- Fantastical Creatures in Chinese Art Susana Sosa
Over thousands of years, Chinese artists have created images of mythical creatures such as the taotie monster, dragons, and guardian lions in different styles and media. Explore the symbolism and meaning behind these motifs in fantasy.
- Han Dynasty of China John Cho
Learn about the Han Dynasty of China from 206 BC to 221 AD. Confucianism became the basis upon which Chinese society developed. Examine the technological innovations of this dynasty. Why do Chinese refer to themselves as Han Chinese?
- Studying and Teaching Abroad Michael Takeda
What it means to live in another country. Have you ever wanted to travel the world? How about seeing the world while earning college credits? Or experiencing an exciting new culture while working and making money?
Participate and experience
- Japanese Flower Arrangement Aiko Takeda
Japanese Flower Arrangement, or Ikebana, is a cherished traditional art that has been practiced in Japan for over 500 years. Originally a religious art, Ikebana is now practiced worldwide.
- Japanese Taiko Drumming Clovis Heiwa Taiko
Taiko drums have been a part of Japanese culture and history for over one thousand years. Today ensemble groups maintain this cultural heritage and perform in multi-cultural events. Members of Clovis Heiwa Taiko will show and share their skill.
- Hmong Pan Dau Mai Yang & Shoua Yang
Pan Dau “flower cloth” is the embroidery artwork of the Hmong. This is an iconic representation of the Hmong culture and a heritage skill of needlework which has been passed from grandmothers to mothers to daughters for many generations.
Discuss and share thoughts on
- Asian Stereotypes Michael Takeda
Which came first: the reality or the stereotype? Are stereotypes based in reality, or do stereotypes shape reality? Why do Asian stereotypes exist? How do they do harm? Will they persist?
- On Being LGBTQ in Our Community Patti Van Vleet
Has society changed its attitudes towards the LGBTQ community and in what ways? How would your family react to a family member who came out; what variables would influence their reaction?
- What is Mental Illness? Mary Ann Valentino
What defines mental health and mental illness? How does one’s cultural background influence those definitions? When does it become necessary to seek professional help?