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AAA plans Asian Awareness Week activities

Von Handorf, Dustin | Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Notre Dame’s Asian American Association will celebrate its heritage and culture this week with movies and a banquet as part of Asian Heritage Week.”This week was chosen because it was right after Easter, and there is time for students to step back before finals,” said Sarah Liu, president of the AAA.Held through Friday at 8 p.m. in the Coleman Morse Center, various student organizations will present an Asian film of their choice. The Saturday night movie will begin at 7 p.m. “Wind Rider,” “My Sassy Girl,” “Ju-On,” “The Debut” and “In the Mood for Love” are films slated for presentation. The Chinese Culture Society, Korean Student Association, the Japan Club, the Filipino American Student Organization and the Chinese Friendship Association are showing the films. “[Movies are] the fastest and easiest way to attract people,” Liu said. “FTT doesn’t show movies regarding Asian culture.”In addition to a movie, AAA will host a “Taste of Asia” banquet Saturday featuring chicken with mixed vegetables, vegetable fried rice, beef lo mein and lumpia. The banquet will aim to “cover as much [Asian] culture as we can,” Liu said.Also contributing to Asian Heritage Week, the Free Burma Coalition will present an informational fair entitled “Burma’s Forgotten War” in LaFortune Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair seeks to educate on the political unrest and social injustices occurring in Burma.Although Heritage Week is typically recognized in May to honor Asian Heritage Month, the AAA opted to celebrate during the school year to increase awareness among Notre Dame’s campus community.”[The event] promotes awareness, appreciation and understanding of Asian cultures and encourages mutual respect for all racial and ethnic groups,” Liu said.