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Upcoming Events

Far East Deep South

Film Screening & Discussion

Join the University of Kentucky Office of China Initiatives for a film screening and discussion of Far East Deep South, an award-winning documentary feature film that follows the Chiu family on a surprising journey through Mississippi in search of their lost family history.  

Their journey sheds light on the racially complex history of the early Chinese and the important symbiotic relationship that developed between the African American and Chinese American communities in the segregated South. 

Together, the family discovers how exclusionary immigration laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 impacted their family, and they learn just how deep their roots run in America. 

This event is in-person and virtual; please indicate how you are attending when registering so that we can send the link to the film and the post-discussion stream if you are attending online.

China in My Lens

Theme: China In My Daily Life

Each year, the University of Kentucky Office of China Initiatives invites UK students, visiting scholars, and UK faculty & staff to participate in the China in My Lens photography competition.

A review committee selects one first prize, one second prize, and one third prize winner from each group. Individuals submitting pieces to OCI are authorizing OCI and UK to make unlimited, unrestricted use of their photographs for promotional purposes. 

Prizes by division are as follows:

  • Faculty and Staff Group: First Prize: $800; Second Prize: $500; Third Prize: $300
  • UK Student and Visiting Scholars Group: First Prize: $500; Second Prize: $300; Third Prize: $150

For more information or if you have any questions, contact Lashana Harney at

Criteria of Photo Submissions:

  1. Contestants must be a current University of Kentucky undergraduate, graduate student, visiting scholar or faculty and staff. 
  2. Photos must follow this year's theme: "China in My Daily Life." Photos could be anything that resembles a slice of China in your daily life; this could be anything from architecture, art, food, people, or more.
  3. Photos must be original work taken in 2021. Each participant can submit two original photographs.
  4. Submissions must include a title and a short description. All entries must have a photo-pixel count that is no lower than 300 dpi to guarantee professional quality.