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IU Celebrates Diverse Asian Cultures, History, and Peoples
A lecture by Jenny 8. Lee, a reporter for the New York Times and author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, will highlight Indiana University's early observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which honors the rich history and presence of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Other highlights will include the annual Taste of Asia and AsianFest events.
Festivities will begin on Friday (March 27) with an opening lunch reception at the Indiana Memorial Union, where winners of an essay contest co-sponsored by IU's Creative Writing Program will be announced. IU Provost Karen Hanson will be the featured speaker.
Lee will speak Thursday (April 2) at 7 p.m. in the IU School of Journalism Auditorium. She is author of a best-selling book on the history of Chinese food in the United States, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food (Twelve Books, 2008) and a blog, fortunecookiechronicles.com.
A native of New York City, Lee has a degree in applied math and economics from Harvard University. After graduation, she lived in China and spent a year at Beijing University studying international relations.
She will sign copies of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles after her lecture (copies will be available for purchase). A question-and-answer feature story with Lee will appear in the next issue of IU's Live at IU newsletter and will be available April 2 at newsinfo.iu.edu/issue/page/normal/151.html.
Taste Of Asia will begin at 4 p.m. April 5 and will feature samples of Asian cuisine from various restaurants in Bloomington as well as a talent show. The event also will include displays set up by Asian and Asian American interest groups on and off campus that reflect the cultural diversity within these communities.
Asian Fest will close the month-long celebration, from 10 a.m. to noon May 2 at the Showers City Hall Atrium and Outdoor Stage area at Eighth and Morton Streets (in conjunction with the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market). It will feature Asian cooking demonstrations, musical and dance performances by Asian artists and educational and craft activities for the whole family. It is being presented by the Asian Culture Center (ACC) in cooperation with the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department and the Safe and Civil City Program.
The ACC coordinates many of the events at IU Bloomington, which will include ethnic festivals, gatherings and lectures reflecting immigrant history and cultures and diasporic experience. There will be performances of both traditional and modern music, a film showing, art exhibits, cooking demonstrations and an Asian knowledge bowl contest.
The ACC's Web site at www.indiana.edu/~acc will provide updates and further details about APAHM events. Following are the month's other events, which also are free and open to the public:
Revised: March 26, 2009
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