UCLA Hosts its First-Ever Chinese Heritage Week

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From Feb. 28 to Mar. 3, 2005, the UCLA campus will be host to its first ever Chinese Heritage Week, a collaborative effort between 6 student organizations on campus to promote awareness of Chinese history, arts, and culture to the UCLA community.

From Feb. 28 to Mar. 3, 2005, the UCLA campus will be host to its first ever Chinese Heritage Week, a collaborative effort between 6 student organizations on campus to promote awareness of Chinese history, arts, and culture to the UCLA community.

The UCLA Chinese Heritage Week represents the joint efforts of the Association of Chinese Americans (ACA), the Chinese Cultural Dance Club (CCDC), the Chinese Students Association (CSA), the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), the Taiwanese American Union (TAU), and the Teo Chew Association (TCA), six student-run organizations of the University of California, Los Angeles with a common mission of upholding a presence and awareness of Chinese culture on campus.

For 2005, the theme will be the word HEART, which is an acronym representing the aspect of culture to be promoted on each day:

H - History

E - Eating

A - Arts

R - Recreation

T - Talks

On Monday, Chinese history will be promoted by the means of a historical timeline display on Bruin Plaza, which the intersection of the two main pedestrian thoroughfares on campus. Thousands of students and faculty going to and from classes will be able to take an abbreviated journey through the 4000 years of China's past, learning through pictures and descriptions of significant happenings and figures of each era. A fashion show from 12pm - 1pm will also take the audience on a sojourn to various time periods and provinces in China, presenting just some of myriad elaborate costumes attributed to the Chinese people.

Tuesday is the day of Eating, where many unique tastes from different parts of China may be sampled in a food fair set to take place on Bruin Plaza from 11am to 2pm. For just $0.50 a dish, passerbys can mix and match their own three-course meals from the wide selections available, each with their unique qualities.

Wednesday promotes the Arts, which will be embodied by a series of performances ranging from dance to opera set to take place suitably in the International Room of the Bradley International Hall. Starting at 7pm, audiences will be captivated by a series of unique performances created and rehearsed by student members of each organization which reflect the versatility of Chinese culture. The event will be open admission and open seating, first come, first served. In addition, the first issue of an annual literary magazine dedicated to Chinese culture will be distributed for free on campus on that day.

The mainstay of Thursday will be the Recreation Fair, which will feature a series of booths that teach various Chinese arts and crafts. Visitors may go to the Ackerman 2nd Floor Lounge from 10AM - 2PM to experience favorite Chinese pastimes from badminton to calligraphy painting. Selected workshops will begin on the hour for general education on the subject.

Finally, Talk Friday will feature a series of forums and discussions moderated by invited guests, covering topics from US-China trade issues to reflections on atrocities in Chinese history. Topics will rotate on an hourly basis from 12pm - 6pm at a classroom at Public Policy 1234.

"While each of our organizations often holds cultural events to highlight certain aspects of Chinese culture, nothing of this scale has ever been attempted on this campus," says Remington Ong, 3rd-year electrical engineering student and internal vice president of the Chinese Students Association. "The goal of this week is to create a synergy with the combined efforts of all our Chinese organizations in order to reach the largest audience possible."

More information will be made available at the website of the event, http://www.chinesebruins.com.

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