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Asian-Themed Fiction Reading Oct. 30
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Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
phyllis.cohen-stevens@qc.cuny.edu
(718) 997-5597

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
maria.matteo@qc.cuny.edu
(718) 997-5593

Media Advisory for Thursday, October 30, 2008, 12:15 – 1:30 pm

QUEENS COLLEGE HOSTS READING OF CONTEMPORARY FICTION
BY FOUR AWARD-WINNING NEW YORK WRITERS

-- Authors’ Selections Explore the Universal Humanity
Within Our Cultural Diversity --

WHAT: “Knowing Me, Knowing You: Asian, American Voices,” a reading of contemporary fiction by four award-winning Asian and American writers. Through their stories, they attempt to transcend the limits of their own ethnicities as they celebrate the cultural mosaic of Queens and New York and the universal core of humanity that unites us all despite our differences. S.J. Rozan’s characters are authentically Chinese although she herself is Caucasian. Henry Chang portrays Chinatown through the eyes of an American of Chinese descent. Victoria Eng relies on Chinese and Hispanic characters to bring to life the challenges of growing up in Flushing. Jillian Abbott explores what it is like to be an immigrant in America through the eyes of a Pakistani terrorist living in Queens.
WHERE: Rosenthal Library, 5th floor, President’s Conference Room 2
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY
For directions, go to http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions.php
WHO: Speakers will include Assemblywoman Ellen Young and Madhulika Khandelwal, director of the Queens College Asian/American Center and Urban Studies professor.

BACKGROUND:
This event is sponsored by The Asian/American Center (A/AC) and the newly launched Asian Initiative at Queens College. Founded in 1987, the A/AC is dedicated to the development of community-oriented research, public programs and events that foster scholarship, understanding and creative exchange among Asians from North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean.

Queens College’s Asian Initiative has been designed to develop and solidify our relationship with the Asian community in Queens—the second largest in the U.S.—and pave the way for future collaborations.


 
 

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