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(Jan. 25, 2011)--The UTSA Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies and the UTSA East Asia Institute will present author Cathy Bao Bean speaking on "Living and Laughing by the Chopsticks-Fork Principle" at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 31 in Humanities and Social Sciences Building Room 2.01.30 on the UTSA Main Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Bao Bean uses humor to shatter stereotypes and encourage people to understand how everyone is at least bicultural by ethnicity or gender.

The presentation will include personal stories about ordinary events that raise extraordinary cultural questions. Bao Bean will discuss how people can fail or succeed simultaneously in two cultures and the difference it makes to the brain whether English or Chinese is or is not one's first language.

Bao Bean is author of "The Chopsticks-Fork Principle," a memoir and manual, and co-authored "The Chopsticks-Fork Principle X 2," which is used as a bilingual reader for English-as-a-Second-Language students and for learners of Chinese as a first language.

Her academic achievements include a career as a philosophy teacher, president of the Society for Values in Higher Education, adviser to the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, member of the board of advisers of the Clarement Graduate University School of the Arts and Humanities, and founding member of the Ridge and Valley Conservancy.

For more information, contact the UTSA Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at 210-458-4426 or the UTSA East Asia Institute at 210-458-4943.


The UTSA Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies offers a range of degree programs and is a leader in preparing researchers, educators and community leaders. It is home to an undergraduate program in Mexican-American studies and graduate programs in bilingual education, bicultural studies and teaching English as a second language. The department's nationally recognized doctoral degree program in culture, literacy and language prepares researchers in the areas of Mexican-American and Latin cultures, bilingual literacy and education, and applied linguistics.

The UTSA East Asia Institute promotes appreciation and understanding of East Asian societies and cultures on campus and in the community through research, outreach, networking, education, student-faculty exchange, and business development and cooperation. The institute organizes seminars, workshops, lectures, conferences, film festivals and visual arts exhibitions as well as hosts performing art groups from China, Japan, Korea and other Asian nations. The institute encourages faculty research collaborations within UTSA and with participating East Asian university researchers.



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