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April 29, 2002
DH-02-TK-036
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

California State University, Dominguez Hills
Begins Weeklong Celebration of Cinco de Mayo

Carson, CA - California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) celebrates the beginning of a week of activities to recognize Cinco de Mayo today, April 29, with a viewing of "Chicana/Chicano Cinema" and ending on Monday, May 5, with the first CSUDH Cinco de Mayo Soccer Tournament. This celebration is being held in honor of the rich diversity at CSUDH and the large role that Chicana/o students contribute to the University's rich cultural life.

"When the French first invaded Mexico in 1862, their militia was soundly defeated at Puebla on May 5," said Jose Lopez-Morin, professor of Chicana/Chicano Studies. This date has since taken on special meaning and annually celebrated by Chicana/o peoples. "These folkloric festivities soon began to spread throughout the American Southwest or Greater Mexico and developed into a declaration of Mexican-American identity and culture in the United States-a cultural affirmation and celebration that does not recognize the imaginary line that divides Mexicans from Mexican-Americans, " Lopez-Morin said.

Sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Cinco de Mayo Organizing Committee, this year's celebration promises to be a true festival of arts from plays to jazz music and is punctuated by a Chicano Impromptu Hour with Teatro Dominguez. The annual Honor Awards Banquet is slated for Friday, May 3, to pay tribute to Chicano/Latino students who have distinguished themselves through outstanding academic achievement.

The public is encouraged to come and participate in this special week of fun and free activities. A full calendar of the week's events is attached for your reference.

California State University, Dominguez Hills, takes pride in offering a 'World of Opportunity' to everyone who desires a quality higher education. Please visit the university website at www.csudh.edu for information on campus curriculum and activities.

Please join us in celebrating "Cinco de Mayo" week at California State University, Domínguez Hills.

Monday, April 29, 2002:
"Chicana/o Cinema"
LaCorte Hall A103; 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 30, 2002:
"Carne Asada Giveaway"
ERC Forum; 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
and
"Chicano Impromptu Hour with Teatro Domínguez"
Student Union, Grand Hall; 6 - 8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1, 2002:
"Marcos Loya's Jazz Ensemble and Folk Trío"
Student Union, Grand Hall; 6 - 9 p.m.

Thursday, May 2, 2002:
"Mariachi y Baile Folklórico"
Grand Hall 1,2, 3 & North Patio; 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, May 3, 2002:
"Chicano/Latino Honor Awards Banquet"
Crystal Park Hotel & Casino; 6:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, 2002:
"First Annual Cinco de Mayo Soccer Tournament"
CSUDH Soccer Field; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public!! Sponsored by the Multicultural Center and Cinco de Mayo Organizing Committee. For more information, contact Dr. José R. López-Morín at (310) 243-3949.

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