A variety of events have been scheduled at Hope College on Sunday, March 8, and Tuesday, March 10, in conjunction with the annual Asian heritage celebration at the college.

The public is invited to all of the events, which include an opening celebration, a food festival and a lecture.  Admission is free except for the food festival.

The activities will begin with a celebration featuring Asian culture represented at Hope on Sunday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.  The event will include Asian food (a small portion of Vietnamese Pho and summer roll per person), Bollywood dancing lessons, and how to do Japanese calligraphy and origami. The celebration is organized by the Hope College Office of Multicultural Education (OME) and the student HAPA (Hope’s Asian Perspective Association) organization.

Participants will have an opportunity to taste a variety of Asian dishes on Tuesday, March 10, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the annual Asian Food Festival hosted at both Phelps and Cook dining halls.  The menu will include curry, pad Thai, fried rice, egg rolls, fried dumplings, samosa and sticky rice mango.  The festival is $6 for community members, payable at the dining halls during the event.

The celebration will conclude with a lecture by Pastor Socheth Na and his son, Stephen Na, from the Cambodian Fellowship Christian Reformed Church on Tuesday, March 10, at 6 p.m. in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication, with a reception following in the rotunda. Father and son will speak about their experiences living in Holland as first- and second-generation immigrants from Cambodia.  The Asian Heritage Lecture is sponsored by the Hope College Office of Multicultural Education and the HAPA student organization.

Cook Dining Hall is located at 225 College Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.  The Maas Center is located at 264 Columbia Ave., on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street. The Martha Miller Center for Global Communication is located at 257 Columbia Ave., at the corner of Columbia Avenue and 10th Street.  Phelps Dining Hall is located at 154 E. 10th St., on Columbia Avenue at 10th Street.

More information about the events may be obtained by contacting the college’s Office of Multicultural Education at ome@hope.edu or (616) 395-7867.