PCC / News / May 28, 2010

Asian Studies Focus Awards showcase the erhu

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Jiyu Yang was the guest of honor at this year’s celebration of Asian Studies Focus Award recipients.

Jiyu Yang was the guest of honor at this year’s celebration of Asian Studies Focus Award recipients – six in total – held at the Sylvania Campus on May 19. Playing an erhu – a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, sometimes known as a “Chinese two-string fiddle” – Yang performed music from various regions of China, then gave a calligraphy workshop for attendees.

Students and faculty celebrated their successes from the past year with speeches and honors, followed by a reception and the calligraphy session. The program seeks to foster a richer understanding and appreciation of the cultures of Asia. Sixteen credits from a variety of courses can culminate in an Asian Studies Focus Award, which shows prospective employer and transfer universities and colleges a student’s foundational focus on Asia.

PCC is a Regional Center of the East-West Center’s Asian Studies Development Program. For more information about the center, visit www.eastwestcenter.org, and for more information about the Asian Studies program at PCC, visit www.pcc.edu/programs/asian-studies.