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Evelyn Hu-DeHart to give lecture on Asian migration and settlement throughout the Americas at Augsburg College on April 28

Mar. 26, 1999

Dr. Evelyn Hu-DeHart, professor of history and chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., will give a free public lecture at 7:30 p.m on Wednesday, April 28, at Augsburg College as part of Augsburg College's celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Hu-DeHart's lecture is titled "From Yellow Peril to Model Minority: Asians in the Americas." Her lecture, to be followed by a reception, will be given in the Marshall Room in Christensen Center (located at 720-22nd Ave. South).

In her lecture, Hu-DeHart will cover the stories of Asian migration and settlement throughout the Americas--including Latin America and the Caribbean--starting with Columbus and ending with Fujimori, the son of Japanese immigrants and current president of Peru.

The theme for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (April 7 to May 7 at Augsburg) is "Making Waves: Overcoming Invisiblity by telling our stories, celebrating our achievements, and reflecting our future."

Evelyn Hu-DeHart has taught at the City University of New York system; New York University; Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.; the University of Arizona and University of Michigan; and has lectured at universities and research institutes in Mexico, Peru, Cuba, France, Hongkong, Taiwan, and China.

She is the recipient of numerous research awards, including two Fulbrights to Brazil and Peru. She is also the recipient of a three-year Kellogg National Leadership Award.

Hu-DeHart has published three books on the Yaqui Indians of northern Mexico and Arizona (one in Spanish) and numerous scholarly articles on her current research on the Asian diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean, and has written on the politics of multiculturalism. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese as well as three dialects in her native Chinese, reads French and German, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Taiwan and China. She is published in English, Chinese, Spanish and Zoque Mayan.

She lectures, testifies, consults and conducts workshops on Latin American/Caribbean history, politics and contemporary affairs; race, ethnic and gender relations and issues; multicultural education and the politics of multiculturalism; ethnic studies and curriculum reform; Asian American history and the Asian Diaspora worldwide; refugee and immigration issues; recruitment and retention of students and faculty of color.

During the past five years, she has lectured in over fifty U.S. campuses, educational and cultural institutions, including the Smithsonian, the American Museum of Natural History, the Asia Society (New York City). She has testified before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, participated at teleconferences sponsored by Black Issues in Higher Education, and appeared on the McNeil-Lehrer Newshour among other television and radio programs. She is founder of the Asian/Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute.

PHOTO INFORMATION -- A photo of Evelyn Hu-DeHart can be downloaded from her Web site, or to arrange for a print, call Bao Thao, director of Augsburg's Pan Asian Student Services Program, at (612) 330-1530.