A lecture by HLN news anchor and correspondent Richard Lui will highlight Indiana University's early observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which honors the rich history and presence of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
Other highlights will include the annual Taste of Asia and AsianFest events, being part of a national "house party" and a communitywide children's art contest that brings together the landscape painting traditions of Indiana and China. The theme for the month's activities is "Lighting the Past, Present and Future."
Festivities will begin April 6 with Lui's lecture that evening at 7 p.m. in the IU School of Journalism Auditorium (Room 220) in Ernie Pyle Hall, 940 E. Seventh St. The event is free and open to the public. The journalism school is hosting Lui along with the Asian American Studies Program and the IU Asian Culture Center.
The following day, winners of an essay contest co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Asian American Studies Program and IU Asian Culture Center will be announced at the annual APA Heritage Month opening luncheon in the Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. The event is limited to invited guests.
Lui is a news anchor for HLN, serving as an anchor for the network's late morning programming and as a news correspondent for "Morning Express with Robin Meade." Based in CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta, Lui joined CNN in 2005 as an anchor for CNN.com.
In addition to anchoring weekday programming, his reporting has also taken him to Singapore to research container scanning technology at the world's busiest port and to Indonesia to examine underage sex slavery and the economic effects of the 2002 Bali bombings.
Lui previously worked at Channel NewsAsia, an English-only news network reaching 21 Asian countries and territories. Based in Asia, Lui anchored major breaking news stories including the 2004 tsunami in Banda Aceh and the 2003 SARS outbreak in Hong Kong. He also anchored live election results for Taiwan's 2004 presidential election and "America Decides 2004," the network's U.S. presidential election coverage.
Lui also was a producer and co-host for the network's flagship morning program "Prime Time Morning" and its news magazine "Insight" where he investigated issues such as North Korean nuclear weaponization and bird flu mutation.
He started as a reporter at KALX-FM in Berkeley, Calif. Before joining Channel NewsAsia, Lui spent 15 years in business, most recently serving at Blink Mobile, where he and his co-founders developed a patented process for the launch of the first bank-centric payment routing network.
His business career focused on new venture creation in various management capacities at firms such as Citibank, Mercer Management Consulting and Lazarus Data Recovery. Earlier in his career, he had multi-year stints during the early growth stages of Mrs. Fields Cookies and QED, an international oil spill clean-up equipment manufacturer. He has a bachelor's degree in rhetoric from the University of California-Berkeley and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
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