Spring 2004 Programs
Cross Fertilizations: Long Island String Quartet in Concert
The refreshing repertoire includes imaginative compositions by Asian artists Tan Dun and Franges Ali-Zadeh, as well as Western composers Alan Hovaness and Marga Richter, inspired by the poetry of Buddhist monk Ryokwan. Music from India and China rounds out the program. Performing with guest artist William George (countertenor), the Quartet comprises Rose-Marie Johnson and Judith Spokes (violin), Elizabeth Nilsen (viola), and Amy Cumus (cello).
Sunday, March 21, 3:00 p.m., Charles B. Wang Center Theatre. $10 general admission; students admitted free.
Film: The Way Home
Documentary featuring the voices of 64 women who come together to talk about race, gender, and class in the U.S. Cross-cultural audience discussion will follow, facilitated by members of each of the 15 sororities on campus and diversity facilitors. Cosponsored by AURA-[AA]2, IFSC (Inter Fraternity Sorority Council), aKDP, ESP, KPL, and SBU AA E-Zine. Funded by [AA]2 with a grant from the Long Island Fund for Women and Girls (LIFWG).
Thursday, March 25, 7:00 p.m., Wang Center Room 401. Free to all.
San Jose Taiko In Concert
San Jose Taiko mesmerizes with the spellbinding and propulsive sounds of the Taiko drums by joining traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with the beat of African, Balinese, Brazilian, Latin, and jazz percussion. Founded in 1973 by young Asian Americans searching for an artistic and musical outlet to convey their unique experiences as third generation Japanese Americans, San Jose Taiko offers a dynamic, contemporary take on Asian tradition.
Sunday, March 28, 3:00 p.m., Charles B. Wang Center Theatre. $10 general admission; students admitted free.
Film: Karvaan (Shadows in the Dark)
When a Pakistani couple arrives in Delhi, carrying repressed memories of violence committed and endured, they must share lodging with a proud Muslim who has opted to stay on in India and has lost a son to the carnage. Pankaj Butaila's film presents a poignant look at the loss of community and identity that followed the partition of Pakistan and India. With Kitu Gidwani and Naseruddin Shah. Followed by discussion with the with director. Co-Sponsored with SBU Film Society, Third World Matters.
Tuesday, March 30, 7:00 p.m., Wang Center Theatre, $5 general admission; students admitted free.
Film: Farmingville (special Long Island screening)
The brutal attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers catapult a small Long Island town into national headlines, unmasking a new frontline in the border wars: suburbia. A shocking and revealing documentary, Farmingville received a Special Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded Best Documentary at San Antonio’s CineFestival. Co-sponsored by School of Social Welfare, Office of Alumni Relations in the HSC, Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action, Union Universitaria Latinoamericana, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center, Hispanic Languages and Literature Department, and Long Island Museum of Art, History, and Carriages.
Tuesday, April 13, 2:30 p.m. (first screening with panel discussion), 7:00 p.m. (second screening), Wang Center Theatre. Seating is limited; free admission to all on a first come, first served basis.
The critically-praised documentary on neo-colonialism in Jamaica (Stephanie Black/2001/86 min.) features a vibrant reggae soundtrack by Ziggy Marley and narration written by novelist Jamaica Kincaid. Followed by a discussion on how the World Bank and International Monetary Fund policies have affected Jamaica and its people. Part of the Global Issues Forum, sponsored by the Sociology Department.
Tuesday, April 13, 4:00 p.m., Wang Center Lecture Hall 1. Free to all.
Daughters of the Motherland Speak: Gender, Sexuality and Ethnicity Conference
Cross-cultural presentations on the ways in which young women adapt and negotiate issues and concerns of gender and sexuality in the United States. Includes a panel discussion by SB students. Special feature is the launch of the new book Desilicious: Sexy, Subversive, South Asian (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2003). Details and schedule ...
Wednesday, April 14, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Free to all.
Film: Tribute and Remembrance: Asian Americans After 9/11
Commissioned by the Asian American Federation of New York, this documentary (Renata Huang/69 min./2003), narrated by David Henry Hwang, examines the multitude of ways the September 11 tragedy impacted the Asian American community —from economic devastation to INS detentions to loss of loved ones. Cao K. O, executive director of the Asian American Federation of New York, is the guest speaker. Made possible through a generous donation from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Thursday, April 15, 7:00 p.m., Wang Center Theatre. Free to all.
April 16, 17 & 18
Stony Brook Digital Video Festival
The first annual Stony Brook Digital Video Festival offers a unique opportunity for up-and-coming filmmakers to have their work recognized and to contribute a fresh artistic perspective to the New York area. Three evenings of short and feature-length videos, followed by a reception each night, plus an awards ceremony on the third night. Schedule information....
Tuesday, April 16; Wednesday, April 17 & Thursday, April 18, 6:00 - 11:00 p.m., Wang Center Theatre. Admission: Students admitted free; $5 per day, $12 festival pass for the general public. Reception to follow each night at the University Cafe.
Growing Up Asian American in the 21st Century
A panel of students and faculty share their experiences of growing up as an Asian American, exploring the clash of traditional Asian values with more liberal American culture. Co-sponsored by Asian and Asian American Studies Department and Asian American Staff And Faculty Association.
Monday, April 19, 4:30 pm, Wang Lecture Hall 1. Free to all.
18 Mighty Mountain Warriors
Funny, brazen, and edgy, this razor-sharp comedy sketch group from San Francisco tackles the madness and delights of being Asian American. The Warriors perform in the tradition of Monty Python, Culture Clash, SNL, and Kids in the Hall. Their irreverent style of skit comedy ranges from slapstick to political and takes no prisoners. Followed by by a talk on the use of humor in activism.
Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 p.m., Wang Center Theatre. Free to students; $10.00 general admission.
Eating Chinese, Dreaming American: The Culture of Chinese Cuisine in America
Potstickers. Chow Mein. Chop Suey. What do they mean to Americans? Chinese cuisine scholar Jacqueline Newman, historian Jack Tchen, and SB’s own William Arens enlighten us on the significance of producing, cooking, and creating a taste for Chinese cuisine in the history of the Chinese in America, as well as in contemporary American society.
Chinese food tasting to follow, using recipes from the Jacqueline Newman Cookbook Collection in Special Collections. Co-sponsored by the Special Collections Department of the University Libraries.
Wednesday, April 21, 12:45 p.m. Free to all.
April 22, 23, 24
Chick Flick Fest: The Second Annual Asian American Film Series
Featuring the films of pioneering Asian American screen siren Anna May Wong, once all but forgotten but now in the midst of an enthusiastic rediscovery (no less than three bios of the bewitching 30s icon have seen print this year). Also, indie chick flicks Chutney Popcorn, The Red Thread, performances, and more. Details and schedule ...
Thursday, April 22; Friday, April 23; Saturday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m., Wang Center Theatre.
Peter Kingsley: Philosophy as a Sacred Traditon
Talk introducing the extraordinary spiritual tradition, drawing from shamanistic practices originating in Central Asia, India, and Tibet,
that lies forgotten at the origins of our Western world, and explore its crucial significance for us today. Peter Kingsley is an honorary professor both at the University of New Mexico and at Simon Fraser University in Canada, and is the author of three widely successful books, Ancient Philosophy, Mystery, and Magic (1995), In the Dark Places of Wisdom (1999), and Reality (2003). He is visiting Stony Brook as senior fellow in religion and philosophy in the Center for Religious Studies, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, which is sponsoring this lecture.
Thursday, April 22, 7:00 p.m., Wang Center Lecture Hall 1. Free admission.
Conference: Young Asian American Women Speak Out!
All-day conference for high school and college students, featuring workshops and info sessions on partner violence protection, safe sex and sex choices,
leadership skills, depression and suicide, college life (for high school students), and career choices (with alumni professionals for college students). Meet representatives from LI/metro NY service organizations. Buffet dinner with special guest speaker followed by an evening of entertainment. Co-sponsored by Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library, AURA-[AA]2, aKDP, ESP, KPL & SBU AA E-Zine. Funded by [AA]2 with a grant from the Long Island Fund for Women and Girls, Melville Memorial Library.
Saturday, April 24. Advance registration strongly suggested: www.aasquared.org/AURA
Hai-Tien Chorus in Concert
Award-winning mixed-voice Chinese championship chorus with the longest and most distinguished history in New York. Incorporating hai (oceans) and tien (heavens) into its name, the group brings familiar music (hsiang yin) to the overseas Chinese as well as to broader audiences. A lively repertoire of Chinese traditional songs will be performed. Download program (pdf format).
Sunday, April 25, 3:00 p.m., Wang Center Theatre. Students free; $10 general admission.
Fay Chiang: Poet, Activist, Asian American
A mover and shaker of Asian American arts activism shares her poems and experiences of resistance and hope. Chiang is founder and former director of the Basement Workshop and a pioneer of Asian Studies in New York. Co-sponsored by Asian American Faculty and Staff Association, Frank Melville, Jr. Memorial Library, Social Justice Alliance, Taiwanese Student Association. Funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The Friends of Poets & Writers and from Dialogues Across Differences.
Tuesday, April 27, 12:45 p.m., Lecture Hall 1.
Globalization and Jobs: Friends or
What are the connections between US support for international trade agreements and the “offshoring” of highly skilled jobs to countries like India? How will the increasing globalization of the US economy affect job prospects for SUNY graduates? Part of the Global Issues Forum sponsored by the Sociology Department.
Tuesday, April 27, 4:00 pm, Lecture Hall 1
Symposium: Race, Representation, and Reality
The Fourth Annual “With Liberty and Justice for All…” symposium, dealing with Asian American contributions to struggles for social justice, features activist artist Tomie Arai, performance artist Coco Fusco, Program Coordinator for Asian American studies at the University of San Francisco David Kim, and internationally renowned race scholar and activist Angela Davis. Sponsored by the Asian American Center Bridge with the collaboration of the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action, the President’s Rotating Stars Program in Philosophy, the Dialogues Across Differences Program, Asian American Faculty and Staff Association, Black Faculty and Staff Association, UUL, the Asian American Journal, the Social Justice Alliance, Musician for Peace, Women’s Studies Program, Organization of Chinese Americans of Long Island, Uncle Wally’s and WLIW21.
Thursday, April 29, 6:30 p.m., Student Activity Center Ballroom A
Pan-Asian Youth Day
Stories, performances, and workshops by Stony Brook students provide a rich experience of the cultures of Asia and Asian America to middle and elementary school children. Co-sponsored by the Persian Cultural Association, Asian American Journal, and the Asian American Center Bridge.
Friday, April 30, 11:30 a.m., Wang Center Theatre.
Film: Lajja (Shame)
"Why do you men go to a temple and pray to Durga, Kali and Saraswati—yet when you go home you treat your Durga’s, Kali’s and Saraswati’s so maliciously?” From the cosmopolitan city of New York to a remote village in India, these inspired vignettes portray how a wealthy wife, an independent woman, a dutiful daughter, and a courageous villager live their lives with fierce dignity, despite cultural misogyny. With Manisha Koirala, Jackie Shroff, and Rekha. "Sensuous, exhilarating ... powerful."—Planet Bollywood
(Raj Kumar Santosh/2001/202 min./Hindi with English subtitles)
Tuesday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.
Asia and America: Emerging Opportunities
What does the phenomenal economic expansion of Asia mean to people in the United States? What can Asia offer the adventurous entrepreneur, the soul-searching individual, the curious traveler? What are the career and business opportunities that China, Japan, Korea, and India offer to students of Stony Brook University, and to the Long Island communities? Officials from the New York diplomatic communities of China, Japan, Korea, and India present the cultural and economic potential and possibilities of these powerful countries. The presentations, moderated by Yacov Shamash, SBU”s Vice President of Economic Development will be followed by an Open forum and a reception. Sponsored by The Charles B. Wang Center, Department of Asian American Studies, Japan Center at Stony Brook University, Center for India Studies, Korea Studies Program, and China Studies Program. Details ...
Thursday, May 6, 1:30 p.m., Wang Center Theatre. Free to all.
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