Asian Awareness Week Events Will Run April 14-16
Posted April 3, 2003
HOLLAND -- A food fair, keynote address and
dramatic presentation will all be featured during Asian
Awareness Week at Hope College.
The activities will run Monday-Wednesday, April
The public is invited. There is an admission
charge for the food fair, but admission is free to the
keynote address and dramatic presentation.
The Asian Food Fair will be held in the Phelps
Hall dining hall on Monday, April 14, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30
p.m. A variety of dishes will be featured. Admission for
those not on the college's meal plan will be $5 per person.
Anne Choi of the history faculty at De Pauw
University in Greencastle, Ind., will present the keynote
address "La Choy, Chinese Food Swings American? Korean
Immigrant Entrepreneurship in the 1920s" on Tuesday, April
15, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center conference room.
Choi is a postdoctoral fellow and visiting
assistant professor at De Pauw University, and in the fall
will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at Swarthmore College
in Pennsylvania, where she will teach on Asian American
history and Asian American popular culture.
She completed doctoral studies at the University
of Southern California in American history, focusing on the
experience of Korean immigrants to the U.S. before 1945. A
native of the Midwest, she completed her undergraduate
degree at Indiana University, where she majored in history
and East Asian studies. She holds an M.A. in history from
the University of Massachusetts.
The Los Angeles-based performance group Great Leap
will present the dramatic presentation "A Slice of Rice,
Frijoles and Greens" on Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in
the Knickerbocker Theatre.
Great Leap is a community-based, non-profit
performing arts organization dedicated to using the arts to
cross cultural borders for positive social change. Founded
in 1978 by artistic director Nobuko Miyamoto, Great Leap
seeks to create, present and produce works that express the
multicultural experience through performances and workshops.
"A Slice of Rice, Frijoles and Greens" is a mix of
contemporary stories that give expression to the Asian,
Latino, African and Deaf American experience. The
performance pieces use theatre, music and movement.
Great Leap's visit is being co-sponsored by the
Black Student Union, Hispanic Student Organization and
Hope's Asian Perspective Association student groups, and by
the college's office of multicultural life.
Phelps Hall and the Maas Center are adjacent to
one another on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street. The
Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown Holland at 86
E. 8th St.