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Employees from Asia-Pacific Region Share Stories

Four UAMS employees originally from Asia or the Pacific Islands region of the world shared stories of their native culture and journey to Arkansas in May.
“We Tell Our Stories: Part II” built on the success of a similar event last year, was hosted by the UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs and the Chancellor’s Diversity Committee. The event celebrated national Asian American-Pacific Islander Heritage Month, observed each May.
The panel included:

  • Ara Kim of South Korea, a graduate student in the biochemistry and microbiology program.
  • Nalin Payakachat, Ph.D., of Thailand, an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice of the College of Pharmacy
  • Larry J. Suva, Ph.D., of Australia, a professor of orthopaedics and director of the Center for Orthopaedic Research in the College of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Yicong Li, of China, a graduate assistant in the Department of Biochemistry

The presentations touched on the history and culture of the employees’ and student’s native countries. There was talk of favorite foods, international figures such as South Korea’s Ban Ki-moon (now serving as secretary-general of the United Nations) and cultural exports such as Australia’s “Crocodile Dundee.”