August 7, 2008

Crow Collection of Asian Art Celebrates the Olympics

By To Submit Items For Asian Culture and Community, E-Mail, The Dallas Morning News

Aug. 7--China has never hosted an Olympics. To celebrate the historic event, the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas will offer an up-close look at Chinese culture with two weeks of activities.

The celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday with an Olympics party that includes a live broadcast of opening ceremonies -- and a 30-foot dragon.

Starting Tuesday and continuing through Aug. 23, free "Quick Culture" sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At these sessions, guests can make paper lanterns, learn a lion dance, practice kung fu, relax with tai chi and qigong, and play Chinese games.

Gallery talks at noon include Kyle Stewart on "The Chinese Tea Ceremony," Michael Cook on "Silkworms," Matthew Haley on "Chinese Games Throughout the Ages," Bill Clement on "Acupuncture" and Olympian Ryan Berube, a 1997 graduate of Southern Methodist University. The talks will be Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The museum will host a reception Wednesday for Academy Award-winning director Jessica Yu. Ms. Yu's film, Ping Pong Playa, will open the 2008 Asian Film Festival of Dallas, set for Aug. 14-21. In conjunction with the festival, the museum will show two movies -- The Park and Boomtown Beijing on Aug. 16.

A lecture hosted by the museum and the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 20. Ross Terrill will talk about "What Does China Want?"

The first 1,000 guests at the opening party will receive an official 2008 Beijing Olympic Games pin.


TWU student to attend conference for Nepali women

Soni Thapa-Oli is heading to Connecticut this weekend to attend the Nepali Women Building Bridges, Advocacy, Collaborations and Research conference. A native of Nepal, Ms. Thapa-Oli came to the U.S. in 2002 to work on her doctorate degree in sociology at Texas Woman's University in Denton.

"I decided to attend the conference for two reasons," she said. "First, I'm on the board of the Nepali Women's Global Network, and second, this is the first conference held in North America. I will be part of a panel where I will be discussing women's issues, particularly in the patriarchal society."

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Student earns scholarship with effort to aid Afghan girls

Sarosha Hansraj, 10, of Grapevine was one of 10 national winners of a $5,000 scholarship in the annual Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship Program. The award recognizes youths for outstanding community service.

Sarosha started a nonprofit to help underprivileged children at the Darnami Girls' School in Khost, a poor region of Afghanistan. She raised funds to buy shoes, school bags and supplies for 225 students and also created a Web site for the program,

"We are very proud of Sarosha," said friend Rafiq Lakhani . "It's overwhelming to see a 10-year-old with such a caring heart for others."


DART and the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce Dallas-Fort Worth are hosting a career and business development reception from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Renaissance Hotel, 900 E. Lookout Drive in Richardson. Dallas Area Rapid Transit and chamber officials will offer information on opportunities related to DART's expansion of rail and bus services. Visit

A Dallas vigil to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1988 pro-democracy protests in Burma will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Dallas City Hall Plaza, 1500 Marilla St. More than 200 Texas supporters of Burma are expected at the event. Visit www.uscampaignfor


The seventh annual Asian American Business Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way. Texas Health Resources Chief Executive Officer Doug Hawthorne will speak. Call 682-367-1393 or e-mail [email protected]

Aug. 14

Aga Khan Foundation will hold a corporate leadership luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Addison. The event kicks off the 2008 Dallas Partnership Walk, a national event that raises funds for and awareness of programs that reduce global poverty. The speaker will be Dr. Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core. Call 972-242-1682 or e-mail [email protected]

Aug. 14-21

The seventh annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas will run Aug. 14-21 at the Magnolia Theatre, 3699 McKinney Ave. in Dallas. Call 214-938-1042 or visit

Aug. 16

The 32nd Anand Bazaar, sponsored by the India Association of North Texas, will be from 5:30 p.m. to midnight Aug. 16 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. The event includes vendors, games, a parade, fireworks, entertainment and food. Visit To be a sponsor, call 972-618-2331 or 972-234-4268.

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