the rich single gentlemen Balraj and Darcy come to visit, The Bakshis have high hopes, though circumstance and boorish opinions threaten to get in the way of romance.

For more information on Asian Pacific Heritage Month events, call 361-593-2760.

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