To commemorate Asian Awareness Week at Hope College, several activities have been planned for the week of April 4-8.
The week is coordinated by Hope’s Asian Perspective Association (HAPA), a student organization working in conjunction with a variety of campus groups and offices including the college’s Office of Multicultural Education.
T-shirts will be sold and donations will be collected at all events to raise funds for earthquake relief for Japan.
The week will begin with a Sushi Night on April 4 at 6 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.
Attendees will be able to make their own sushi rolls.
A showing of the documentary film “Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women,” with discussion led by the film’s producer, Dr. Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, will take place on April 5 at 6 p.m. in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication.
The movie tells of Korean women forced into sexual servitude by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.
Participants will have an opportunity to taste a variety of Asian dishes on April 6 from 4:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the annual Asian Food Festival hosted at both Phelps and Cook halls.
Meals are $5 for those not on the college meal plan.
The week will conclude with a performance by comedian Dan Nainan on April 8 at 8:30 p.m. in the DeWitt Center Kletz.
Nainan, whose father is from India and mother is from Japan, was a senior engineer with Intel before becoming a comedian.
He has performed around the country as well as internationally; specific appearances range from NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” to the 2008 Democratic National Convention to Apple’s “Get a Mac” series of television advertisements.