Tidying Up Marie Kondo Style, Chinese Innovation, and a Festival of Lights

UR's 2019 International Education Week Spotlights East Asian Cultures
October 31, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — The University of Richmond community will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 11-15.

With a growing interest in engagement with the diverse cultures on campus and abroad, this year’s event spotlights East Asia. The single largest international student population at UR comes from China, and many Asian Americans on campus have strong connections to China, Korea, or Japan. Additionally, many faculty incorporate the study of Asia into their teaching and research.

“International Education Week provides an opportunity to share and expand on our faculty, staff, and student interests here on campus,” said Dean of International Education Martha Merritt. “We want to work with members of our campus community to showcase and celebrate their connections to countries in Asia.”

Programing throughout the week will include a pan-Asian dinner, music, a panel discussion and podcast focused on the challenges of cross-cultural understanding, film, dance, tea tastings, calligraphy, a Festival of Lights, and more.

Highlights include: 

A Wish Walk and Opening Celebration
Nov. 11, noon, The Forum.
Participants will have the opportunity to express their wishes, which will later be written onto lanterns and take flight at the Festival of Lights!

Tidying Up – The Beauty of Order in Japan (panel discussion)
Nov. 12, noon, Carole Weinstein International Center Commons. Panelists will discuss the origins and influences of KonMari minimalism and ways in to adopt these practices to bring beauty and order into lives.

Nationali-TEA (tea-tasting event)
Nov. 12, 1 p.m., Carole Weinstein International Center, International Gallery and Office of International Education 

Innovation in China
Nov. 13, 2:30 p.m., Brown Alley Room, Weinstein Hall.
Noted scholars Judith Farquhar (Anthropology) and Yuen Yuen Ang (Political Science) will discuss areas of innovation in Chinese culture, economics, and politics that often get overlooked in explaining Chinese resilience and achievement.

Festival of Lights
Nov. 13, 4:30 p.m., Tyler Haynes Commons.
Open to the campus and local community, the Festival of Lights features cultures and influences from countries throughout Asia. Guests can explore the arts, opportunities to study abroad, fellowships, music, and dance among dozens of stations. 

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten – Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll (a film screening)
Nov. 15, 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium

For a full list of International Education Week programming visit, international.richmond.edu/global-richmond/ie-week/asia


Media wishing to cover International Education Week should RSVP to Media Relations Specialist Lindsey Campbell at lcampbe4@richmond.edu.