Published: March 5, 2008

Introductions to Asian languages, demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts and sessions on contemporary issues are some of the highlights of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s seventh annual “Asia Day” on Saturday, March 8.

The free public event presented by the CU-Boulder Center for Asian Studies will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Eaton Humanities Building on the Boulder campus.

“The Center for Asian Studies is pleased to be able to share the expertise of CU faculty, students and staff with the community, and to highlight the diversity of the peoples and countries of Asia,” said Laurel Rasplica Rodd, director of the Center for Asian Studies.

This year’s program will focus on Japan, China, India, Indonesia and other countries. Thai fruit carving, storytelling, a Tibetan dance and a sampling of foods from across Asia also are planned for the event.

Asia Day originally focused on the countries of East Asia, and that will continue in 2008 with sessions on democracy in China, China on the eve of the Olympics, Taiko drumming and folk dancing in Japan, according to Danielle Rocheleau Salaz, assistant director of the Center for Asian Studies.

This year’s program also includes sessions on Yemen history and Persian language from west Asia, Bollywood and classical Indian music from south Asia, and Indonesian cooking, martial arts and language from southeast Asia, reflecting the diversity of the vast continent of Asia.

“Children, families and adults can find something new and interesting at this event,” Salaz said.

CU-Boulder’s Center for Asian Studies brings together faculty, students and community members to encourage and support Asian scholarship across disciplinary and college boundaries. The center was designated by the U.S. Department of Education as one of only three National Resource Centers for Asian Studies nationwide, a credit to the strength of CU-Boulder’s Asian languages and area studies programs.

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