Archive | March 2011

Welcome to Chinatown

In this present economy, a person has to save as much money as possible. They can’t do what they used to before, like go to the movies.

Well, there is an alternative to that and it’s called “A Night in Chinatown,” held every Tuesday and Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Olson Auditorium in Academic Building IV. It began on February 15, 2011 and will end on March 24, 2011.

It is run by the 16 students of Zhejiang Police College, near Shanghai, China, who are studying here at the College of Criminal Justice for the 2010-2011 academic year.

The idea for the movie night came from Qiuming Yui, visiting scholar and advisor to the students. The planning process began in May 2010 while they were preparing to study here. Each student had chosen 16 movies that they liked and then from there, they narrowed it down to 10.

“We want to choose typical movies in China, like documentar(ies) and love stor(ies), but not only kung fu movie,” said Yingyu Le, one of the organizers of the festival. “And since we are criminal justice majors, we even have a movie about the social problems in China. We hope that these 10 movies can show a part of our culture.”

The students from China did a tremendous job of putting this event together, and it is one of the best events that has been done at this university.

For more information about “A Night In Chinatown”, you can contact Shu Cang at (936) 661-6254 or at

Here are a list of the movies that will be shown at “A Night In Chinatown”:

March 3: Beijing Bicycle
March 8: Shower
March 10: Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
March 22: The Equation of Love and Death
March 24: Dream Weaver: Beijing 2008

The Africa You Never Knew

Dr. Samake

When a person hears of Africa, they often perceive poverty, diseases and death. But what many people do not know is that Africa is rising as a prominent player in the world.

Last week, Macki Samake, Ph.D., professor of linguistics at the University of Bamako in Mali, gave a keynote adress about the independence of Mali and how it is progressing towards becoming an emerging power in the world. The presentation was part of a week of seminars in the history department at Sam Houston State University.

He explained how important kings died during the struggle for independence. He also said that women played an important role in the struggle, even though they did not fight in the struggle. But instead, the women’s role was to provide moral support and to cook meals and to replenish the men that fought in the struggle.

“Democracy is important in order to succeed,” Samake said. “Mali has taken that road and will be a great nation.”

The keynote address was presented in room CO90 in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building to an audience of faculty and students.

The presentation was impressive because people learned about a country that is a model for the rest of Africa. Samake showed that with persistence and patience, Mali will be a great nation.