Asian Cultural Celebration

Asian Cultural Celebration 2015

October 25 to October 31, 2015

East Meets West: Celebrating the Fusion of Asian and American Cultures

Americans who trace their heritage to the many countries of Asia have fused cultures and values to create a unique Asian American identity.  Asian Americans not only helped develop the United States, they continue to discover, create and change.  Join the Asian Student Association and the James Farmer Multicultural Center for a week of fantastic entertainment, enlightening speakers and the annual Taste of Asia event.

Asian Cultural Celebration Keynote Performer: Hope Chinese School Mom Dance Team

Sunday, October 25, 6 p.m., Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

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To enrich their social life and share their common interest, moms of the Hope Chinese School students formed the Hope Chinese School Mom Dancing Group in the spring of 2000 under the leadership of Ms. Xiao-qin Zheng, a well-known Chinese dance choreographer and instructor in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

Starting with sixteen members for their first performance, the Group has expanded to more than 100 members today, has been actively involved in community events to promote Chinese heritage and culture.

“What’s unique about this group is that not only we are full time moms but also most of us are full time professionals. It’s the common interests that bring us together,” said Member Dana Wang. The group practices every Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. The group has learned many Chinese dances, including Tibetan Dance, Red Ribbon, Good Life, Yellow Mountain, and The Same Song.


Asian American Writers: Voices of Hardship and Joy

Monday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m., Lee Hall, room 412

Dr. Steve Rabson, instructor in Japanese culture with the UMW Leidecker Center for Asian Students, will present literature from Asian American writers sharing perspectives on family, culture, racism, and the struggle for a better life.  Come learn about the challenges of balancing culture, life, and success.


Chinese Folk Art: Paper Cutting and Interior Decoration

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 5 p.m., Melchers Hall, room 202

This workshop provides participants with an insight into the history, culture and folk tradition of paper-cutting in China. Once participants have mastered the basic techniques, they will practice cutting animals, flowers and traditional Chinese patterns. Participants will be guided step by step to create their own artwork, bring their work home, or present them as gifts to family or friends.



Angel Island is NOT the Ellis Island of the West

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 5 p.m., Lee Hall, room 412

Most Americans know of Ellis Island, the port of entry for millions of Europeans beginning in the late 1800s.  Far fewer know about Angel Island, off the coast of San Francisco, which immigration officials used to exclude Asian immigrants in the early 20th century.  Dr. Krystyn Moon, associate professor of history and American studies, looks at the complicated history of Asian immigration to the United States.

Asian Movie Night:  Shaolin Soccer

Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m., Digital Auditorium, Information &  Technology Convergence Center (ITCC)

Young men skilled in Shaolin kung fu form an extraordinary soccer team in this 2001 martial arts comedy.

Taste of Asia

Friday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., The Chandler Ballroom, UMW University Center

Cost: $3 UMW Students/Faculty/Staff; $5 General Public; or 3 canned food items.

Co-sponsored by the Asian Student Association.

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Taste of Asia is an annual celebration of Asian culture.  This popular event provides entertainment and education, as Asian cultures and lifestyles are presented through a fashion show, dance, and an array of foods.

For more information, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or at