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Rectangular Mango Vitrine with likeness of Mao and standard inscription, 1968-1969 The Grace Lee Project (2005, 68 min)  

Followed by a discussion with the director, Grace Lee, Stacey Scarpone, and Prof. Eng Kiong Tan
Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre  
Free admission!

6:00-7:00 PM Film Screening
7:00-8:00 PM Panel Discussion Moderated by Prof. Eng Kiong Tan
(Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and
Cultural Studies )


There are millions of Asian Americans in the United States, and a surprisingly large number of them are named Grace Lee. In the film screening, Director Grace Lee combines quirky humor with serious discussion of how the widespread use of names like “Grace Lee” often warps popular perceptions of Asian American women in the United States.

The discussion on Asian American identity, stereotypes and women in film will be led by the Director Grace Lee, Stacey Scarpone, Executive Director of Women's Fund of Long Island and Professor Eng Kiong Tan, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University. 

Co-organized with Women's Fund of Long Island.

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About the Director

Grace Lee is a Los Angeles based filmmaker of both fiction and documentary films. She is currently producing and directing an episode for the PBS MAKERS series on Women and Politics to air in the Fall of 2014. Her recent feature film about the 2012 Presidential campaign, Janeane from Des Moines, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to that, she wrote and directed American Zombie, which premiered at Slamdance and SXSW before being released by Cinema Libre. Grace Lee received her MFA in Directing from UCLA.




Rectangular Mango Vitrine with likeness of Mao and standard inscription, 1968-1969Image: Red Guard Propaganda Team

Director's Talk with Excerpts from Morning Sun (2003) 
Presented by the Director Dr. Carma Hinton
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre   
Free admission!

5:00-6:30 PM          Film Screening and the Director's Talk
6:30-7:00 PM         Q/A Moderated by Prof. Peg Christoff 

The film Morning Sun offers a psychological history of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (c.1964-1976), with focus on members of the generation that came of age in the 1960s. A film about the cultures and convictions, Morning Sun also addresses the historical events that created the language, style and content of the period — the films and plays, the music and ideas, the rhetoric and ideologies, the education and the aspirations, the frustrations and fantasies, as well as the realities and ardor. Not to be missed, "Morning Sun" offers a fascinating perspective on a revolution that attempted to remake revolution itself.

Director and guest speaker Carma Hinton was born in Beijing and lived there until she was twenty-one. Chinese is her first language and culture. Together with Richard Gordon, Hinton has directed thirteen documentary films about China, including The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Small Happiness, First Moon, All Under Heaven, Abode of Illusion, and Morning Sun. A scholar as well as a filmmaker, Hinton has a Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard University, and currently teaches at George Mason University.

Raised first in Charlottesville, Virginia and then in a rural community near St. Paul, Minnesota, Professor Peggy Christoff attended the University of Minnesota as an undergraduate majoring in International Relations and achieving Chinese language certification. She received a dissertation research grant from the Pacific Cultural Foundation (Taiwan) to conduct field research in China; and received a doctorate in International Relations from the American University in Washington, D.C. (1984). After teaching for Boston University’s Graduate Program in International Relations in Europe (1985-1987) and for the University of Cincinnati (1988-1991), she became an independent scholar in Chicago’s Chinatown (1992-1999). Professor Christoff’s interests include pedagogy in Asian and Asian American studies. Special topics are migration and displacement, cultural preservation, social transformation, and the changing roles of women.


EXHIBITION: Mao's Golden Mangoes and Cultural Revolution (On view from September 18, 2014 to January 10, 2015) 

While “Mao’s Golden Mangoes” is on view at Charles B. Wang Center, a simultaneous exhibition of more than 60 artifacts will be on view at The China Institute in America in New York until April 26, 2015.

WORKSHOP: Canning Mao’s Mangoes with Chef Paolo Fontana on October 4 at 1 PM

LECTURE: Sanctification of the Mango: Illustrated Lecture by Dr. Alfreda Murck on November 5 at 4 PM

FILMS: More Films at the China Institute

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