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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

April 8, 2008

Panel discussion to highlight life in Asian countries

GREEN BAY-A panel of speakers will talk about life in Asian countries as part of the American Intercultural Center's Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus.

The free event is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, April 14 in the 1965 Room of the University Union, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Free Asian appetizers will be provided. It is one of a number of Asian-themed events sponsored by the American Intercultural Center.

The speakers will include:

Nicole Lemke
Lemke spent six months, between 2002 and 2003, living in Wuxi, China, located between Shanghai and Nanjing. She worked as an English teacher for the English First Language School. Currently, Lemke is the intercultural relations coordinator for the city of Appleton.

Kristin Aoki
Aoki spent three years, from 2000 to 2003, living in Nagano, Japan. She worked as an assistant English teacher for the Japan Exchange Teaching Program. Currently, Aoki is an international student services adviser for the Office of International Education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Chuck Steinbach
Steinbach was a resident of Hong Kong, China, for seven years. He went to the Special Administrative Region with his wife and two middle school-aged children in 1998. He worked for the Hong Kong International School as director of human resources. In his last two years in Hong Kong, Steinbach worked as an English instructor for the Lutheran Theological Seminary, focusing much of his personal work on international students from various Southeast Asian nations. He also lived three years in Japan, from 1975-78, where his love for Asia and cross-cultural relations grew. Currently, Steinbach is a management development/organization consultant who owns his own business, Steinbach Consulting.

Michele Ruhland
From 2002 to 2003, Ruhland spent nine months living in Wuxi, China. She worked as an English teacher for the English First Language School and says the experience provided insight on Chinese language and culture. Currently, Ruhland is a project manager for the Creative Group in Appleton.

Stephanie Kirk
Kirk recently came back from Beijing as a university exchange student through the Associated Colleges of China administered by Hamilton College in New York. There, she completed the fourth level of Chinese, which included a course on ancient Chinese. In July 2004, she taught English at Xi'an Jiatong University in Shang Xi, China. Her first experience in Asia was in 2002-03 as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student living in Thailand's Chonburi Province. By the end of her exchange she attained fluent speaking and elementary writing skills in Thai. Kirk is a senior at Lawrence University majoring in Chinese Language and Literature with a minor in Government. She has been selected for an internship with the State Department at the United States Embassy in Beijing this summer.

For more information, contact Mai Lo in the American Intercultural Center at (920) 465-2720.

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