Dr. Patrick Hayashi, former associate president of the University of California, will discuss “Aging the Asian-American Way” for Fresno State’s Amerasia Week at noon Wednesday, March 4.

His talk in the Alice Peters Auditorium in the Peters Business Building (5245 N. Backer Ave.), will be a reflection on art, music and race in the Asian-American culture. A reception will follow from 1-2 p.m.

The lecture is sponsored by the President’s Office as well as the Asian Faculty and Staff Association as part of the week-long observance.

The Fresno State Amerasia Organization will feature dance, song and skit performances representing Filipinos, Indians, Japanese, Hmong and other cultures each night this week from 6-8 p.m. The week culminates with Festival Night from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 7. All events are in the Satellite Student Union.

Hayashi’s work influenced the admission system used by the University of California to allow greater opportunity for students of color and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

In 2013, Hayashi traveled to Kyrgyzstan on behalf of the U.S. State Department, lecturing about the Japanese-American concentration camps and sharing his passion of how to “paint with smoke and fire.”

For more information, contact Amerasia Week co-chairs Nina Cha or See Vang at 559.410.3190 or amerasiaorg@gmail.com or for information on the lecture contact Joy Goto at jgoto@csufresno.edu or 559.278.2530.

(Copy by Jodi Raley, University Communications student news assistant.)

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