Asian Studies Focus Awards showcase the erhu
Photos and Story by Kate Chester
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.