Asian Cultural Celebration 2016
November 1 to November 6, 2016
“Behold the Beauty of Natural Asia”
Asia is Earth’s largest and most populous continent, covering more than 4 million square kilometers, about 30 percent of Earth’s land area. Asia’s 50 independent countries – each unique and beautiful in its own way -vary in tradition, religion, language, art, and food. For this celebration, the Asian Student Association and the James Farmer Multicultural Center bring Asian culture to UMW through dazzling performances, interactive group activities, and educational seminars, ending the celebration with the popular Taste of Asia.
Tuesday, Nov. 1 | 4 p.m.
Hurley Convergence Center, room 307
The calligraphic tradition of East Asia originated and developed in China; it led to many other forms of art that have influenced neighboring countries including Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Regarded as one of the arts, Chinese calligraphy not only focuses on the method of writing, but also cultivating one’s character.
Shinto: Nature, Myth, Misogyny, and Nationalism in Japan
Wednesday, Nov. 2 | 6 p.m.
Lee Hall, room 412
The Shinto religion emphasizes profound respect for nature and is the source for Japan’s ancient origin myths, often evoked in literature. However, its practices include the exclusion of women from certain spheres. Japanese governments have exploited its mythology to promote ultra-nationalism, imperialism, and war. This presentation is by Steve Rabson, adjunct instructor in Japanese culture at the UMW Leidecker Center for Asian Studies.
Thursday, Nov. 3 | 7 p.m.
The Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center
Bring out the inner performer in you at Karaoke Night! All groups and members of the UMW community are welcome to join the party. A variety of favorite Asian snacks and candies will be available for purchase. To reserve a group table, please contact the Asian Student Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taste of Asia
Saturday, Nov. 5 | 6 p.m.
Chandler Ballroom, University Center
Cost information: $3 for UMW students, faculty, and staff; $5 for the general public; or three canned food items. Taste of Asia is a popular annual celebration of Asian culture presented through a fashion show, dance performances, and an array of ethnic foods.