Law Professor to Open Asian American Heritage Month
(Released: September 30, 2002)
By Allison Thompson, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- Law professor and author Frank Wu will open
this year's observance of Asian American Heritage month at The
University of Connecticut. Wu will deliver the talk, "Asian
Americans: Rights and Responsibilities in a Diverse
Democracy," on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in the Thomas J.
Dodd Research Center's Konover Auditorium.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public and media, is
sponsored by the Asian American Cultural Center and the Asian
American Studies Institute.
Wu was the first Asian American to serve as a professor at
Howard University's School of Law. He is the author of the
recently released book Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and
White, which explores the issues of discrimination,
immigration, diversity, globalization and the mixed-race
"Frank Wu gets to the heart of the some of the toughest
issues facing Asian Americans. He makes you think; he forces you to
question the status quo," says Angela Rola, director of the
Asian American Cultural Center.
Before beginning his academic career, Wu was a clerk for the
late United States District Court Judge Frank J. Battisti in
Cleveland, Ohio, and worked in private practice. Since starting his
academic career, Professor Wu has written several law review
articles, including Neither Black Nor White: Asian Americans
and Affirmative Action, and The Limits of Borders: A
Moderate Proposal for Immigration Reform. He currently is
working with a team of law professors on a textbook concerning the
Japanese American internment experience during World War II.
Other events scheduled for this year's Asian American
Heritage Observance, which has the theme "Asian Americans:
Examining Our Civil Rights and Responsibilities", include the
Shanghai Ballet's production of Coppelia at the Jorgensen
Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3; a
conversation about racism and sexism by award-winning director Lee
Mun Wah and a screening of his film Last Chance for Eden,
at von der Mehden Recital Hall at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17; a
talk by Lubna Khalid, co-founder of Real Cosmetics, at the Asian
American Cultural Center at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22; and a
performance of the one-person play Faces of America at von
der Mehden Recital Hall at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24.
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