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Spring 2014 Lectures


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The Chinese in the United States: Their Early Cookbooks and Restaurants
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 1 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre

Cookbooks are a treasured source of cultural information, history, social relationships, and recipes. Acclaimed and award-winning food historian, scholar, and registered dietitian Dr. Jacqueline Newman discussed the very first Chinese sojourners to the United States and shared fascinating tales of their early years on American soil. Dr. Newman also highlighted the first Chinese cookbooks published in the U.S., expounded upon what and why Americans love Chinese cuisine, and advised as to where to find it locally.

A food tasting followed her presentation, featuring recipes from the Jacqueline M. Newman Chinese Cookbook Collection, part of Stony Brook University Libraries' Special Collections. Compromised of more than 4,000 rare and scarce English-language cookbooks and unique research materials, it is the world's largest collection of its type. Copies of the recipes provided to guests. Co-sponsored by Special Collections of the University Libraries, The Confucius institute and the Charles B. Wang Center.









Yellow Claw Comic Cover

Marvels & Monsters: A Symposium on Asian Images in Comics and Graphic Narratives
April 23, 2014, 9:00 AM- 5:30 PM, Wang Center Lecture Hall 1

This one-day event included a tour of the accompanying exhibit by curator Jeff Yang, keynote speaker, talked by Asian American comics artists, and a panel of presentations by Stony Brook faculty and PhD students on graphic images of Asians in a variety of cultural forms (manga, film, video, social media).

For program note, please click here 

The symposium was sponsored by University Libraries and made possible by the generous support of the Presidential Mini-Grant for Diversity Initiatives, Dean of College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Korean Studies, Cultural Analysis & Theory Department, Confucius Institute, Asian American Center, and the Charles B. Wang Center.







Maps of East Asia in the Early Nineteenth Century
March 24, 2014 By Dr. Richard A. Pegg
map detail
Maps are the manifestation of an intellectual construct of physical and metaphysical environments. They are rich cultural objects presenting and transmitting information about time and place of production. This lecture provided some of the particular practices and relationships between  text and image in East Asian map making that are unique in world cartography. The talk presented, through comparison, certain similarities and distinctive differences in the representations of space, both real and imagined, in early modern cartographic traditions of China, Korea and  Japan.
Dr. Richard A. Pegg is currently Director and Curator of Asian Art for the MacLean Collection. His upcoming book is entitled Cartographic  Traditions in East Asian Maps.
Detail: Daqing wannian yitong dili quantu (Complete Geographical Map of the Everlasting Unified Qing Empire)
China, Qing dynasty, Jiaqing period (1796–1820), ca. 1811
Eight-panel folding screen, woodblock-printed blue ink on paper, 112 x 249 cm
MacLean Collection
Photo: James Prinz
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