The diversity of Asian culture in the United States is on display during the annual Amerasia Week at California State University, Fresno, which is celebrated with four nights of traditional dancing, music and other presentations.

The 2010 Amerasia Week and music kicks off at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at the Satellite Student Union (2485 E. San Ramon Ave.) with an event sponsored by the Laotian Student Association, which will include dance, drama and a fashion show exhibiting traditional Lao clothing.

Amerasia Week activities are sponsored by the student Amerasia Organizaiton, as part of Asian Cultural Heritage Month.

“Amerasia Week is an opportunity for students and the community to join together in celebration of diversity in the Asian cultures,” said Vang Vang, co-adviser of the club.

The 2010 presentations, all of which are free and open to the community:

  • Thursday, March 4 – The Japanese Student Association presents karate and kendo demonstrations and a Taiko performance.
  • Friday, March 5 – The Hmong Student Association stages skits, music and dancing.Saturday, March 6 – Various Asian student organizations jointly host a festival of dance, song and skits representing several cultures.

Other campus Asian Cultural Heritage Month observances include:

  • A lecture at 2 p.m. March 15 on “Yellow Tide Rising? Asian American Political Engagement” by Dr. Jane Junn, a professor of political science at the University of Southern California. The lecture is presented in Room 2206 of the library by the Fresno State Asian Faculty/Staff Association.
  • The Southeast Asian Educational Leadership Conference on March 20 at the Satellite Student Union starting at 9 a.m. for high school and community college students.

For more information about Amerasia Week, contact Vang at 559.278.3037 or

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