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~Asian Awareness Month Events at Wellesley College ~

For immediate release:
March 20, 2002


CONTACT: Mary Ann Hill,

WELLESLEY, Mass. - Wellesley College is marking Asian Awareness Month during March with lectures, films, and performances reflecting the rich diversity of Asian cultures, with a focus on the arts. The remaining offerings are detailed below:

March 26 Lecture: “Exploring Identities of Korean America and its Influence on Writing” by Korean-American writer and scholar Ty Pak. Pak is author of Cry Korea Cry, Moon Bay, and Guilt Payment. Sponsored by the Korean Students Association and the Writing Program. Pendleton East Atrium 7 pm
March 27 Lecture/Performance: Multimedia and music artist Magdalen Hsu-li will give a keynote address and performance on Asian American art and its effect on culture, both past and present. Hsu-li is one of the first Chinese-American singer-songwriters to emerge as a star in the acoustic/pop/alternative genre. Sponsored by the Asian Students Union.

Tower Court Great Hall 7 pm
March 29 Reading: Indian poet, author, and scholar Meena Alexander will read from her newly released collection of poetry. A native of India and North Africa, Alexander now lives in New York where she is a professor at Hunter College and CUNY. As a writer, she is particularly interested in "fault lines," the areas of fracture between one cultural tradition and another. Sponsored by the Wellesley Association for South Asian Cultures (WASAC) and the Women's Studies Department.

ZA House 12:30 pm
March 30 Cultural Show: "Han: Celebrating the Soul of Korea." Traditional and modern dances, skits, and musical performances. Guest performers from Yale University and a special Japanese drum performer in celebration of World Cup KoreaJapan 2002. Sponsored by the Korean Students Association.

Jewett Auditorium 8 pm
March 31 Film: "Green Dragon," the latest film by Vietnamese-American filmmakers Tim and Tony Bui. Followed by a discussion with Tim Bui. Starring Patrick Swayze and Forest Whitaker, the film narrates the story of Vietnamese refugees as they land in 1975 at Camp Pendleton Marine Base in California. The Bui brothers are most well known for their first film, "Three Seasons," which received the Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award, and Cinematography Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.

Collins Cinema

6 pm reception;

6:30 pm film


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