International Education Week unearths cultural awareness

SF State will host the world’s largest International Education Week Nov. 13 through 16, according to the Office of International Programs.

“We have no money, everything that we do is donated from other departments (involved in the project),” Jay Ward, director of International Education Week, said. “It’s a volunteer effort from start to end.”

Programs like the Culture Fest, which takes place from noon to 2 p.m. on Nov. 13 in Malcom X Plaza, are products of volunteer efforts. This year, the OIP is highlighting Turkish culture and also coordinating alongside the Persian Studies department for events throughout the week.

Wen-Chao Li, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, will screen “Warriors of the Rainbow” at 4:10 p.m. on Nov. 14 in Humanities 279. The Taiwanese film chronicles the fight between indigenous forest clans and invading colonizers.

While the movie has received mixed reviews from critics, Li is curious about the reactions students will have.

“It is one of the more controversial films that have come out of East Asia in the past few years. It is on the one hand treating an issue that is Pan-Asiatic, and also it touches upon issues of colonialism, social justice and protection of the natural environment that are close to the values of SFSU,” Li said.

Students will be treated to a contemporary American jazz concert at Knuth Hall from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Creative Arts Building. Andrew Speight, a lecturer who has been teaching at the University for the past 12 years, believes jazz truly is world music.

“We have students from Japan, Korea and even some Hispanic students — a real cross section of students, representative of the school population,” Speight said.

At least six different groups will be playing that night. Speight said the students will be ready to perform original compositions that evening.

“Jazz combos are one of those independent styles of the music school. It’s kind of a democratic approach when they get into rehearsal,” Speight said.

Clark Trevor, an immigration lawyer, will hold a H-1B Visa/U.S. Permanent Residency workshop from 10 a.m. to noon in Rosa Parks Conference Rooms A-C inside the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Trevor will be discussing employment based visa options for international students.

“They will talk about permanent residency in the U.S., as well as address the myths and realities of how it works and how to get their green card,” Ward said.