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UK's New Asia Center to Hold Inaugural Events

By Kelly Bozeman


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For more information about these and other Asia Center activities, call the Asia Center at (859) 257-7253 or e-mail

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Oct. 8, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky's new Asia Center, founded as a result of a multi-year grant from the Freeman Foundation, will host several events over three days in October and will sponsor other events throughout the year to promote knowledge about Asia on campus and across the Commonwealth.

-- Oct. 10 - The public is invited to hear Sidney Rittenberg speak on "The Chinese Communist Party, Past and Future" at 8 p.m. in the William T. Young Library auditorium. Rittenberg is the only American citizen ever to have joined the Chinese Communist Party.

-- Oct. 11 - The Warwick Foundation will co-sponsor an event in which faculty across Kentucky who study and teach classes about Asia will gather to discuss ways of broadening an understanding of Asia. The Warwick Foundation was established by the late Clay Lancaster, and invited participants will learn about his career comparing Asian and Western art and philosophy. Professor Gregory A. Waller, chair of UK's English department, will talk about his research, "Japan-in-America in the Early Twentieth Century." Participants are invited to the "Taste of Asia" festival organized by the Crane House in Louisville immediately following the event. The event will be held in the William T. Young Library.

-- Oct. 12- A workshop featuring Lucien Ellington, editor of "Education About Asia" and professor of education at the University of Tennessee, will take place in the UK Student Center for K-12 teachers interested in Asia.

-- Nov. 5 - "Christianity in Korea: Why is it so much more visible than in China or Japan?" lecture by Donald Clark, a history professor at Trinity University, will be held at 7 p.m. in the William T. Young Library auditorium.

In the spring of 2003, the UK Asia Center will hold a colloquium on post-World War II Japanese films, with an accompanying film series. An Asia Center visiting fellow, Ms. HE Xingqiong from the Chengdu municipal dance troupe, will teach a course in Chinese dance forms.

"Not only does the center create excitement on campus, but the local Asian communities have responded enthusiastically with their support," Kristin E. Stapleton, UK associate history professor and principal investigator on the Freeman grant, said. "We're very pleased by that because it demonstrates the potential for the Center to foster the exchange of knowledge and culture both inside and outside the classroom."

For more information about these and other Asia Center activities, call the Asia Center at (859) 257-7253 or e-mail

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