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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 movement.

"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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