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May 17, 2002

Media Conference for "Asian Hero"

Wong How Man Wong How Man, an explorer who has drawn international acclaim for his work in conservation and preservation, and who has been hailed as an "Asian Hero," is the Distinguished Alumnus for 2002 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

He is the president of the China Exploration and Research Society and a former photojournalist and expedition leader with the National Geographic Society. He is a graduate in journalism and art.

Wong will be on campus from May 22-26 for an extended visit and a series of presentations. He will be recognized by UW-RF at its Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 25.

He will be available to the media at 3 p.m. on Wednesday , May 22, in Gallery 101 of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building.

The backdrop for the availability will be an exhibit of his photography and other publications from his many expeditions to the most remote parts of China and Tibet. The exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 21-24.

Wong also will make a public presentation, "Exploration and Conservation in Remote China." A multimedia presentation of Wong's three decades of exploration in China and Tibet. It is at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24, in the Abbott Concert Hall of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building.

Among just a few of his accomplishments are:

•In April, the people of Asia, in a poll conducted by TIMEasia.com, voted Wong as an "Asian Hero" (a title he shares with movie star Jackie Chan.).

•He is credited with finding the true source of the Yangtze River. That discovery and his other expeditions have earned him 17 international awards.

•Through CERS, he oversees a dozen conservation and preservation projects in remote China.

•His exploration activities have been publicized internationally through ABC, CBS, the BBC, Discovery Channel and the National Geographic Channel.

•He lectures widely throughout the Pacific Rim, and he is an adjunct faculty member to universities and an adviser to government agencies in the People's Republic of China.

For any questions about Wong How Man, please contact Mark Kinders at 800-228-5451 or Bill Rost at 715/425-3505.

A sample of Wong's photography can be found on-line at www.uwrf.edu/asian_hero.

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