posted January 16, 2007

Asian Awareness Week Activities Run Jan. 22 to 26

 A variety of activities have been scheduled from Monday through Friday, Jan. 22-26, to commemorate Asian Awareness Week at Hope College.

The week is coordinated by Hope's Asian Perspective Association (HAPA), a student organization working in conjunction with the college's Office of Multicultural Life.

The public is invited to all of the four events. Admission is free to all of the activities except for a Great Performance Series concert featuring the Ahn Trio on Jan. 26.

The week will begin with the presentation "Asian Stereotypes in the Media" by Ji Hoon Park, who is an assistant professor of communication at Hope, on Monday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Maas Center conference room. Park's talk, illustrated with video clips and other examples, will discuss not only media stereotypes but also their impact.

The Korean film "Il Mare" will be shown on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in room 1000 of the college's A. Paul Schaap Science Center. The 2000 love story focuses on the relationship between two tenants of a seaside home who have not met but fall in love through notes they leave to one another at the house even as they live two years apart in time. It will be presented in Korean with English subtitles. The film was remade in 2006 as "The Lake House" starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves.

Dr. Moses Lee, who is dean for the natural sciences and professor of chemistry at Hope, will present "Home Sweet Home," reflecting on growing up in Malaysia, on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Multicultural Lounge of Phelps Hall. Lee joined the Hope faculty as dean in 2005 after previously serving on the chemistry faculty at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., where he had taught since 1989.

The Ahn Trio, Juilliard-trained sisters who are originally from South Korea, will perform through the Great Performance Series on Friday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. Tickets are $16 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens, and $5 for children 18 and under, and may be purchased at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, which is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

The DeVos Fieldhouse is located facing Fairbanks Avenue between Ninth and 11th streets. Dimnent Memorial Chapel is on College Avenue at 11th Street. The Maas Center is on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street. Phelps Hall is on Columbia Avenue at 10th Street. The A. Paul Schaap Science Center is located at College Avenue and 11th Street.