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January 30, 2013

Events focus on Asians and Asian Americans, cultural understanding

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A series of events Feb. 5-8 will focus on cultural issues and the Asian and Asian American experience at Purdue University.

The four events for the Purdue Asian and Asian American Voices: Engaging, Empowering, Enabling series are free and open to the public. The series is sponsored by the Purdue student group Asian Pacific American Caucus.

The events are:

* Feb. 5. 3-5 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 302. "Being Asian & Asian American at Purdue: A Roundtable." The panelists include Ei-Ichi Negishi, the Herbert Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and 2010 Nobel Prize winner; Song No, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts; Wei Hong, professor of Chinese and director of the Confucius Institute at Purdue; Rebecca Wong, psychologist at the Purdue University Counseling and Psychological Services; Patrocinio Schweickart, professor of English and Women's Studies; Adlina Maulod, doctoral student in anthropology; and Victoria Loong, undergraduate student in psychology and law and society.

* Feb. 6. 3-5 p.m. Mechanical Engineering Building, Room 1009. "College Racism: Racist vs. Racial Humor." The Asian Pacific American Caucus student leaders will facilitate a discussion on the differences between racial and racist humor, how they affect college campuses, and how campus communities can productively respond when witnessing racist humor.

* Feb. 7. 3-5 p.m. Purdue Memorial Union, East Faculty Lounge. "Reflections on Asian American Performance Onstage and Offstage." Presented by Josephine Lee, professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. This event is sponsored by the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion, with additional support from the Asian Pacific American Caucus, departments of English, Political Science and Sociology and Asian American Studies and American Studies programs.

* Feb. 8. 3-5 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 302. "Building Asian American Studies from the (Frozen) Ground Up: Motivation, Machination, Maintenance." Presented by Josephine Lee.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Sources: Hana Lee, doctoral student in American Studies and president for the Asian Pacific American Caucus, lee1003@purdue.edu

Pamela K. Sari, doctoral candidate in American Studies and secretary for the Asian Pacific American Caucus, psari@purdue.edu

Monica Trieu, an assistant professor of sociology and Asian American Studies and co-faculty advisor for the Asian Pacific American Caucus, mtrieu@purdue.edu

S. Laurel Weldon, professor of political science and director of the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion, weldons@purdue.edu