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2015-2016 ACTIVITIES




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 (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 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

FALL 2008

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 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

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 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


Sunday, February 24th
The Muhammad

Location: 244 Mendenhall Student Center

Time: 12:00-1:30PM

(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.


FALL 2007




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 if you plan to attend.


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


International Education Week, November 12-16, Activities related to Asian Studies     COMPLETE SCHEDULE   ARTICLE

Wednesday, 11/14

  • 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.


Thursday, 11/15

  • 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.


Friday, 11/16

  • 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


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.




China: China Agricultural University, Beijing; Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an

Czech Republic

The Gambia

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)






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).


Japanese Students Association of ECU (JSAEC)   Yoko Asada is the organization president and Dr. A. J. Jacobs is the faculty advisor.

KTC Greenville Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Study Center



     Budo Taijutsu


     Tae Kwon Do- Flyer

     Tai Chi


ECU hosted four faculty members and eleven graduate students from the Hiroshima University Graduate College of Education from September 17-19, 2007. In addition, two Osaka Kyoiku University professors visited ECU September 18-20, 2007. They met with university officials, international exchange students from Japan, and ECU students who were former exchange students in Japan. These universities are active partners.

"Meditation: From Fear to Compassion," Public talk by Lama Kathy Wesley, KTC Greenville Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Study Center, Oct. 6, 2007, 7:30. Saturday teaching on meditation, 10-12, 2:30-4:30, Unitarian Universalist Church, 131 Oakmont Drive, Greenville, NC. Reception following talk. Call 756-8315 for further information.  FLYER

“From Protection to Rights:The Women.s Movement in Pakistan,” Public talk by Yasmin Haider, November 5, 2007, 7 p.m., with reception afterward. Speight Auditorium (Jenkins Building) Sponsored byECU Women’s Studies Program The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi,The Muslim Student Association, ECU Department of Geography, ECU Department of English, ECU Student Union. Ms Haider is a legal expert and member of the High Court and Federal ShariahCourt of Pakistan; editor, Shariah Law Magazine and Chair of the Foundation for Research and Development in Pakistan. FLYER

Terengganu Wetlands Workshop, Dec. 1-8, 2007, University of Malaysia. Organized by the Institute of Oceanography (Universiti Malaysia Terengganu and East Carolina University. ECU participants: Dr. Okmyung Bin (Economics), Dr. Jason Bond (Biology), Dr. Steve Culver (IICSP/Geological Sciences), Dr. Reide Corbett (IICSP/Geological Sciences), Dr. Joseph Flood (Recreation and Leisure Studies), Dr. David Mallinson (Geological Sciences), Dr. Enrique Reyes (IICSP/Biology) BROCHURE  LINKS


"Four Temperaments, Five Elements: Comparisons and Contrasts Between Eastern and Western Humoral Theory,"  January 22, 2007, 4:30 Laupus Library

Presenter: Jeffrey Pierce, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical History Interest Group, East Carolina University

TALES FROM THE BEIJING OPERA   January 25, 2007   Hendrix Theater 7pm Sponsored by the Student Union Cultural Awareness Committee          FLYER

"Far from here," Photos of Asia by Esther Havens Mendenhall Hall, February 9-March 9  FLYER

Bidirectional Pragmatic Transfer in American English Learners of Japanese and Japanese Learners of English, Nobuyoshi Asoaka, Lecturer in Japanese, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, 2007 TESOL/Applied Linguistics Graduate Students (TALGS) Conference, February 10, 8:15-9:00, Bate 1020, ECU.

Pavlenko and Jarvis (2002) and Cenoz (2003) introduce the term bidirectional transfer to explain a two-way movement between two languages, L1 and L2. This study investigates the bi-directionality of pragmatic transfer. The data was gathered from four groups, namely JJ (college-aged Japanese without much direct exposure to American culture), JA (Japanese exposed to the US), AJ (Americans exposed to Japan), and AA (Americans unexposed to Japan) in April 2006. Each of the participants filled in an English or a Japanese version of the questionnaire that focused on apologies. A total of 360 responses were categorized using a classification system modeled after CARLA and compared. Follow-up interviews were conducted with available participants. Findings suggest that depending on a combination factors, such as the degree of imposition involved and the relationship with the addressee, the L1 of both JA and AJ groups has been affected. For example, in certain situations, AJ participants were found to be more apologetic than JA. Furthermore, a follow-up interview reveals that some learners have "opened up" their world, in a sense, to question the way that they normally interact.

"Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China," Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, October 26, 2006-February 18, 2007

"Women Paying the Price in Disasters: Experiences in Darfur, Iraq and Afghanistan." February 19, 2007 12:30-1:30 pm, Brody School of Medicine, Brody 2E-100 FLYER ; "Human Rights and Regions of Conflict: Afghanistan, Darfur and Iraq,"  5 pm ECU East Campus (place to be annouced)

Presenter: Lynn Lawry, MD, MSPH, MSc;Director, Evidence-Based Research;International Medical Corps; Faculty, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Director, Initiative on Global Women’s Health, Harvard  Medical and Bloomberg School of Public Health; Faculty, Johns Hopkins University


"Tibet: The Cry of the Snow Lion," CCC Forum Club, Craven Community College, March 20, 2007, 1:30 pm, Orringer Auditorium


Set in the remote and stunning highlands of Central Asia, the award-winning documentary “Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion” explains the impact that the Communist invasion of 1951 had on the lives of the Tibetan people.  Unlike previous invaders, the Chinese Marxists have shown little respect for traditional Tibetan religion and culture.  Much like the American Indians, the Tibetans are no longer a majority in their own country.  The consequences have been especially tragic in Tibet.  This documentary is recommended for its beautiful photography as well as its thought-provoking history.  Admission free/Donations appreciated.


"What is Eurasia?" Workshop sponsored by Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies Duke University, March 24, 10a.m.-4 p.m., Duke West Campus, Durham, NC


The fall of the Soviet Union and the war in Afghanistan have brought unprecedented attention on the nations of Central Asia, especially the so-called "stans": Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

The program speakers will be drawn from leading scholars and specialists at Duke and other universities. Each talk will be followed by ample opportunity for questions and answers. A variety of teaching materials will be distributed to all participants.CSEEES is able to provide limited financial assistance for participants who travel substantial distances to attend.

If you might be interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Dr. Michael Newcity at Further information about the venue, driving directions, parking, etc. will be distributed to those who express an interest in attending.

2007 ECU YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL   March 31, 2007  Jenkins Fine Arts Building    PRESS RELEASE

Program may include a number of Asian cultural activities including Taiko drumming and South Asian dancing.

Rotary International Group Study Exchange Team from District 3650 Seoul, Korea, to District 7720 (which includes Greenville) April 9-May 7, 2007

ECU Open Martial Arts Tournament, April 14, 2007 PROGRAM   

PIRATEFEST, Greenville's annual International Festival April 14, 2007  DAILY REFLECTOR ARTICLE

International Movie Series: Jet Li's Fearless, April 17, 6:30 Bate 1031

Treasures of the East, April 22, 2007, 2-4pm, Wright Auditorium, ECU  FLYER  PROGRAM


The Korean Economic Institute (KEI) and The World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina will cosponsor a series of events on June 21 in Greenville, NC. The core event will be a panel program, hosted by the World Affairs Council. Ancillary events with local universities and media may also be arranged.

The team of speakers will include one representative each from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, and the U.S. Department of State, and Charles L. (Jack) Pritchard, President of Korea Economic Institute.


Taste of Japan, September, 2006

Wellness in Japan, November 2, 2006

Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, January 11, 2007

Reike I Certification Program, February 3-4, 2007

Shiatsu, March 3-4, 2007

Working in Japan, April 4, 2007

Bon Odori, April 4, 2007

Trip to Japan   FLYER

Tea and Kimono, June 27, 2007 

FALL 2006

WORLD COMMUNITY DAY, September 19, 2006

The goal of World Community Day was to engage students in onsite activities that that introduce them to various world cultures, specifically the cultures of Mexico, Sudan, China, Japan, and India.  One of the key features of the event was an opportunity for ECU students to link up with and talk directly to university students in Peru and Morocco via the ECU global classroom.  Other features included authentic cuisine, informational activities and live performances.

UNITED NATIONS DAY, October 24, 2006

A panel discussion on "Challenges to Nonproliferation: Iran, North Korea and the United Nations" was held on Tuesday, October 24 in Brewster C302. Members of the panel were Dr. Jalil Roshandel, Director, Security Studies; Dr. Nancy Spalding, Associate Professor of Political Science; Dr. John Tucker, Director, Asian Studies. The program was sponsored by the Model UN Club and the Department of Political Science. 

"CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION: Internationalizing Teacher Education"   November 13, 2006

       FLYER                         PHOTOS


MODEL UNITED NATIONS  November 17-18, 2006

Rotary International Group Study Exchange Team to Korea from District 7720 (which includes Greenville) October 9-November 5, 2006 

Team Leader:Keith Baronsky, clinical social worker, Goldsboro    

Team members:


Altrice Gales, criminal justice instructor at Pitt Community College, Grimesland


Don King, career development instructor and advisor at Pitt Community College, Ayden  


Eugene Tinklepaugh, newspaper staff writer,Washington         

          Rachel Ward, 6th grade school teacher, Edenton