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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: January 27, 2000

California's Asian American Experience Staged at CSUS

California State University, Sacramento will host a traveling exhibit and musical performance in February to commemorate and celebrate the history and contributions made by California's Asian Pacific Americans. The events will coincide with two educational workshops for Sacramento area teachers.

Heading East: California's Asian Pacific Experience Exhibit, features several displays with images of California's trailblazing Asian Americans. Each pictorial chronicles stories of Asian Americans including early entrepreneurs, those who came to California to during Gold Rush and California's first Asian American communities.

"The exhibit focuses on a history often overlooked in standard accounts of California's development," says Sheila K. O'Neill, head of the University's special collections and archives.

The exhibit will be open Monday through Friday, Feb. 14 - 25 from noon to 4 p.m. in the library's South Reading Room. It will conclude with a "Museum Day" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26.

The theatrical presentation of Heading East: The Musical takes audiences on a journey through California's Asian American history. Performed by the East West Players Production of Los Angeles it will be held on at 8 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 25 and at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26 in the University Theatre in Shasta Hall. Tickets are $16 general and $13 for seniors ages 62 and over, and for children 13 and younger. They are available from the Interactive Asian Contemporary Theatre (InterACT) at (916) 452-6174 or the Chinatown gift store, 423 J St., at (916) 448-6465.

Heading East events are hosted by the University and presented by the Interactive Asian Contemporary Theatre, with major funding by California Asian Pacific American Experience and Wells Fargo.

"The play and exhibit brings what the Asian population has done for California into the limelight," says Dennis Yep, artistic director for the Interactive Asian Contemporary Theatre.

Two workshops relating to the exhibit will be presented in February to teachers from Del Paso Manor, Natomas Charter, Garfield and Sam Brannan schools.

More information is available by calling the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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