Asia Week Offers Diverse Events

Asia-related talks, performances, films, and a field trip are free and open to the general public during Asia Week at Willamette University Feb. 28 through March 6. Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program with support from the Hewlett Presidential Discretionary Fund, the Henry Luce Foundation and the Willamette history department, all events are free and open to the public.

Events include:

  • Daoist Meditation, a talk by Professor Harold Roth, Brown University, Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of the Hatfield Library;
  • Human Rights in Asia, a convocation presentation by Therese Caouette, human rights advocate/consultant, Thursday, Feb. 24, from 12:45 to 1:40 p.m. in Cone Chapel;
  • Chinese Lion Dance, Thursday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m. on Jackson Plaza;
  • Koto Journey, a concert by Elizabeth Falconer, Wednesday, March 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center;
  • Koto Demonstration Workshop with Elizabeth Falconer, Wednesday, March 2, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Hatfield Room;
  • Japanese Anime and Popular Culture, a lecture by Professor Toni Levi, Portland State University, Thursday, March 3, at 4 p.m. in the Hatfield Room;
  • Anime Film Viewing: The Cat Returns, directed by Miyazaki Hayao, followed by a discussion led by Professor Levi Thursday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. in Smullin Hall, Room B-17;
  • Hero, a martial arts epic from premiere Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, sponsored by the Associated Students of Willamette University Events Board, Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, at 9 p.m. in Smith Auditorium;
  • Chinese Traditional Puppet Show by puppeteers Yuqin Wang and Zhengli Xu, winners of the National Heritage Fellowship of the National Endowment for the Arts, Saturday, March 5, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium;
  • Japanese Gardens and Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, a Portland field trip, Sunday, March 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register, please email
  • Kamikaze: Discovering Kublai Khan's Lost Fleet by James P. Delgado, director, Vancouver Maritime Museum, B.C., and host of "The Sea Hunters," Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the John C. Paulus Great Hall, Collins Legal Center, College of Law. This event is sponsored by the Archeological Institute of America with support from the Asian Studies Program.

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