Join The Seattle Globalist, Crosscut, the World Affairs Council and Impact Hub Seattle for The Scenario Thursday Sept. 18th

The Scenario is a global current events game, co-hosted by Crosscut Public Media, the World Affairs Council, Impact Hub Seattle, and the Seattle Globalist, in which issues and situations from around the world are applied as if they’re occurring right here in the Northwest.

Join us Thursday September 18th, when we’ll tackle the challenge of climate refugees in the Pacific Northwest.

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The UW School of Music's Zimarimba celebration honors the legacy of Zimbabwean marimba (pictured above) music at the UW. (Photo by Serge Saint via Flickr)

The UW School of Music’s Zimarimba celebration honors the legacy of Zimbabwean marimba (pictured above) music at the UW. (Photo by Serge Saint via Flickr)

The sounds of Zimbabwe will fill the Brechmin Auditorium on Friday afternoon, as the building plays host to a celebration of the legacy of Zimbabwean marimba music at the UW.

The marimba is a type of xylophone used widely in Central and West African music. Friday’s celebration will feature a pair of hands-on marimba workshops, a panel discussion, and a free concert.

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Artist Victor Gonzalez helped assemble a sand carpet designed by Oaxacan artist Fulgencio Lazo, following the Dia de los Muertos tradition of his region of Mexico. (Photo by Liliana Caracoza)

Artist Victor Gonzalez helped assemble a sand carpet designed by Oaxacan artist Fulgencio Lazo, following the Dia de los Muertos tradition of his region of Mexico. (Photo by Liliana Caracoza, Nov. 2012)

Artists Up is a collaborative effort by three funding agencies to improve and expand outreach and services to “under-represented individual artists,” in Seattle, King County and Washington state, including artists of color, ethnic minorities and artists with disabilities.

Their hope, they say on their website, is that “the needs, perspectives and experiences of these artists will be better understood.”

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Promotional poster for the documentary "Imported From China." (Photo courtesy of Sandbox Films)

Promotional poster for the documentary “Imported From China.” (Photo courtesy of Sandbox Films)

Studying in the United States has essentially become the norm for upper-middle class Chinese students. Chinese students now account for more than a quarter of international students in U.S. universities.

In midst of education budget cuts, universities nationwide are welcoming Chinese students (and their checkbooks: they pay full tuition) with open arms. However, the clash of Chinese students with American collegiate culture has raised concerns regarding intercultural competence on college campuses.

Enter “Imported from China”: a documentary from Michigan State University faculty members that follows several Chinese international students while they confront life in American universities–and ultimately life in America as a whole.

For Seattle, this subject matter is close to home. At the University of Washington, Chinese students make up the majority of the international student population. Thus, it is natural that the documentary will be screened on campus.

FIUTS (The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students) will be screening the documentary at the University of Washington HUB Wednesday Feb. 19th at 6:30pm. The screening is free and open to the public.

Following the screening, Anand Yang, a UW professor of International Studies and History, will be moderating a panel of UW students from China. The students will be discussing their experiences navigating life as Chinese students in America, as part of a growing global trend taking place here in Seattle.