University Kicks Off ‘Tour’ of Asia with Art and Films from Taiwan

Sep 7, 2010

        The University of Scranton’s Asian Studies Concentration, which was launched during the spring semester, continues this academic year with a variety of cultural experiences representing six Asian countries.

        The new interdisciplinary 24-credit concentration will provide students with an understanding of the culturally diverse Asian region. The program is open to students of all majors. Cross-listed Asian Studies courses may also fulfill major, minor, cognate and general education requirements. All courses included in Asian Studies can count retroactively.

        Offering yearlong events that are free and open to the public, Scranton will begin the series with “Encounter with Taiwan: Photo Exhibit and Award-Winning Taiwanese Film Festival” from Sept. 13 to 22 on the fourth floor of the DeNaples Center. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York City has generously provided more than 30 large photographs, with commentary, and four feature-length films.

        The films will be shown at the Moskovitz Theater of the DeNaples Center beginning with the exhibit opening ceremony and “Three Times,” a feature film, on Monday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. In addition, the other films that will also be shown at the Moskovitz Theater on the following dates are: “Grandma’s Hairpin,” a documentary, on Friday, Sept. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m.; and a double feature with “Yang Yang” and “Cape No. 7” on Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 10:30 p.m.

        According to Ann Pang-White, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Philosophy Department and director of the Asian Studies Concentration, the public cultural events fulfill several objectives. “When we designed this series, we wanted it to be both fun and educational,” she said. “The public events are intended to raise awareness of our new program and of Asian cultures, as well as involve the community.”

        In the coming months, The University of Scranton’s Asian cultural “tour” will continue with events focusing on Japan and Korea in October; Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia in November; China in February; India in March; and the Philippines in April. Each exhibition will be organized by a member of Scranton’s Asian Studies faculty.

        Additional support is provided by the Office of Equity and Diversity and the Office of Multicultural Affairs at The University of Scranton. For more information about “Encounter with Taiwan: Photo Exhibit and Award-Winning Taiwanese Film Festival,” contact Dr. Pang-White at



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