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Transfer of Hong Kong to China is topic of next International Edition

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa students from Hong Kong and mainland China will discuss the transfer of Hong Kong from Britain to China on the next International Edition radio show.

The show will air at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 19 on WSUI (AM 910), at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20 on WSUI (AM 910) and again at 5:30 p.m. that evening on KSUI (FM 91.7).

After more than 150 years of British rule, Hong Kong will cease to be a British dependent territory at midnight on June 30. At that time, Hong Kong will become a Special Administrative Region of China with a high degree of autonomy. As a Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong will operate under the Basic Law, a mini-constitution adopted by the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China in 1990.

Karen Chi and Jian Wang will discuss the political, social and personal dimensions of this transfer. Chi is a native of Hong Kong and a doctorate candidate in audiology. Wang is from mainland China and will graduate this spring with a doctorate in mass communications.

Another segment will feature an innovative course being offered through the UI Center for International and Comparative Studies.

Taught by systems analyst Cliff Missen, the "Internetworks in International Development" course focuses on the wide range of international information on the Internet and the ways this new technology is being used in developing countries. Students learn how the Internet is fairing in developing countries and what impact it has had in the political, social and cultural realms of those regions. They conduct research via the Internet and produce course projects digitally, learning to create World Wide Web documents and sites in the process.

Missen will discuss the course, along with UI graduate student Alex Janosek, who is from Malawi and has served as a teaching assistant for the course.

In its seventh year of production, International Edition is coordinated by the UI Office of International Education and Services (OIES). OIES staff members John Rogers and Martin Roper are the show co-hosts, and OIES staffers Lois Gray, Akua Brathwaite and Facundo Montenegro co-produce the show, with the help of WSUI senior producer Julie Englander.

OIES created the show to reflect the inter-cultural mingling of the nearly 100 cultures represented on the UI campus by approximately 2,000 international students and scholars. Programs are designed to educate, entertain and promote cross-cultural understanding among international students and local community members.

OIES provides foreign student advising and educational and study abroad programming and works to increase the cross-cultural understanding and skills of UI students, faculty and community members. More than 400 UI students study abroad each year in programs and exchanges in about 35 countries.

International Edition airs monthly on WSUI and KSUI. For more information,

call Gray or Brathwaite at (319)335-0335.

4/17/97