Feb. 20, 2004

Contact: Santos NúĖez, Multicultural Resource Center, (785) 864-4350, or Randi Hacker, East Asian Studies, (785) 864-3832.

KU to celebrate Asian, Pacific cultures with film festival, new Asia Week events

LAWRENCE -- Two ongoing events celebrating Asian/Pacific-heritage cultures are under way at the University of Kansas, including a film discussion featuring a KU graduate who was among the thousands of Jews who fled the Holocaust and found refuge in Shanghai, China.

The KU Multicultural Resource Center and other groups are sponsoring the first Asia Week Feb. 21 through 28. Events include an art show, a film festival featuring films by Asian students and the annual Taste of Asia dinner and show. KU students have been working for more than a year to prepare for these events, which will start with a Tet, or New Year's, show sponsored by the Vietnamese Student Association. This year will celebrate the Year of the Monkey.

Meanwhile, the annual East Asian Film Festival, sponosored by the KU Center for East Asian Studies, is under way on Fridays and Sundays through March 14.

It features the 2002 documentary "Shanghai Ghetto" at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Spencer Museum of Art. "Shanghai Ghetto" tells the story of German Jews, fearing for their lives under Nazi rule and unable to secure entrance visas to other countries, who found refuge in the Japanese-occupied city of Shanghai. After the showing, there will be a discussion led by KU graduate Tom Lewinsohn of Leawood. His family fled Germany to China and lived in Shanghai from 1941 to 1948 before entering the United States.

Lewinsohn earned his bachelor's degree in 1957 and a master's degree in 1965 at KU.

Asia Week schedule of events

Saturday, Feb. 21
Tet Show
7:30 p.m. in Kansas Union ballroom
Sponsored by Vietnamese Student Association

Monday, Feb. 23
Art show
7 p.m. in Kansas Union gallery

Tuesday, Feb. 24
Asian-American Film Festival
7:30 p.m. in Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union
Featuring films created by Asian students

Wednesday, Feb. 25

"Smart Minorities Finish Rich -- Breaking the Cultural Barriers to Wealth"
Featuring Jackie Nugent, investment adviser, Berthel Fisher and Co.
MRC Brown Bag Diversity Series
12:15 p.m.-1 p.m. in MRC classroom

7 p.m. in Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union
Traditional Filipino dance performance

Thursday, Feb. 26
Cultural game day and chopstick contest
10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Kansas Union
Traditional Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean games
Compete for prizes!

"'Secret Asian Man' -- Stereotypes of Todayˇs Asian Man"
8 p.m. in the Governorˇs Room, Kansas Union
A discussion about how the media portray Asian men

Saturday, Feb. 28
Taste of Asia
5:30 p.m. dinner at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave.
7:30 p.m. show in Kansas Union ballroom

Sponsors: Asian American Student Union, Diversity Peer Education Team, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Multicultural Resource Center, Southeast Asian Alliance and Vietnamese Student Association. For more information contact the Multicultural Resource Center at (785) 864-4350 or mrc@ku.edu.

East Asian Film Festival schedule

Sunday, Feb. 22
"Shanghai Ghetto." 2 p.m., Spencer Museum of Art.

Friday, Feb. 27
"Our Nation" and "Welcome to North Korea." Two documentaries about Korea; the first explores the Korean punk-rock scene and the second gives a rare behind-the-scenes look at a divided nation. 2 p.m., Spencer Museum of Art auditorium.

Friday, March 12
"City of Lost Souls." 7 p.m., Spencer Museum of Art auditorium.

Sunday, March 14
"King of Masks." 2 p.m., Spencer Museum of Art auditorium.


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