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Sac State faces east for Asia symposium


The event will include a performance by champion unicyclist Kaori Matsuzawa.

Sacramento State will spend a day in Asia during “Facing East: Global Learning and Conversations,” a symposium running 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19 in the Gallery, Japanese Tea Room and Garden, and Petris Room of the University Library.

Co-hosted by the University Honors Program and Sacramento State’s Omicron Chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the honor society for international scholars, the event will focus on the art, education and history of China, Japan, and South and Southeast Asia, as well as experiences of Asian-Americans.

Topics will include Confucianism, Southeast Asian Art, Sikhism, martial arts and opportunities for studying overseas.

There will be contributions from Honors’ students, students who have studied in Asia and students of Asian art history. Faculty members will discuss their work and research in Asia, and guest speakers will include Valerie Soe and Russell Jeung from San Francisco State’s Asian American Studies Department. Soe and Jeung produced The Oak Park Story, a film about three Oakland tenement families who band together and win a landmark settlement against their landlord.

“Our goal is to promote opportunities to learn about Asia through not only experts in this field, but also our students,” says Sacramento State lecturer Vanessa Arnaud.

Scholarly works aren’t the only focus of the day. Sacramento State student Kaori Matsuzawa, a former world-champion unicyclist, will perform on the mono-wheeled vehicle in the Library Quad at 12:30 p.m.

For more information, call (916) 278-5379 or visit For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.