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Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies' Announcement for 2014
The Marie Wanek Annual Multimedia Contest

The Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (MAR/AAS) announces its multimedia contest examining or depicting a topic related to Asia created by high school students in the Mid-Atlantic region. MAR/AAS is a professional organization for scholars from many fields who specialize in the study of Asia. For the 2014 multimedia contest, the first place prize recipients, parents, and their teachers are invited to attend the annual conference panels and to be recognized during the conference luncheon meeting at Hofstra University in September 2014. $300 is awarded for the best multimedia production and $100 is awarded the teacher under whose guidance the digital media production is prepared. Go to our website www.MARAAS.org to view the 2013 winning multimedia presentation, “The Author of a New China,” by Isabella Cai, Megan Wilson, and Sophia Cai, under Dr. John Flower of Sidwell Friends School. To receive updates about MARAAS, join our Facebook group ‘MARAAS Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies.’

  • Topic: Students may examine specific topics or general themes from economics, government, history, film and television, literature, music, visual and performing arts related to any of the cultures or nations of Asia (Middle Eastern region shall not be considered).
  • Media Format: Students are invited to creatively communicate their understanding of the topic or theme by creating a video or slideshow segment with narration. Production should be created on the basis of research and include a salutation slide at the end to provide recognition to sources used.  Videos may be provided in the relevant Asian language, but must include English subtitles.  Any Asian language on slides must provide an accompanying English translation. An opening slide must also provide the topic, name(s) of producers, teacher(s), school and contact information.
  • Eligibility: Any high school students (public, private, or home school) may apply. Up to three students may work together on a single entry and the award is to be split evenly among team members.
  • Time length: 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Standards: Each entry must contain material suitable for a family audience and may not contain material online viewers might find objectionable.
  • Copyright: Each entry must adhere to fair use guidelines.
  • Originality: Each entry must be the student’s own work.
  • Entries are to be submitted between May 1 and June 30, 2014.

Questions: Questions may be directed to nsohail09@gmail.com

Criteria for Judging: Entries are judged on adherence to theme, originality, storyline, and technical merit (timing, spacing, aesthetics, etc.). Winning entries are to be uploaded on the MARAAS website: www.MARAAS.org .

The MAR/AAS Multimedia Contest is supported by income from a fund established in the memory of Marie G. Wanek, a scholar and teacher dedicated to Asian Studies, and a former president of MAR/AAS.