Year-of-the-Ox 2009 Chinese New Year Celebration, January 24, Saturday,5:00pm—8:00pm, Murphy Center
This year’s celebration will be started with a one-hour performance prepared by the Greenville Chinese School. They will bring a wonderful show to us. And all the attending children will receive a special gift. You may also have chances to win the door prizes.
Chinese food will be served after the performance. We have enough food to serve this year, but you are more than welcome to bring your homemade specials to share with others. We are looking forward to seeing you coming with your family and friends. Performance: 5:00pm-6:30pm; Dinner: 6:30pm-8:00pm; Games: 8:00pm and after $3/Adult, free / Children and ECU Chinese students Contact: Chengcheng Li firstname.lastname@example.org (252)328-9671 FLYER ARTICLE
Gender to a Tea: Faculty Research Seminar Series in Women’s and Gender Issues—Spring 2009 Invites you to a presentation by: Christine Avenarius (Anthropology) on:“Gendered Perspectives of Justice and Fairness in Rural and Urban China” Wednesday, February 11, 1 p.m., Bate 1006. Sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences FLYER
Buddhist Perspective for Difficult Times Speaker: The Third Bardor Tulku Rinpoche Sponsored by KTC Greenville Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center. March 18, 2009,7:30 pm, Bayt Shalom Temple, 4351 East 10th Street, Greenville, NC (across from Food Lion @ Portertown Rd Intersection & Hwy 33) Open to the public, no charge FLYER
Tai Chi Workshop ECU Tai Chi club will host an open workshop on Saturday, April 4, 9:30 - 12:30, in Student Recreation Center, room 239. Kathleen Cusick, an instructor from the Magic Tortoise Taiqi Quan School in Chapel Hill, will teach us some of the Qi Gong exercises called Luohan and basic Tai Chi fundamentals. This workshop is open to everyone, whether you are a club member or not. There is no prio Taiqi experience required to attend this workshop. Comfortable clothing and shoes is recommended.
April 2009 Asian/Asian American Heritage Month FLYER
Thoughout the month: Book and film exhibit in Joyner produced by Angela Whitehurst and Clark Nail
The photography exhibit Seoul-New York-Greenville: A Cross-Cultural Journey by Professor Borim Song, School of Art and Design, will be on display in Joyner Library on the first floor near the Reference Department instruction classrooms April 15 – July 31, 2009 to celebrate ECU Asian/Asian American Heritage Month. FLYER
Wednesday, April 8 Keynote Presentation: "The Secret Life of an Asian American Writer" by Shawn Wong 6 p.m., Hendrix Theatre, Mendenhall Student Center FLYER
In 1969, while a student at UC Berkeley, Shawn Wong decided to be a novelist instead of a doctor. At the same time he made this decision, he could not name a single Asian American author and realized that no high school teacher or college professor had ever assigned or even mentioned a book written by an Asian American. Wong found a whole neglected area of American literature without the benefit of classes or teachers. His talk will detail the search for this literature outside of academia. He will also discuss and screen scenes from the upcoming movie, "Americanese," a film adapted from his novel, "American Knees." Sponsored by OID.
Monday, April 6, Dinner & Movie: “My America, or Honk If You Love Buddha” 6 p.m., LWCC Gallery
Movie Night is a special movie series offering a variety of cultural topics. Admission is FREE! Enjoy popcorn and bring your dinner to the viewing. Afterwards, stay to discuss the situations and issues presented in the movie. Sponsored by LWCC.
Tuesday, April 21, Panel and Discussion: “From Asia to Greenville: Piecing Together Cultural Experiences” 1-3 p.m., Old Cafeteria Complex, Room 1632
This event will feature a panel on resources for international faculty facilitated by Sylvie Henning. There will also be a roundtable discussion by a selection of Asian faculty members, each having been in the U.S. significantly different lengths of time, on adapting to life in eastern North Carolina and at ECU. The roundtable discussion will be facilitated by Borim Song. Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence.
Tuesday, April 22, Cultural Cuisine Night: A Taste of the World 6 p.m., LWCC
Looking for a new way to socialize and network with friends across campus? Come and enjoy samples of great food from local venders and student organizations. During this event, we will highlight various customs related to how we prepare food and enjoy it as well. Sponsored by LWCC.
Wednesday April 23,“Speak Your Mind”: OID Diversity Discussion and Dinner 6 p.m., Please email email@example.com for an invitation.
A discussion of Asian and Asian American issues at ECU open to campus and community members who have attended heritage events during the month.
Friday, April 25,“Treasures of the East” Sponsored by the Asian Student Association, 6:30 pm, Wright Auditorium
Swami Yogatmananda ji will lecture at the Hindu Temple, 1420 E 14th St, Greenville
(252) 752-2670 on November 22 and 23 PROGRAM PHOTO
Journey into Asia is UNC-Chapel Hill Asian Students Association's annual cultural show. Performances are by talented UNC students and showcase the wide variety of cultures found on the UNC-CH campus. November 22 at 7PM CAROLINA THEATRE OF DURHAM 309 West Morgan Street Durham, NC 27701 (919) 560 - 3030 Student Tickets (with ID): $8 Adult Tickets: $10 Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request tickets at least one week before the performance. Tickets will be mailed upon receipt of payment. Please make checks payable to UNC-ASA. Checks should be mailed to 180 BPW Club Road, Apartment S2, Carrboro, NC 27705. Or contact Carolina Theatre directly to purchase tickets to Journey Into Asia. All tickets purchased from the theater cost $10.
International Student Social - A Taste of Asia, International Education Week 2008, Friday, November 21, 3-5 pm, International House, Come to our international student social where there will be samples of delicious Asian cuisine.
The ECU Tai Chi Club is hosting a workshop titled "First 4 Energies of the Tai Chi Circle". This workshop is designed to cover the fundamental concept and practice of Tai Chi. You are welcome to join us in this workshop and no prior Tai Chi experience is required.The "First 4 Energies of the Tai Chi Circle" workshop is held Saturday, November 15, 2008, from 9:30-11:30 AM, at ECU Student Recreation Center, Room 238. The instructor is Mr. Mitch Stroud, a well respected Tai Chi instructor. FLYER
On Wednesday, November 12, two Brody School of Medicine second-year student Ying Zhang will report on her Humanities’ Summer Fellowship projects: “Cultural Aspects of Breast Cancer-Illness, Reporting, Treatment and Prevention: A Pilot Study of Breast Cancer Patients in China” The talk will take place from 12:30-1:30pm in room 2S-04 in the Brody Medical Sciences Building. Lunch will be served for the first 50 people.
Diwali Celebration, November 8, 5-8 pm Mendenhall Great Rooms, sponsored by the Office of International Affairs FLYER"One of the biggest festivals of Hindus, Deepawali or Diwali in India is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm and happiness. This festival is celebrated for five continuous days, with the third day being celebrated as the main Diwali or as 'Festival of Lights'. Fireworks are always associated with this festival. The day is celebrated with people lighting diyas, candles all around their house. Lakshmi Puja is performed in the evening to seek divine blessings of Goddess of Wealth. Diwali gifts are exchanged among all near and dear ones." For more information see www.diwalifestival.org
The ECU Tai Chi Club invites the university to attend their annual workshop on October 18, 2008 from 9:30 am to 12:30 in room 238 in the Student Recreation Center. Led by Kathleen Cusick, this workshop will be appropriate for a wide variety of participants. There is no cost for the workshop and we suggest that you wear loose fitting clothing and bring socks.
Tai Chi, Chi Kung Seminar, October 12, 2008, Wilson Family YMCA, 1:30-4:30, Sifu Jeffery Gay and Sensei L.D. Tomlinson. FLYER
"Eastern Energies," October 2008, Inkstone Gallery, which recently opened at 180 Depot Street, Winterville, is featuring a collection of Asian-American art. The exhibit features the calligraphy and sumi-e of Kichung Lee Lizee of Butler, Tenn, along with the work of two of her students, Nell Maha of New Bern and Matthew Stockard of Winterville. Also included in the exhibit are the functional Kohiki-slip ceramics of Osaka, Japan-born artist, Akira Satake, who now resides and works in Swannanoa. Asian-themed porcelain tile mosaics by Laura Reese of Asheville are also on display. Hours are 10am-5pm Tuesdays-Fridays and 10am-3pm Saturdays. Call 321-7173.
“Voices of Iraq,” September 30, 2008, Mendenhall Student Center's Hendrix Theater,7:00 p.m. A discussion panel will follow the conclusion of the film, at approximately 8:30 p.m. “Voices of Iraq” is a documentary that was released in 2004. The film's producer distributed cameras to numerous Iraqi families, enabling them to record themselves.
“Mindfulness in Daily Life,” Lama Kathy Wesley returns to Greenville, September 12 – 14, KTC Greenville Tibetan Buddhist Center cordially invites you to attend a public talk, Friday September 12, 7:30 pm, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 411 East 4th Street, Greenville, NC; Saturday September 13, 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, Unitarian Universalist Church, 131 Oakmont Drive, 10-12, 2:30 - 4:30. For more information please call 252 756-8315. FLYER
CHINA STUDY ABROAD POSTER SHOW Dr. Huanqing Lu, who led a Construction Management group to China in summer 2008, organized an exhibition of the posters from that program on September 9 at 5:30 on the first floor of the Science and Technology Building. FLYER
The ECU Japan League
Thursdays 5-9, Bate 1010 offering historical and / or artistic Japanese Films, television programs and anime. It also plans yearly study tours to Kyoto in conjunction with the History Dept. All meeting days: 6pm Peacemaker Kurogane (A); 7pm Feature; 9pm Azumanga Daioh (A, time permitting). Complete film listings and activities available on the league website.
On Tuesday, June 3 at 8 p.m.in Fletcher Auditorium, there was a performance by Ms. Joo Young Lee playing traditional Korean music on the Gayageum, a stringed, zither-like instrument. She was joined in this performance by the Pong Mool Nol-E Drum Ensemble. The four drums in the ensemble represent Thunder, Cloud, Wind and Rain. Together this ensemble played what is known as traditional Korean Poongmool , or "farm" music. To be able to attend a live performance of this music that is faithful to ancient tradition and of high quality is a rare opportunity. The program was sponsored by the ECU Tae Kwon Do Club.
The ECU Tai Chi Club is hosting a Qigong workshop with guest instructor Kathleen Cusick from the Magic Tortoise Taiqi Quan School in Chapel Hill. She will be teaching qigong set called the "Louhan", which is a 1500 year old set of Chinese exercises taught at the Shaolin Monastery to improve health. The workshop will be at the ECU Rec. Center Rm. 238 on May 3, 10am - 12 noon. All are welcome. No prior experience is necessary.
Greenville International Festival
From traditional Scottish Highland Bagpipes to the African-inspired dance of a Kusun, the 2008 International Festival will feature a wide variety of music, dance and foods from across the globe. This year’s event, set for April 12th at Greenville’s Town Common, is co-sponsored by the City of Greenville and East Carolina University’s Office of International Affairs. International Festival activities begin at 11am and conclude at 4pm. Nearly 20 different vendors will feature their wares, creating a diversity of handicrafts and foods that will tempt the most discriminating palates. Flavors from the Caribbean, Middle East, Bosnia, India and China will be among the many exotic items for sampling. The entertainment line-up for this year’s event includes dance troupes performing numbers from the Turkey, China and India. Last year, over 5,000 people were on hand and enjoyed music, dance, food and friendship.
Performance Schedule for the 2008 International Festival on the Greenville Toyota Amphitheater stage.
- 11am Wake & District Pip Band – Scottish Bagpipes
- 11:45am American Turkish Association
- 12:30pm India Association of North Carolina
- 12:45pm Overtime – Bosnian group
- 1:30pm Kusun – African Dancers
- 2:45pm ECU Asian Student Association
- 3pm Mirage – Middle Eastern Dance
- 3:30pm Greenville Chinese School
Talk on Tibetan Buddhism: “Developing the Awakened Mind,” Venerable Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin, April 11, 2008, 7:30 pm, Unitarian Universalist (UU) Congregation, 131 Oakmont Drive (across from Gold’s Gym) All are welcome
Also Saturday and Sunday at the UU Congregation: Khenpo Ugyen will give a teaching on the “37 Practices of the Bodhisattva” April 12, 2008 10am – 12 pm, 2:30-4:30 pm; Sunday April 13, 2008,2:30-4:30 pm. The following link provides additional information about Khenpo Ugyen:
Hosted by KTC Greenville Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Study Center. For additional information please call: 252-756-8315
"TIBET Teach-In: What Happened and Why?" Dr. Derek Maher will discuss recent events regarding: Violence in Lhasa, Tibet; The Dalai lama and Buddhism; Human rights in China; Olympics in Beijing. Science and Technology Building OC209 April 9, 7:00 pm. Sponsored by: Religious Studies Program; English Department; Honors Program; Student Buddhist Meditation and Study Group TEC ARTICLE
Asian Student Association presents “Treasures of the East,” Saturday, April 5th at 7:00 PM in Wright Auditorium. Free Admission. A Multi-Cultural Show including acts from Asia and other countries... Dekhle, Tai Chi, Muqabla, Singing Acts, Arab Student Union, African Student Organization, Kineos- Modern dance group & a Multi-Cultural Fashion Show! FLYER
Celebrate the Indian Holiday, HOLI. Holi is also called the Festival of Colors and is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India. International House on Friday, March 28th from 3pm to 5pm. Food and Color will be served!
India Fest – Your Gateway to India, Saturday March 8, 12-9 PM, Sunday March 9, 12-6 PM, Dorton Arena, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. Admission: $3
Come with your friends and family to discover Indian Cultural Arts in a festive setting. Enjoy a dazzling array of dance and music performances! Browse a variety of traditional crafts from numerous vendors! Savor delicious Indian cuisine from top rated restaurants of the area! And witness a sizzling Fashion Show on the theme “Sacred Knot – Celebrating Indian Weddings”! Did you know that almost 800 stage performers are preparing to present over 100 dance and music items at this year’s festival? This year’s India Fest promises to set new heights for an Indian Cultural show in the area. Come and see for yourself why India Fest is the largest show in town! Indian Idol fame Amit Paul and Band will mesmerize the audience to celebrate Saturday, March 8, 7:00 PM
Did you know that Nuv Yug, a Raleigh based non-profit charitable organization to promote awareness of Indian Cultural Arts, is celebrating its fifth anniversary of bringing India Fest – Your Gateway to India to Raleigh? During this time, Nuv Yug has confirmed its non-profit 501 (c) 3 public charity status, doubled attendance at the festival, tripled its festival budget and quadrupled the number of stage performers!
India Fest is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on
recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission, and is supported by United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, with funds from the United Arts campaign and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts. Media Sponsor: Geet Bazaar Radio 88.1 FM WKNC Sundays 10am to 12noon
DIVERSITY WEEK ACTIVITIES RELATED TO ASIAN STUDIES
Sunday, February 24th
Location: 244 Mendenhall Student Center
(Muslim Student Association)
Tuesday, February 26th
Living with Diversity through the Arts: Colors in Diversity
-Asian American, bisexual, and female musician Magdalen Hsu-Li presents music from her latest CD, Smashing the Ceiling and talks about identity issues-Reception to follow Location: Multipurpose Room, Mendenhall Student Center Time: 4:00-5:30pm
(Office of Co-Curricular Programs and Cultural Outreach)
The Remix: Intercultural Party
Location: Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms (FREE Entry with ECU-One Card) Time: 10:00-1:00am (Diversity Week 2008 Team)
Saturday, March 1st
Diversity Retreat: Bridging the Gap
Location: Minges Coliseum
Time: Contact the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center
for registration fee and information 328-6495
(Ledonia Wright Cultural Center)
The ECU Chinese community and the Office of International Affairs is sponsoring a Chinese New Year celebration, Saturday, February 23 from 5pm to 9pm in the Mendenhall Multipurpose Room. The celebration will be followed by traditional Chinese martial arts, music, ethnic dancing, singing, a children's choir, and other cultural activities. Taste the food, see the sights, and experience the Chinese New Year's! Welcome the Year of the Rat!
The ECU Tai Chi Club invites ECU Faculty, Staff and Students to attend our upcoming Workshop Rising Lotus Qigong on Saturday January 26th from 9:30-12:30pm in room SRC 238 with Guest Instructor, Kathleen Cusick, from the Magic Tortoise School in Chapel Hill.
EIGHTEEN LUOHAN QIGONG (Shiba Luohangong)
Eighteen Luohan Qigong is a 1,500 year-old set attributed to Bodhidharma, a bodhisattva (luohan) of the 6th century, 28th patriarch of Buddhism in India and founder of the Chan (Zen) "meditative" school in China. He is said to have taught the Luohan exercises to the monks of the Shaolin Temple to improve their health, enhance their strength and flexibility, and fortify their internal energy with the goal of deepening meditation. According to tradition, this set forms the basis of Shaolin gongfu. The exercises are dynamic yet calming and invigorating in the Daoist tradition of "dao yin," with a subtle undertone of yoga asana, revealing their historic roots.
If you have never seen the Student Rec Center, please accept this invitation as a chance to look around. After which Club membership is just $10 per semester (for club activities only) for Faculty and Staff. RSVP to email@example.com if you plan to attend.
COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS AND COMMUNICATION
Seok-Hwa Kim, celebrated international metals artist from Seoul, Korea, is ECU resident artist during the fall 2007 semester. Kim is a professor in metal design and the chair of the Department of Art and Design at Dan Kook University. He is vice president of the Korean Society for Art and Design, vice president of the Journal of Korean Computer Education Society,and president of the Cultural Exchange Commission in Seoul. His mission at ECU is to promote cultural exchange projects between ECU and Korea. Mr. Kim's visit was organized by the College of Fine Arts and Communications program in metal design. PHOTO
OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
International Education Week, November 12-16, Activities related to Asian Studies COMPLETE SCHEDULE ARTICLE
- Chinese Film/Panel Discussion – Xingfu shiguang (Happy Times). 5pm, Science & Technology Building – C-207
For a decade and a half now, Zhang Yimou's films have acted as a messenger from China to the rest of the world. Happy Times is a comedy, an improbable tale that leads from one preposterous setup to the next, linked by the engaging character of its protagonist, a fifty-year-old factory worker with a taste for full figured women.
- Bollywood Film – Lage Raho Munna Bhai (India, 2006). 3pm, Science & Technology Building – C-309
This Indian musical comedy film is the second film in the popular Munna Bhai series of Bollywood. Sanjay Dutt stars in this film as Munna Bhai, a Mumbai (Bombay) underworld don, who begins to see the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi. Through his interactions with the image of Gandhi, Munna Bhai begins to practice what he calls Gandhigiri (Satyagraha, non-violence, and truth) to help ordinary people solve their problems.
- International Student Social – A Taste of India. 3pm – 5pm, International House
Come to our international student social where there will be samples of delicious Indian cuisine.
International Student Recruitment Focus – East and Southeast Asia
Our major recruiting focus this year continues with our work in East and Southeast Asia. In October Monika Wojciechowski, Assistant Director for International Student Recruitment, ptomoted ECU at fairs and school visits in Ho Chi Minh City, Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, and Tokyo.
More than 50% of international students in the United States come from Asia. Countries such as China, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan continue to be the leaders in the number of students that they send. Together with 41 representatives from a variety of institutions of higher education, Monika Wojciechowski, Assistant Director for International Student Recruitment, traveled to six Asian countries. The 20-day tour consisted of six public university fairs and 15 fairs for secondary school students. The students remain to be mainly interested in the following fields of study: business and management, engineering, computer science, the health sciences and communications.
If you are interested in assisting Monika in her recruitment efforts through distributing materials on your trips to these countries, corresponding with prospective students in their native language, translating materials, or suggesting ideas on how to promote ECU abroad, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Our International Students
This semester (fall 2007) we are pleased to welcome over 200 international students to our campus from 54 countries including Brazil, South Korea, Bahamas, China, Canada, Nigeria, Japan, Germany, and Norway. In addition, nearly 50 ECU students are currently studying abroad. We are working to increase international academic and cultural exchange as an important part of the educational experience at East Carolina University.
The incoming class includes many outstanding freshman and transfer students and among them is Yoojin Suh. Without knowing any English, Yoojin Suh came to the U.S. at the age of thirteen. She has traveled a long way since the fateful day of September 11, 2001 when she was crossing the Pacific to enter the unknown. Yoojin graduated this past May from Wayne Country Day School with a weighted GPA of 4.36 and the honor of being chosen the valedictorian. Throughout high school, Yoojin was recognized for her academic excellence in Spanish, math, physics and English. In addition, she was the president of Art Honor Society in grade ten and the president of Spanish Honor Society in grade twelve. Yoojin is also musically and artistically talented. She has played the flute since the age of eleven and has been recognized for her drawing abilities. Yoojin had been offered acceptance to UNC Chapel Hill, NYU and Case Western Reserve University, but we are very pleased that she chose to pursue her nursing degree at ECU.
GLOBAL ACADEMIC INITIATIVES: GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING
China: China Agricultural University, Beijing; Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an
India: University of Jammu, Jammu;Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Baroda
Malaysia: University of Malaysia Terengganu (formerly KUSTEM), Kuala Terengganu
Mongolia: National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar
Pakistan:Azad Jammu & Kashmir University, Muzaffarabad
Russia: LMSU in Moscow; Maritime State University, Vladivostok, Russia (Fall 2007)
Taiwan: FuJen Catholic University, Hsinchuang (NEW S2007)
GLOBAL ACADEMIC INITIATIVES: COASTAL STUDY GROUP
A delegation from ECU visited Malaysia from April 29 to May 13, 1007, to meet with representatives of the Universitiy Malaysia Tenengganu to discuss the possibility of exchanges and collaborative research related to coastal resource management. The members of the ECU delegation were Dr. Okmyung Bin, (Economics), Dr. Jason Bond (Biology), Dr. Enrique Reyes (Biology), and Dr. Ron Newton (Associate Dean of the Graduate School).