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Smith honors Asian-American Studies program

By James Idea 
Daily Cougar Staff

In a speech last night at the Golden Palace Restaurant, UH President Arthur K. Smith honored the Asian-American Studies Center for its accomplishments and contributions to the Houston community.

"The Asian-American Studies Center has been a great addition to the campus," Smith said. "The program is a permanent division of the campus, and we want to see it prosper and grow."

The Houston Chinese-American Lions Club, an organization that focuses on serving the community and providing for the handicapped, sponsored the dinner.

Prominent members of the Houston community who attended the dinner were UH Asian-American Studies Director Yali Zou and former Houston City Councilwoman Martha Wong.

Since the establishment of the UH Asian-American Studies Center in the spring of 1995, the center has developed numerous programs and has participated in several events to serve the Houston community.

UH is one of only 14 universities in the nation that offers a minor in Asian-American studies.

The AASC also sponsors a Visiting Scholars program and a Student Exchange program with countries from all over the world.

The programs also serves the Houston community annually by allowing UH student volunteers to participate in the Chinese New Year and Vietnamese Tet festivals.

In addition, the program offers a Summer China Study Abroad Program and is one of the few centers in the nation that is authorized to administer a Chinese proficiency test.

"Current plans by the AASC Advisory Council are under way to initiate an endowment fund seeking to raise a maximum of $1 million for the center," Smith said.

The track record of the Asian-American Studies Centers suggests that the program will only grow, Wong said.

Students interested in registering for the Asian-American Studies minor or getting more information on the center should call (713) 743-9863 or visit its office on the fourth floor of Farish Hall.
 
 

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