Murray, KY – Observing the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit, WKMS airs a special Front Page -- Chinese Culture In and Around Murray Friday, February 11 at noon, and again Sunday February 13 at 9:00 a.m.
Meet Chinese residents and visitors - many who come from big cities - now settling in our rural region. Learn how these new neighbors view our cuisine, dating styles, internet freedoms and religious values.
In one segment, Murray State Chinese language instructor Frank Geng recounts his life-long experience with table tennis, and explains how the spirit of competition is ingrained in the Chinese culture from a young age.
Another segment looks at the role of traditional Chinese cuisine in family culture. There are over 43 thousand Chinese restaurants in the United States, but the majority of these restaurants have been "Americanized," and are not good representations of authentic Chinese dining.
The special Front Page also examines how the growing number of residents and visitors from China in our region may in part stem from Murray State's faculty, student and community exchanges.
MSU president Dr. Randy Dunn talks about the growth of the University's Chinese student population, recruitment efforts and the building of relationships, both institutional and personal.
Another vignette of the feature deals with how the 15-day celebration of Chinese New Year starkly contrasts with iconic American images of the New Year. Chinese Murray residents have adjusted their celebrations somewhat, but still manage to preserve some homeland traditions.
China's Christian faith isn't nearly as prominent as in the Bible Belt. Hear the story of one Chinese student who has found faith in Murray and helps us understand cultural differences surrounding faith in her home country.
Chinese Culture In and Around Murray is a production of WKMS News, which includes Murray State graduate and undergraduate students interning with professional staff -- News Director Chad Lampe and local Morning Edition host/producer Todd Hatton
WKMS-FM is the University's listener supported public radio service reaching listeners in western Kentucky, southernmost Illinois and northwest Tennessee with a 100,000 watt signal originating from a transmitter in Land Between the Lakes.
See more about all WKMS programming, at www.wkms.org. Murray State's public radio service includes 91.3 WKMS, Murray; WKMS HD-1 and All-Classical HD-2; 90.9 WKMD, Madisonville; 89.5 WKMT, Fulton; 99.5 Paris, TN; and All-Classical 92.5 Paducah and 101.5 Madisonville. The station streams both WKMS HD-1 and HD-2 at www.wkms.org.