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~PBS Journalist Bill Moyers Will Speak March 15
at Wellesley College on "The Chinese Experience"

For immediate release:
February 27, 2004

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- As part of Wellesley College's Asian Awareness Month, PBS journalist Bill Moyers will be on campus Monday, March 15, to talk about his experience in making the documentary series, "Becoming American: The Chinese Experience." The lecture will be held in Jewett Auditorium at 4:30 pm and is free and open to the public.

Moyers is a renowned and respected journalist and film producer. His "Becoming American: The Chinese Experience," depicts the struggles of Chinese-American immigrants.

"The event will help us to understand the great odds that certain Asian Americans have overcome to establish themselves in the U.S.," said Karen Shih, advisor to students of Asian descent at Wellesley.

Moyer currently hosts the weekly magazine "Now" on PBS, capping a 30-year career in TV journalism. It was recently announced that he is leaving "Now" after the November elections to begin writing a book about Lyndon Johnson, whom he served before and during Johnson's presidency. "Now" has aimed "to tell stories nobody else is telling and put on people who have no forum elsewhere," Moyers recently told the Associated Press.

" Becoming American: The Chinese Experience," originally aired on PBS stations in the spring of 2003. The films have been presented at Wellesley in the weeks leading up to Moyers' visit, and his March 15 lecture will begin with a showing of a synopsis of the series. "Whatever your own roots, this will remind you of the struggle that has shaped our country," Moyers said.

For more information on Moyers' presentation, call 781-283-2373.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries.


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