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Fall 2005 Programs

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August 2
Origami: Paper Comes to Life
Photo: Origami Crane
Join us for a fun-filled day of Origami–the Japanese art of paper folding. From simple paper planes to clever money folds, creative napkin folds for entertaining, cool action animals, delicate decorative pieces, and even jewelry–you will learn and marvel at how a piece of paper can be transformed. Help create a paper city with us. Other special features of this daylong program are Storigami–story telling with origami, an imaginative exhibition presented by our very own Long Island Folders and an origami gift shop brimming with cards, jewelry, and many other beautiful origami creations. Admission is free to all. Co-sponsored by the Long Island Folding Enthusiasts. Download crane origami instructions. Download origami event flier. Download origami festival schedule.
Tuesday, August 2, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

September 2
Bhav Raag Taal: A Spectacular Journey of Indian Dance
Photo: Bhav Raag Taal
Bhav Raag Taal is a unique and exuberant presentation of Indian dance. Endowed with  brilliant prowess, magnetic stage presence, and razor-sharp precision, the magnificent dance pair Nirupama and Rajendra and the Abhinava Dance Ensemble of Bangalore will whisk you off to the mesmerizing world of Kathak and Bharata Natyam fused with contemporary sensibilities. Co-Sponsored with the India Society of Stony Brook. Please call (631) 632-4400 or e-mail us at to reserve your tickets. Reservations highly recommended.
VIP Tickets: $50.00 (reserved seating)
$15.00 for general admission
$10.00 for seniors and students with ID
Friday, September 2, 8:00 p.m., Wang Theater

September 15–22
Meditation Sessions
Coordinated by the Buddhism Studies & Practice Group

The Diamond Sutra: A Zen Perspective
Rev. Genshin Edgar Kann will discuss what it means to use the Zen Buddhist experience to interpret the Sutra and will explore why the Diamond Sutra, with its many paradoxes, is apparently contradictory to Western logic. The limitations of discursive thought and of linguistic convention will also be considered. Event flier download (pdf).
Thursday, September 15, 6:30–8:00 p.m., Lecture Hall 1

Learn to Meditate: Series I
Ven. Chang Wu will offer an introduction to Chan/Zen meditation. Participants will learn about the benefits of postures, and how to prepare, relax, and release stress. Event flier download (pdf).
Thursday, September 22, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Wang Center, Room 301

Everyday Zen
Ven. Issai Chizen Denton Sensei will review the basics of sitting meditation and how to develop a regular practice that will fit within the context of our lives, as well as how to apply the lessons of meditation to our lives "off the cushion"–the real test of any practice. Ven. Issai Chizen Denton Sensei has been studying Buddhism for nearly 40 years. He is a Dharma successor of Ven. Mitsunen Kosho Nordstrom Roshi and a lineage holder in both Soto and Rinzai schools of Zen. Please wear comfortable clothing.
Event flier download (pdf).

Thursday, October 13, 6:30–8:00 p.m., Wang Chapel

October 6 (Postponed: New date to be announced.)
Living At Peace in a World Driven by Fear
Ven. Bikkhu BodhiThe catastrophic events of 9/11 brought perpetual fear and disquietude to the lives of many Americans. Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi will discuss whether the teachings of the Buddha can help us to live peacefully in a world seemingly driven by fear. Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City. A leading scholar and translator of Buddhist texts, he lives and teaches at Bodhi Monastery in Lafayette, New Jersey. Sponsored by Buddhism Studies & Practice Group. Please wear comfortable clothing. Event flier download (pdf).
Thursday, October 6, 6:30–8:00 p.m., Wang Center Lecture Hall 1

October 6 & 7
Gandhi: His Relevance at a Time of Terror
Photo: Mahatma GandhiWars, bombings, torture, collateral damage, the infractions of civil and human rights–these are the pockmarks of our current age of terror. This program examines alternative solutions to these violent and deadly systems of power by turning to the exemplar of non-violence. In commemoration of a great man’s birthday (October 2, 1869), the Wang Center presents an exhibition, two films, and discussion exploring the life of Mohandas Gandhi, the father of the independence struggle of the South Asian subcontinent, as well as the ardent advocate for non-violent solutions to conflict. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, October 6 through Friday, October 7, 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Exhibition of “My Life is My Message”
A historical journey with evocative images of Mahatma Gandhi’s life as he fought for India’s freedom from British rule through civil disobedience.  On loan to the Wang Center by the Gandhi Memorial Center, Maryland.
Thursday, October 6 through Friday, October 7, 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

The Making of the Mahatma
Resistance without violence. Confrontation without enemies. Victory without losers. This film poignantly reveals the early story of Gandhi’s experiments with truth in his sojourn in South Africa where he practiced law, giving us the most humane weapon of liberty. The film dramatically unfolds the transformation of Gandhi, the man, to Gandhi, the Mahatma, the great and enlightened world leader.  (Directed by Shyam Benegal/1996/145 minutes/English)
Thursday, October 6, 3:00 p.m. & Friday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. , Wang Theater

Hai Ram (Oh God!)
This film is a riveting and powerful story of revenge, rage, and reconciliation. Set in pre-independence India, Saket Ram’s beloved wife is murdered by Muslim rioters. In his grief, he is persuaded by the ideology of the Hindu fundamentalist political faction, the RSS, who strategize to assassinate Mahatma Gandhi since they interpret his call for communal harmony as biased for Muslims. Saket Ram is dead-set to carry out his mission, when an unexpected turn of events occurs. (Directed by Kamalhasan/2000/199 minutes/English subtitles)
Thursday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. & Friday, October 7, 3:00 p.m. , Wang Theater

October 11
Minbuza: Japanese Folk Dance and Music
Photo: Minbuza Dance TroupeJapan's spirit, history, and culture are vividly expressed through lively folk dances from various parts of Japan performed by Minbuza, New York's premier Japanese Folk Dance Institute, headed by the accomplished dancer and teacher Momo Suzuki. Captivating melodies and dynamic Taiko drumming are special features of this lush performance.
$10.00 for general admission
$5.00 for seniors and students
Tuesday, October 11, 10:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater

October 18
Japanese Horror Film: Chakushin Ari (One Missed Call)
Photo: Chakushin Ari While at a bar, Yumi’s friend Yoko’s cell phone rings with a call oddly coming from itself. Upon checking the message (dated two days in advance at a specific time), they hear Yoko’s voice followed by a scream and the sounds of her apparent death. Disregarded as a prank call at first, things begin to become serious when the death really occurs at the predicted time, and Yumi and her friends discover that whatever killed her is using her phonebook to choose its next victims. (Directed by Miike Takashi, 2003, 112 min., starring Kou Shibasaki, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Kazue Fukiishi, and Renji Ishibashi.)
Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater

October 19
Photo: Cathy Bao Bean"Act More Like an Immigrant"
Cathy Bao Bean Speaks on Being Asian American

Through vibrant personal stories, Cathy Bao Bean, the zany author of The Chopsticks Fork Principle: A Memoir and Manual, challenges stereotypes, clarifies generalizations, and raises extraordinary cultural questions with wit, wisdom, and warmth. Light refreshments will be served. Booksigning to follow.
Wednesday, October 19, 12:45 p.m., Wang Center, Room 401

November 4

Musical: Our Forest Is Alive, Part III: Our Earth Charter
Photo: forestCommemorating the 60th anniversary of the United Nations, the Classic Live for United Nations Japan presents a musical that highlights the global necessity of protecting our natural environment. Sponsored by ÆON Co., Ltd., the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Environment, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Japan Center at Stony Brook, and the Wang Center. Download flier (pdf). Admission is free.
Friday, November 4, 7:30 p.m., Wang Theater

November 6
A Confluence of Cultures: A Multimedia Experience of the Vijayanagara Empire
HampiThis seminar integrates the art, religion, culture, and history of South India during the Vijayanagara period (1336 A.D. to 1565 A.D).  It explores the seminal importance of Vijayanagara, both at the capital of Hampi in Karnataka, and the neighboring and successor states in Andhra and Tamil Nadu, by examining the art and religion of particular Hindu temple cities and complexes at Vijayanagara, Madurai, and Tirupati. Sponsored by the Center for India Studies in collaboration with the Wang Center and the Department of Asian/American Studies. Please pre-register by calling 632-9742 or e-mail: For more details, visit Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Download flier (pdf).
Sunday, November 6, 1:00–6:00 p.m., Wang Theater

November 10
Learn to Meditate: Series II
Photo: Lotus poseCoordinated by the Buddhism Studies & Practice Group
Ven. Chang Wu will offer an introduction to Chan/Zen meditation. Participants will learn about the benefits of postures, and how to prepare, relax, and release stress. Students will learn how to develop a regular practice that will fit within the context of their lives, as well as how to apply the lessons of meditation to life "off the cushion." Wear comfortable clothing.
Event flier download (pdf).
Thursday, November 10, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Wang Center, Rm 301

November 12
Jashan Festival of Harmony
In the spirit of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights and Eid, the Muslim festival of abundance, we celebrate the rich beauty of  South Asian cultures through dance, song, music, and food. Proceeds will benefit the victims of the recent earthquake in South Asia. Co-produced with the India Focus Group.
Day-long Festivities:  $10.00 general admission. Free for students and children under 12. Download flier (pdf).
Saturday, November 12, 12:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.

Takhliqi: Showcase of Creativity
Songs, colorful folk and popular dances, and lively music performed by talented local artists.
Saturday, November 12, 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Wang Chapel

Sur Taal: Sitar Concert by Gaurav Mazumdar
Gaurav Mazumdar The finest and only Indian to have performed at the Vatican–a rare honor for a musician of the present generation–Gaurav is a disciple of the legendary and world-renowned maestro, Pandit Ravi Shankar. "Mazumdar seduces the ear with the pure tone he draws from his instrument…he tempts us into a spiritual underworld of spun melody and evocative phrasing which is mesmerizing. His artistry is of such a magnitude, it just rivets the attention…a spellbinding occasion"– Tickets: $25.00 general admission. $10.00 for students and children under 12.
Saturday, November 12, 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater

Delicious Desi Buffet Dinner
Come enjoy a wonderful selection of halal and vegetarian choices.
Tickets: $25.00 general admission. $10.00 students & children under 12.
To reserve your tickets, please e-mail or or call 632-4400.
Saturday, November 12, 9:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.

November 13
Film: Singing Behind the Screens (Cantando dietro i paraventi)
Photo: Singing Behind the ScenesIn 1930's China, a young man wanders into a brothel and watches dancers re-enact a legend about a heroic female pirate as narrated by an old sea captain (Bud Spencer). A lake appears where he sees ancient pirate ships firing on a village. When the Emperor offers the pirate, Admiral Ching, a nobleman's title if he will stop pillaging, Ching's backers murder the pirate. In avenging her husband's death, Ching's widow becomes a pirate. The film's exotic music is by acclaimed Chinese classical composer Han Yong. U.S. premiere. Co-sponsored with the Wang Center's Asian/American Programs, the Center for Italian Studies, and the Department of European Languages & Literature. (Director: Ermanno Olmi, in Italian with English subtitles, 2003). Free Admission. For reservations & passes: call 632-7444. For information about other films in the New Italian Cinema Festival, e-mail Gioacchino Balducci or download the film schedule.
Sunday, November 13, 4:00 p.m., Wang Theater

November 1, 9, & 15
Korean Film Series
Photo: A Moment to RememberFilms in this series include the romantic drama A Moment to Remember, written and directed by John H. Lee; Marathon, the feature debut of writer/director Jeong Yun-Cheol; and the action film Shiri directed by Je-Gyu Kang. Details and schedule...
All screenings at the Wang Center Theater. Co-sponsored with the Department of Korean Studies. Admission is free.

November 17

Film: War & Peace (Jang Aur Aman)
War & PeaceFilmed over three tumultuous years in India, Pakistan, Japan, and the U.S. following nuclear tests in the Indian sub-continent, War and Peace is a documentary journey of peace activism in the face of global militarism and war. Initially censored, the film now enjoys wide screening in India and has won the 2005 National Award for Best Documentary. "The film itself is a tour de force, beautifully shot and often darkly funny, and much more riveting than the dry subject matter might suggest." –The Guardian (Anand Patwardhan, 2002,130 min., English)
Thursday, November 17, 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater

November 9–23
Art Healing Space II: Seeing Through Sixty Years
Soup Can ArtSeeing Through Sixty Years represents the united efforts of a community of artists who have come together to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Passed down to us from 1945 is the costly patrimony of still-horrifying images of charred bodies, decimated buildings and despondent victims. Today we bear the continuous production, testing and dissemination of nuclear weaponry, the contamination of Earth's fragile ecology, and the culture of an ever-present fear of Armageddon. Seeing Through Sixty Years seeks a transformation in a new vision graced with sensitivity, consciousness, public dialogue, hope, and possibly, redemption. Curated by Nobuho Nagasawa with participation from SBU’s Art Department.
Event flier download (pdf).

Opening Ceremony, Wednesday, November 9, 3:00 p.m., Skylight Lobby

A Piece of Peace
© 2005. All Rights Reserved.
Objective: As part of
Art Healing Space II: Seeing Through Sixty Years, share your ideas about peace, hope, and love with people across the world by creating a post card with your message. The post cards will be exhibited from November 9 to 23 at the Charles B. Wang Center's skylight and zodiac lobbies. 100 copies of post cards by volunteer artists will be provided in the gallery space so that viewers may send a message of peace to others. Please mail your postcards to:

A Piece of Peace
c/o Sunita S. Mukhi, Ph.D.
Director of Asian and Asian American Programs
Suite 302 Charles B. Wang Center
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4040

Please open this link for further details of this astounding art peace project. Wednesday, Nov. 9 through Wednesday, Nov. 23, Zodiac & Skylight Lobbies

November 2, 9, 16, & 29
Odd Couplings: Film Series on Relationships for Lifestyle Month
Photo: SmileWitness how the most unlikely people overcome their differences and limitations, and discover love and a shared humanity when they come together in unusual relationships. Films include Jeffrey Kramer's Smile; Aparna Sen's award-winning Mr. and Mrs. Iyer; and Manouchehr Mosayeri's Donya/Dunya. Details and schedule...
All screenings at the Wang Theater. Admission is free.

December 1
World AIDS Day
Film: To Live Is Better Than To Die
To Live is Better than to DieA powerful and an unsentimental portrait of the bleak day-to-day existence of an AIDS-stricken family in Wenlou, Central China, where 60% of the villagers are infected with HIV because they made a little extra money selling their blood in the early 90s. The film chronicles how an ordinary Chinese family is devoured by a disease caused by official negligence and then is persecuted by the government in their struggle for help. To Live is Better than to Die will be screened in cinemas all over the world on December 1, World AIDS Day.  (Weijun Chen, 2003, 59 min., Mandarin with English subtitles)
Thursday, December 1, 4:00 p.m., Wang Theater

Film: My Brother Nikhil
My Brother NikhilNikhil Kapoor (Sanjay Suri) is the state swimming champion of Goa and the pride and joy of his parents (Victor Banerjee and Lillette Dubey). Handsome, jovial, and charming, he is the idol of his peers and well loved by his friends. But all this changes on August 8, 1989,  when Nikhil is arrested for being HIV positive. Fallen from grace, he is rejected by his once loving family and ostracized by society, except for his sister Anu (Juhi Chawla), who defies her parents to care and protect her brother, and his lover Nigel de Costa (Purab Kohli) who tenaciously holds on to their bond. The film is preceded by the music video Maati produced by Breakthrough: Building Human Rights Culture, and sung by Shobha Mudgal. (Onir, 2005, 120 min., Hindi with English subtitles)
Thursday, December 1, 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater

ber 20
"Japan and Me": Japan Center Canon Essay Competition
QuillThe aim of the competition is to promote awareness and understanding of Japan in the United States, and to help young Americans broaden their international horizons. Contestants should discuss one or more  aspects of Japan (history, traditional culture, pop culture, art,  philosophy, value, society, family, industry, technology, business,  economics, etc.) in relation to one or more aspects of themselves: their personal experiences, future goals, life history, personal  philosophy, etc. The competition is open to all undergraduate students in any academic areas (college division) and 10th, 11th, and 12th graders (high school division) on Long Island and in New York City. The college category award recipient will receive $2,000, and the three high school category award recipients each will receive $1,500. The deadline for submissions is December 20, 2005. Visit the Japan Center for more entry details or download (pdf) the competition flier.

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