Obama, Kobe Bryant and China: Only a few of the topics that will be discussed at UTSA held Symposium

East Asia specialist Antonio Reyes gives talk on the popularity of President Obama, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan in the Chinese media and how they are perceived by the Chinese youth at the upcoming African American Studies Symposium at UTSA.

Online PR News – 13-April-2010 – – University of Texas, San Antonio’s (UTSA) Department of English will host its 3rd annual African American Studies Symposium on April 16th from 8 am—5 pm. This year’s topic is ‘Politics and Black Pop Culture.’ Among the scholars attending this year’s event is East Asia specialist Antonio Reyes, who will discuss President Obama and other Black celebrities in the Chinese media and their effect on Chinese perceptions of African Americans.

UTSA Department of English has sponsored the African American Studies Symposium since 2008. The last two symposiums’ themes were ‘The Obama Presidency: The Last 100 Years, The First 100 Days’ and “the role of African-Americans in higher education, the business community as well as arts and literature.” In recent years, over twenty speakers have participated in the event.

Mr. Reyes, co-founder and international business development manager at Socialswell, an international social media agency, has spent nearly a decade researching Chinese business and culture. At this year’s symposium, Mr. Reyes will discuss the popularity of Obama, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Jordan in the Chinese media and how they are perceived by the Chinese youth.
The African American Studies Symposium is free and open to the public.

For more information and registration contact Dr. Sonja Lanehart at sonja.lanehart@utsa.edu for more details. Antonio Reyes can be contacted at antonioreyes09@gmail.com.