Asian Cultural Celebration 2015
October 25 to October 31, 2015
“East Meets West: Celebrating the Fusion of Asian and American Cultures”
The United States, a nation that is home to many individuals who are from different backgrounds, is founded based upon the innovations of its people. Specifically, Asian heritage and American values have fused together, creating the Asian American culture and pride. Asian Americans have contributed to the development of this nation, and 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
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, Leidecker Center for Asian Students at UMW, will present literature from various Asian American writers of their perspectives on journeys for a better life, struggles with racism, and celebrations of family and culture. These authors describe quests for stable livelihoods, family tensions over clashes of culture, and confrontations with stereotyping and discrimination. 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 | 6 p.m. | Lee Hall, room 412
Most Americans have learned at one time or another about the establishment of Ellis Island, which became the port of entry for millions of Europeans starting in the 1890s and is now celebrated as one of the jewels in the U.S.’s National Parks system. Few—however—have heard of the story of Angel Island, located off the coast of San Francisco. Come learn about a much more complicated history of U.S. immigration as it relates to Angel Island, which immigration officials used to exclude Asian immigrants in the early 20th century, in a presentation given by Dr. Krystyn Moon, associate professor of history and American studies.
Taste of Asia
Friday, October 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.
Taste of Asia is an annual celebration of Asian culture. This event educates the community about different aspects of Asian cultures and lifestyles through a fashion show, dance performances, and a variety of ethnic foods.
For more information, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.