Spring 2005 Programs
Beijing Modern Dance Company Master Class
Thirty people with basic dance training will have an opportunity to learn from Willy Tsao, Artistic Director of the Beijing Modern Dance Company. The class will focus on Mr. Tsao's unique technique based on the Chinese concept of "Qi." The event is free but advance registration is required. Call (631) 632-4400 or register by e-mail.
Thursday, February 3, 4:30–6:00 p.m., Wang Theater
A Conversation with Willy Tsao
Since its inauguration in 1995, the Beijing Modern Dance Company has attracted attention by integrating the traditional culture of China with influences from around the world. Artistic Director Willy Tsao says Rear Light reflects the younger generation in China today—their fight to be free from tradition and their search for new challenges. Come enjoy a conversation with Willy Tsao before the 8:00 p.m. performance of Rear Light at the Staller Center for the Arts. Call (631)632-ARTS for tickets to the performance.
Friday, February 4, 6:00–7:00 p.m., Wang Center Lecture Hall 1
Lecture is free to all.
Jasmine Restaurant Celebrates Chinese New Year
Special Combination Platter Menu: Prix fix $12.00 (Meal plan accepted)
In addition to the regular combination of two dishes and a large size drink–(ethnic drinks are excluded), these New Year delicacies are included:
Scallion Pancake • Dumpling • Spring Roll • New Year Cookie • Noodles • Rice Ball Soup Tangerine • Lucky Candy • Red Lucky Envelope
Also featuring: Lion Dance with drumming, Ping-pong, paper-folding, and more surprises on this Lunar New Year Day.
For more information, please call 632-1858 or visit Jasmine.
50% of the prix fix revenue will go to the SBU Tsunami Relief Fund.
Wednesday, February 9, 12:00-2:30 p.m., Jasmine at the Wang Center
Chinese New Year Celebration: The Year of the Rooster
Based on a lunar calendar with 12 animals comprising the Chinese Zodiac, this is a year of the Rooster. Those born in the year of the Rooster are said to be shrewd, industrious, outspoken, and definite when making decisions.
Buffet Dinner, Cultural Dance Show, Magic Show, Chinese Auction, Ballroom Dance, & More
Saturday, Feb. 12, 5:30–10:30 p.m., Wang Theater & Lobby
Co-sponsored with the Chinese Association of Suffolk.
Call (631) 360-1686 or (631) 744-6910 for more info.
Tickets: $25; children 4-12: $20. Limited seating. Register early for reduced ticket rates. Download Reservation form (pdf).
Ticket Sale on Campus
Saturday, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Center for Chinese Learning, Graduate Physics Building, 1st Floor
CAS Member: $15 (adults); $10 (children 4-12)
Non-member: $20 (adults); $15 (children 4-12)
Lantern Festival & Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration
Free cultural events include a Chinese Zither Performance, Flower Arranging, a Chinese Tea Ceremony, Dough Figure Making, Paper Folding/Cutting, and Lion Dance. Free Admission.
Saturday, February 19, 4:30–6:30 p.m., Wang Center Lobby
Stage Performance (Tickets required)
Tickets: $15 at the door. Call (631) 543-5768 to reserve tickets ($10). Co-sponsored with the WAC Lighting Company and organized by the Taiwanese Association of Long Island.
Including Chinese Orchestra and Chorus, Soloists, Dance, & Kung Fu Display
Saturday, February 19, 5:30–7:00 p.m., Wang Center Theater
Buffet Dinner and Traditional Chinese Trivia (Tickets required)
Saturday, February 19, 7:15–10:00 p.m., Wang Center Lobby
Eliot Chang Comedy Show
Eliot Chang, a critically acclaimed stand-up comic from New York City, is known for his "Asians in the Media" workshop, which addresses how Asians are portrayed in TV and film. Chang also discusses the media's influence on attitudes towards Asians in America. His refreshingly honest and biting brand of comedy has been compared to Chris Rock, George Carlin, and Dane Cook. Chang recently appeared on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and Spike TV's "Crashtest." Visit echang.com for more info. Co-sponsored with the Asian Students Alliance and Chinese Association of Stony Brook.
Reservations required. Please e-mail the Wang Center or call 632-4400 to reserve your tickets. $5.00 for students with ID, $10.00 for general admission, and $15.00 for all at the door. Seats are limited, so reserve your tickets now.
Thursday, February 24, 8:00 p.m., Wang Center Theater
March 3, 10, & 17
Japanese Samurai Film Series
Samurai were warriors of feudal Japan from the 9th through the 19th century. The word samurai means "to serve," and these warriors cultivated high military skill with the sword and unfailing loyalty to their overlords. Over time, the samurai developed their own class and philosophy of chivalry, known as bushido, or "the way of the warrior." This series, coordinated by the Japan Center, includes Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai; Yoji Yamada's Twilight Samurai; and Edward Zwick's The Last Samurai . Details and schedule... Admission is free.
All screenings at 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater.
Global Mom: Notes from a Pioneer Adoptive Family
In 1975, over 2,500 infants and children were airlifted from Vietnam and adopted by families around the world as part of Operation Babylift. In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of this extraordinary humanitarian effort, acclaimed author Lana Noone shares her personal story of how, as an adoptive parent, she became a pioneering member of this global family. Included in this unique program is an exhibition of the Vietnam Babylift quilt, archival and historical materials, and a performance of Vietnamese music. Noone’s Global Mom: Notes from a Pioneer Adoptive Family will be available for signing. Co-sponsored with the Vietnamese Students Association.
Wednesday, March 16, 12:45 p.m., Wang Center Lecture Hall 1
Exhibit: 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel
The Comedy of Russell Peters
Controversial, silly, cerebral, profane, eloquent, this Gemini Award-winning stand-up comedian is a bonafide star. A Canadian native with South Asian roots, Russell Peters explores attitudes towards race in a way that is fresh, engaging, and downright hilarious. Russell combines his bright observations with a deeply likeable, youthful, hip-hop stage persona and an attitude that is up-tempo and cheeky. Proceeds of this program to benefit Save the Children as part of Stony Brook University’s Tsunami Relief Fund.
Tickets: $15 for SBU students with ID and $20 for general admission. Call (631) 632 6464 or e-mail the Stony Brook Relief Fund.
Thursday, March 17. 8:00 p.m., Student Activities Center Auditorium
Bridging the Gap with Michael Chang
As the youngest winner of a Grand Slam tournament in the history of men’s tennis, Michael Chang faced a generation gap. As a Chinese American, he faced the cultural gap between his family values and those of mainstream America. As a Christian, he faced a spiritual gap between his faith and the values of a secular world. Join us for this exciting evening of music, dance, and personal testimony, in which Michael will share stories about his fame, family, and faith. Sponsored by the Asian American Center Bridge in collaboration with the Long Island Alliance Church in Dix Hills and the Wang Center. Church youth groups contact Ronnie Fung. Chinese translation provided: contact Stephanie Chew, (631) 271-6815. Tickets are limited.
Reserve tickets: $15 through the Wang Center, or call (631) 632-4400.
Friday, March 18, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Wang Theater
April 2 & 3
Internationally known ink brush painter Sungsook Setton and the innovative chamber music ensemble Ardesco tell the story of Spring (Emergence), Summer-Fall (Abundance), and Winter (Purification) in light and sound. Paintings emerge in counterpoint to music by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Ligeti, among others. A guide, part visual gesture, part music and musician, will lead the audience and performers on this fascinating multi-media journey. Reservations required.
Reserve tickets: $10 Adults ($15 at the door); $5 Students through the Wang Center, or call (631) 632-4400.
Saturday, April 2, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 3, 3:00 p.m., Wang Theater
Baithak: A Concert of Traditional Indian Music, Dance, and Poetry
An afternoon of soothing melodies, dynamic rhythms, and expressive lyricism are promised in this traditional gathering of music, dance, and poetry. Reminiscent of recitals held in temples, palace courts, and homes, the audience sit on the floor "baithak style" in informal rapport and intimacy with the artists. Refreshments will be served. With Aruna Sharma, voice; Malini Srinivasan, Bharatanatyam dance; Robert Thomas, Guitar, Keyboard, and Harmonium; Ishwari Prasad, Tabla. Sponsored by the Musicians Alliance for Peace, the Center for India Studies, the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, and the Charles B. Wang Center. For the complete schedule of events for the Music for Peace Project. Admission is free.
Saturday, April 9, 4:00 p.m., Wang Center Chapel
Claude AnShin Thomas: Lecture & Book Signing
Claude AnShin Thomas, highly decorated Vietnam combat soldier, Zen monk, and international peace activist, will talk about his book, At Hell's Gate–A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace. "A powerful, wise, and genuinely profound spiritual odyssey from the insanity of violence (in the world, within ourselves, and in the assumptions of American culture) to the peace and compassion of mindfulness practice. Thomas beautifully models Zen teachings in his daily life, and by doing so, he enlightens and liberates us all."–Charles Johnson, winner of the National Book Award for Middle Passage. Presented by: Asian American Faculty and Staff Association at SBU; Asian Pacific American Association at BNL; Buddhist Study & Practice Group at SBU; and the Charles B. Wang Center's Asian/American Programs.
Monday, April 11, 2005, 7:00 p.m., Wang Center, Lecture Hall 2
A Visual and Visceral Connection to the Cultural Revolution
Director, producer, and interviewer, Carma Hinton is a scholar as well as a filmmaker. With a Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard University, she has taught Chinese language, history, and culture at Wellesley, Swarthmore, and MIT. This film project has been influenced by Hinton’s first-hand understanding of the politics and history of the period, and her direct witness of and participation in the events of the Cultural Revolution. Part of the Provost's Lecture Series and co-sponsored by the Asian American Faculty Staff Association, Charles B. Wang Center’s Asian/American Programs, Chinese American Association of Suffolk County, China Studies Program, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, Department of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Department of History, Department of Sociology, Humanities Institute, and University Libraries.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005, 3:00 p.m., Wang Center Theater
Film screenings, 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Revolution and Rebirth: Integrating Christianity and Chinese Art
This art exhibit by the Reverend Huibing He, Pastor of Port Jefferson United Methodist Church, features Chinese painting, oil painting, water colors, and paper cuts. Starting with Chinese materials and techniques, calligraphy, brush and ink, Huibing He incorporates water color and oil painting techniques to create an extraordinary art. These works, spanning the years from 1980 to the present depict her growth as an artist and her spiritual development and faith journey as a Chinese woman who suffered persecution during the Cultural Revolution, and triumphed over it through her vibrant and passionate Christian faith. Co-sponsored by Protestant Campus Ministry.
Wednesday, April 13, Wang Center Chapel
Exhibit 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
A Multicultural Task: Using traditional Chinese art to make new statements about the Christian faith
Wednesday, April 13, 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wang Center Chapel
Free and open to the public
From Nanjing to Port Jefferson
Rev. Huibing He will discuss what her art means to her, describing the impact of her art on her early life and her experience of persecution, and after her conversion to Christianity her discovery of art as a medium to express her faith and chronicle her spiritual journey.
Wednesday, April 13, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wang Center Chapel
Free and open to the public
Workshop and Fundraising Reception for Protestant Campus Ministry
Meet Reverend Huibing He and learn about one or two basic Chinese letters, trying basic techniques of Chinese calligraphy using brush and ink on rice paper, and completing a simple art piece of Chinese calligraphy to take home and frame. Enjoy delicious hors d’ouvres, wine, and other beverages.
Donation $50.00. For reservations, contact Brother Clark Berge at 632-6563.,
Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wang Center Chapel
Brhanalla Adishakti Theater Company
From one of the most exciting and innovative theater companies in India today, this physically intense and experimental work is loosely based on a story from the epic Mahabharata about Arjuna, who disguises himself as a woman in his thirteenth year of exile. Brhannala explores androgyny and the polarities of male-female, time-space, and animal-human. Pondicherry's Adishakti Theater Company seamlessly weaves together traditional forms, such as Chau tribal dance, Kathakali masked dance drama, and Kalaripayat Indian martial arts, with contemporary text, music, staging, and movement. The artistic director, Veenapani Chawla, has received training in traditional Indian performance forms and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, London, and Eugenio Barba's Odin Teatret in Holstebro, Denmark. Featuring the solo actor Vinay Kumar accompanied by live musicians.
Reserve tickets: $10 Adults ($15 at the door); $5 Students through the Wang Center, or call (631) 632-4400.
Thursday, April 14, 8:00 p.m., Wang Theater
Abetting Hate/Abating Hate: Workshop on Hate Crimes, Part 2
Featuring student tributes to the famed activist Yuri Kochiyama. Historic slides will be presented by Corky Lee who has been chronicling the Asian American community with his photography for over 30 years. The renowned documentary filmmakers Loni Ding and daughter May Ying Welsch will screen short films on Yuri Kochiyama and the Iraq war.
Co-sponsored by the Wang Center.
Thursday, April 14, 7:00 p.m., Old Student Union Auditorium
Cookbooks: A Cultural Banquet
Cookbooks are a treasure trove of cultural information, history, and social relationships, as well as delicious and useful recipes. Chinese cuisine scholar Jacqueline Newman will explore the socio-cultural wealth of Chinese cookbooks, while Bonnie Slotnik, owner of a Greenwich Village shop specializing in out-of-print cookbooks, will give a broad overview of American baking as seen through these books. Katheryn Twiss of Stony Brook University’s Department of Anthropology will place the phenomenon of cookbooks in socio-historical context. This event will feature creations from the recipes of the Jackie Newman Chinese Cookbook Collection for all to sample. Co-sponsored by the Charles B. Wang Center and the Special Collections Department of the University Libraries.
Tuesday, April 19, 12:30 p.m., Lecture Hall 1. Free to all.
Discrimination and War: Dialogue with Japanese, Muslim, and Vietnamese Americans
Discussion on the aftermath of war in these communities as they adapt to life in the United States. Presented by the Japanese Cultural Association, Vietnam Student Association, and the Muslim Student Association. Refreshments will be served.
Thursday, April 21, 6:00 p.m., Wang Chapel
April 5, 12,19, & 26
Korean Animation Film Series
Catch a glimpse of how Korean artists have expanded their modes of expression through various new styles and images. Through experimentations such as pictures drawn on tissue and variations on Buddhist artwork or traditional Korean art, these animated films are among the best in imaginative innovation. This series includes Kyungwon Im's Little Dinosaur Dooly; Sung-gang Lee's My Beautiful Girl Mari; Moon-saeng Kim's Wonderful Days (Sky Blue); and Sung Baek-Yeop's Oseam. Co-sponsored with the Department of Korean Studies and generously supported by the Korean Cultural Service in New York.
Details and schedule... Admission is free.
All screenings at 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater.
Art Healing Space
Curated by Nobohu Nagasawa and created by the students of Stony Brook University's Department of Art, Art Healing Space uses art as an expression of consolation for the countless lives lost in the tsunami tragedy.
"The Lights" is a ceremony and installation, featuring small lights that represent the souls of those lost to the tsunami. Above, lotus flowers will float on the water's surface, symbolizing the transformation of suffering and loss. Attendees to the ceremony are welcome to write poems, prayers, names of loved ones–and anything else that speaks of the loss endured by so many–on the bottom of the flowers.
Thursday, April 14, 7:00 p.m., Wang Indoor Fountain and Theater Lobby
"Halcyon" invokes an image of calm after the storm. This installation will be made by wrapping twine–a material from Asian folk cultures–around the Wang Center's standing columns to create a single delicate plain, like the surface of water. On this plain will be woven red and gold paper money, part of the Asian funerary tradition, in which the gold represents the purification of the souls of the departed.
April 13–30, Wang Center Indoor Fountain and Theater Lobby
Accompanying the calm waters installation will be two "harbors" by the main doorway. One will hold salt for the symbolic warding off of evil spirits. The other will bear a rock, the symbol of the tombstone and resting place of the departed.
April 13–30, Wang Center, East Entrance
Stir-Friday Night: Asian American Sketch Comedy Troupe
What do you get when you mix Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Indian, and Korean comedy with a pound of sketch and a dash of improv? You get the fun, fresh, and exciting Stir-Friday Night, Chicago’s premier Asian American sketch comedy troupe. Using comedy as a tool, stereotypes are dispelled, and bridges of understanding are built among the various social, racial, and intergenerational groups within the community. Co-sponsored with USG President Jarod Wong, College of Information and Technologies Studies, and AA E-zine.
Tickets: $20.00 general admission, free to students with ID.
Thursday, April 28, 8:00 p.m., Wang Theater
February 1–May 3
Chinese Martial Arts Film Series
This series examines 13 acclaimed films from the golden age of martial arts cinema. Selections include the classics Come Drink With Me, The One-Armed Swordsman, and Bruce Lee's The Way of the Dragon, among others. All screenings at the Wang Center Theater. Coordinated by Professor Robert Chi, Department of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies. Details and schedule... Admission is free.
All screenings at Wang Theater.
February 2–May 4
Indian Film Series
This series, encompassing social commentaries, vengeful plots, opulent romance, and unforgettable musical scores, is a rollercoaster ride through the blockbuster hits of the prolific Popular Indian Cinema, affectionately known today as Bollywood. Featuring all time classics Awaara, Mother India, Pakeezah, Sholay, and more, these films never fail to move, fascinate, and give insight to the aspirations, fantasies, and yearnings of the popular Indian imagination. Details and schedule... Admission is free. All screenings at Wang Theater.
Asian American Read-Aloud
Storytelling, lion dancing, origami, calligraphy, and many other activities to familiarize young people to the wealth of Asian American cultures. Co-sponsored with Asian American Center Bridge.
Wednesday, May 4, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wang Center Theater Lobby
Art Lee & Tokara: Japanese Taiko Drumming Concert
Tokara, a strong force in the world of taiko, both in and outside of Japan, is known for its electrifying speed and power. Tokara creates a whole new world of performance by successfully fusing African and Korean drumming with Taiko, the movements of Chinese martial arts and dance. Artistic Director Art Lee is the first non-Japanese to be given the artistic visa to teach Taiko in Japan. Reservations recommended: $5.00 for students with ID; $10.00 general admission; $15.00 at the door. Please e-mail email@example.com or call (631) 632-4400 to reserve your tickets.
Sunday, May 15, 3:00 p.m., Wang Center Theater
I Wan Jan Puppet Theater
Excelling in various and intricate styles of hand puppetry, I Wan Jan Puppet Theater is ensured a place in the pantheon of Taiwanese dramatic troupes. For the past six decades I Wan Jan Puppet Theater has been active in the world of traditional puppetry and continues to delight audiences internationally with their masterful storytelling and craftsmanship.
Reservations required: $5.00 for students with ID; $10 for general admission; $15.00 at the door. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (631) 632-4400 to reserve your tickets.
Tuesday, May 17, 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Wang Center Theater
South Indian Regional Cinema and Television
Join us for a lively discussion with T.N. Seetaram and his associate S. Kappanna. Mr. Seetaram has become a cultural icon in Bangalore, India, through his work in several art mediums. Mr. Seetaram has written, directed, and produced plays, movies, and top-rated television series which have attracted millions of viewers. Mr. Kappanna is the current chairman of Karnataka Nataka and Sahithya Academy and has many plays and films to his credit. He has won several regional and national awards for his works. Sponsored by the India Society.
Sunday, June 26, 6:00 p.m., Lecture Hall 1. Free and open to all.
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