Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Wide variety of events mark Asian Pacific Heritage Month

KINGSVILLE - March 21, 2011

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Asian Pacific Heritage Month will be celebrated at Texas A&M University-Kingsville with a variety of activities that will attract a wide audience. The biggest event is the Moon Festival Saturday, April 2. Other events include a series of Brown Bag Lectures and two movie nights.

The Moon Festival will be held beginning at 6 p.m. at the new pavilion of the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB). There will be Asian food, a fashion parade of native clothing, performances by belly dancers, Chinese name writing, face painting, henna tattoos and a fortune teller.

There are four Brown Bag Lectures all beginning at noon. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. Drinks will be provided. The first is about belly dancing, featuring a demonstration by Seir, Tuesday, March 29, in the Alumni Room of Honor in the MSUB. The second will provide a look at Asian gaming styles by Cory Scarborough, a member of the student group Gamers Elite. It is Wednesday, March 30, also in the Alumni Room of Honor.

 The third Brown Bag Lecture will be held Tuesday, April 5, in room 219A of the MSUB. It will be about Asian Flower Arranging given by Li Fitzgerald. The fourth lecture will talk about the benefits of yoga with a demonstration provided by Sanford Jaques, will be held Wednesday, April 6, in room 219C of the MSUB.

Two movie nights will be held Friday, April 1, in ballroom A of the MSUB and Friday, April 8, in the Little Theatre. Both begin at 7 p.m. and refreshments will be provided. The movie for April 1 is Picture Bride. The film for April 8 is Like Stars on Earth.

Picture Bride is set in 1918 and is about 17-year old Riyo, who is sent from Japan to Hawaii to be a mail-order bride after exchanging photographs with a sugar cane worker. When she arrives, she is shocked to find out her future husband appeared much younger in his photograph and is at least 25 years her senior.

Like Stars on Earth is about eight-year old chronic daydreamer Ishaan. His life takes a turn for the worse when his parents, frustrated that he keeps getting into trouble, send him away to boarding school. His misery abates when an unconventional art teacher decides to try and help his imaginative young student discover his true identity.

Another special event is a book signing featuring the work of Kim Roberson. It will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, April 4, in the University Bookstore. Roberson’s books are a series of Korean fairy tales that have been translated into English.

For those who like to try new things, Asian Mask Painting and Sushi and Origami Making events are scheduled. Sushi and Origami Making will begin at 6:30 p.m. at University Village. Asian Mask Painting is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the MSUB Cue Shack gameroom.

A field trip to the Museum of Asian Cultures is scheduled for Friday, April 1. Transportation will be provided, and will leave at 8:15 a.m. from Cousins Hall. Those who would like to attend must RSVP to Trisha at 361-593-4183 by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 31.


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