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APA Heritage Creative Writing Contest

Join the Asian/Pacific/American Heritage 2006 CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST and win prizes!

Contest Theme: The broad theme for the contest is “A Passage to America,” and we are looking for creative examinations of issues in ethnicity, race, and diversity in the American experience through three genres in creative writing: short fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. More than physical travel, the “passage” in the theme is meant to convey an inner journey that ponders questions related to identity: What does it mean to “be” in America? How does one “become” an American? We hope that the contestants will tease, challenge, confront, ponder, and redefine their personal—emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual—experience of America. We’ve made the theme as expansive as possible so that students of varied backgrounds and persuasions would feel encouraged to submit.

New deadline for submission of entries is on March 22, 2006. Read all the details.

Re-discovering Roots: A Novelist’s Perspective

The Indiana University India Studies Program presents

The Savitaben Kantilal Trivedi Memorial Lecture
Re-discovering Roots: A Novelist’s Perspective
Bharati Mukherjee, author and Professor of English (UCBerkeley)
Friday, March 3, 2006 at 6:00 pm
Walnut Room, Indiana Memorial Union
Free and open to the public

Bharati Mukherjee is considered to be one of the most important American writers of the late 20th century. She is currently a professor in the department of English at the University of California, Berkeley. Of Bengali origin, Mukherjee was born in Calcutta, West Bengal, India. She later traveled with her parents to Europe after Independence, only returning back to Calcutta in the early 1950s. There she attended the Loreto School, Kolkata before attending the University of Calcutta where she received her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature.

She next traveled to the United States to study at the University of Iowa. She received her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and her Ph.D. in 1969 from the department of Comparative Literature. While she was a student at Iowa, Mukherjee married the writer Clark Blaise, with whom she would co-author two major works of non-fiction, The Sorrow and the Terror: The Haunting Legacy of the Air India Tragedy, 1987, and Days and Nights in Calcutta, 1977. After spending a number of years in Canada, Mukherjee, Blaise, and their children later returned to and settled in the United States.

An early and popular work of fiction is her novel Jasmine 1989. In this novel, a young Indian woman becomes an illegal immigrant to the United States and acculturates by taking on a series of different identities. Mukherjee strives in her novels to understand what is meant by the idea of an American identity and whether in a world of hybridity and multiplicity, such a notion can exist. This is particularly evident in her more recent works The Holder of the World, 1993 and Leave It to Me, 1997. Her latest novel is The Tree Bride: A Novel, 2004.

A book signing will follow the lecture.

Lunch with Asian American Studies Directorial Candidate

Tuesday, March 7th
12pm – 1:30pm
Asian Culture Center

Professor Yin Xiao-Huang, from California, is coming to interview for the Director of Asian American Studies position. He’s very interested in meeting students, so try to show up if you can. Remember, this Asian American Studies program is a result of student activism by leaders before you, so you should continue to have a hand in the programs formation. Finding a director for the program is the next big step, so come and show your support.

Lunch will be provided, but you need to let Cheng know if you plan on coming so enough food is ordered.

Emcees Tryouts for Mr. & Ms. Asia Pageant

Think you have what it takes to be the next MC for Mr. & Ms. Asia? If so, come to the MC tryouts this Sunday, Feb 26th at BU 223 at 3:00pm.

Below are a few requirements:-

Prepare a 3-5 minute introduction speech which should include the following ideas:

1) Welcome message
2) This is the 4th annual MMA show.
3) Introduce yourself.
4) Over 12 countries being represented.
5) Introduce line-up of the show.
    Traditional costume walk
    Talent Show
    Mass Dance
6) Fit a few jokes in.

The above list is not conclusive. Feel free to add your own spice. We are looking for energetic, “understandable” and funny people.

Come and show us that you got what it takes. Bring yourself, your friends and your entourage!

Feel free to email us with any questions.
Aobo –
Juin Yi –

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