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Peter X. Feng, associate professor of English and women’s studies at the University of Delaware, will speak on "Ready for Action: Asian Americans and Television Genres" on Thursday, April 3, at 4:30 p.m. in Reed’s psychology auditorium. The lecture, sponsored by the Reed American studies committee and the Stillman Drake fund, is free and open to the public. For more information visit or call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755.

While there are many Asian Americans on television in supporting roles, it seems that lead roles only go to Asian Americans who are ready for action, especially in action-adventure programs that call for martial arts expertise. Feng will discuss the factors that contribute to the segregation of Asian Americans in television's action-adventure ghetto.

Peter X. Feng, an expert on Asian Americans and the media, is the author of two recently published books, Screening Asian Americans , a collection of essays on Asian Americans and film (Rutgers University Press, 2002) and Identities in Motion: Asian American Film and Video (Duke University Press, 2002). He was chancellor's distinguished visiting professor of film studies at the University of California, Irvine (1997-98) and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Asian American Studies. Feng has published articles in Cinema Journal, Cineaste, Amerasia Journal, and Jump Cut, among others. Feng, the director of the University of Delaware’s department of ethnic and cultural studies, currently teaches courses in Asian American literature, and film theory and studies. He received his B.A. in American studies from Yale University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in film studies from the University of Iowa.

The Stillman Drake fund for faculty development, formerly the dean's development fund, was endowed in 1997 with a donation from Daniel Drake ’64 in memory of his father. The fund is designed to help faculty members support important projects that the college would have difficulty funding otherwise. The fund allows faculty members in all disciplines to buy materials, attend important conferences, and upgrade technologies, among other needs.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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