A spectacular showcase of Asian crafts, foods, cultures, and entertainment will be on display to highlight the traditional Asian New Year celebration. Representatives from countries such as China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippine, and Hmong, etc. talk about their country's traditions in celebrating the New Year. Participants will learn about different Asian ethnic groups under the Asian category. Everyone will enjoy samples of traditional New Year food, games, entertainment, music, dance and costumes.
Presenter: Assistant Professor Gang Xu, Department of Geography & Planning at Grand Valley State University
Professor Xu will present on his study of the growing presence of Asian ethnic groups in the United States and its significant effect on the country’s cultural landscape, demographics, labor market, technological innovations and global connections. Using U.S. Census, this study investigates the geographic patterns and spatial dynamics of Asian ethnic groups across 3,136 U.S. counties. This research shows that income levels, availability of jobs, accessibility to higher education, and proximity to social capital are among the principal factors attracting Asian immigrants. This study also discusses several methodological issues pertaining to future research of Asian ethnic settlements in the United States.
Take a journey with Carissa Woodwyk, an Asian adoptee, and see how the dynamics of being a person of color and being an adoptee affect one's identity. Specific issues regarding parenting and healthy adoptee identity will be highlighted and personal stories encouraged.
Hosted by: Kennedy Management Resources, Inc., “Home of Diversity Theatre”
The dreams of religious freedom, economic prosperity, and opportunity have historically driven immigrants to the United States. For some, it is to escape persecution, war, terrorism, extreme poverty, famines, and natural disaster. You will laugh and cry as you meet these Asians as they share their experience, stories, and their journeys in their pursuit of the American Dream.
Panelists: Bing Goei, owner of Eastern Floral, chairman of the board of Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce; Susan Im, attorney and Governor Granholm’s appointed Asian American Council; and Alice Kennedy, president of Kennedy Management Resources, Inc., Home of Diversity Theatre.
Three Asian community key leaders will share their journey as they discover the promise of our nation and to realize their dreams through the love of family, entrepreneurship, excellence in education, and community service. Participants have the opportunity to listen to personal stories of these talented and hard-working citizens and recognize the panelists’ rich legacy of ingenuity, perseverance, and achievement. Interactive dialogue format which encourages meaningful questions from the audience.
Keynote speaker: Loung Ung, Cambodian, author, activist, and lecturer
RICE Conference offers three relevant tracks which include culture, education and health to educate and raise awareness on Asian issues that matter to our community. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served. The conference is free and open to the public. Workshop information and on-line registration are available at http://www2.gvsu.edu/~asu/rice.htm.
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