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Spring 2007 Programs

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February 10–April 21
Meditation Workshops
Meditation has always been recognized as a useful tool for cultivating peace of mind. Practice on a daily basis also has many health-related benefits. You will learn the fundamental concepts and postures to begin and sustain a meditation practice. Various sessions include workshops for treating depression, and mindful meditation techniques to increase concentration while reducing stress. Details>>
Sponsored by the Buddhism Studies and Practice Group.

February 19
year of pigLunar New Year Festival: The Year of the Pig
Join China Blue and the Chinese Literature Club to bring in the Year of the Pig. Come see the enchanting lion dance, a traditional dance celebrating the descent of good luck each New Year and participate in an exciting lantern raffle game. Singing, skits, games with prizes, and a fashion show are some of the exciting highlights! Experience this culturally rich celebration and a bit of Chinese culture through this engaging night of festivities. Free admission and refreshments. Cosponsored with the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies. Download flier.
Monday, February 19, 7:00 p.m.

February 24
taiko drumsTaikoza: Japanese Drums and Music

Like rolling thunder, Taikoza, the internationally renowned performance group, uses the powerful rhythms of the Japanese Taiko drums to thrill audiences of all ages. Artistic director Marco Lienhard, a Swiss native, brings an electrifying energy to this ancestral form, transcending national boundaries. In the past decade, Taikoza has performed at some of the world’s most esteemed venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the Osaka Festival Hall. Innovating on a fifteen-century-old Japanese tradition of music and performance, Taikoza creates a new sound using a variety of drums of assorted sizes, and Japanese wood winds–the shakuhachi and the fue. An East Winds Production. Co-sponsored with the Japan Center at Stony Brook and Taiko Tides. Download flier.

Tickets: $10 for students and seniors; $15 for general admission.
Saturday, February 24, 8:00 p.m., Wang Theatre

February 26
37 UsesFilm: 37 Uses for a Dead Sheep
If you thought that a dead sheep was just good for wool and/or a meal, you should watch this eccentric and inspired documentary. This multiple award-winning documentary takes a droll and affectionate look at the last hundred years in the history and culture of the Pamir Kirghiz, a semi nomadic tribe originating in Central Asia. Driven out from the USSR, Maoist China, and Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion, facing violence and imprisonment, the tribe moved from country to country until an appeal for international assistance led them to Eastern Turkey, where they have lived for the last 30 years. Mixing new documentary footage with dramatic re-constructions filmed in a variety of cinematic styles and acted out by the Kirghiz, this film is an engaging glimpse into the tribe's past, showing their resilience and humor, and also touching on the younger generation's very different hopes for the future. (Directed by Ben Hopkins, 2005, 85 min., England). Discussion follows screening. In collaboration with the Greater Port Jefferson/Northern Brookhaven Arts Council.

Discussion follows with Ainura Cholponkulova, a Visiting Scholar at SIPA's Harriman Institute at Columbia University, who is pursuing research on corruption and political institutions in transition nations with focus on Central Asian region.

Tickets: $5.00; $4.00 for students, seniors, and Arts Council members. Call the box office at Theatre Three at (631) 928-9100 or the Arts Council at (631) 473-5220. Titles and speakers are subject to change based upon availability.
Monday, February 26, 7:00 p.m. Wang Theatre

February 28 Deadline
Call to Artists: Reinterpretations
The Charles B. Wang Center seeks an artist/artist team to create temporary public artwork for Art Healing Space IV: Reinterpretations.

Objectives/Importance of the Exhibition (April 9 to May 4)
Reinterpretation is directed towards the structure of the Charles B. Wang Center itself. Artists are invited to create installations that invite the viewer to see the Wang Center not only as a vehicle for cultural events but as an architectural and sculptural phenomenon, to provide works that provoke a visual response to a surfacing or amplification of current or concealed meanings. The attendees of the subsequent installations should be moved to perceive the Charles B. Wang Center in a new way, or namely, to reinterpret the center. Download flier.

Dr. Sunita S. Mukhi, Alton Frabetti
Event Coordinator: Professor Nobuho Nagasawa

Proposals/ Application Deadline: February 28 by 5:00 p.m.
Please submit proposals to:

Asian/American Programs
Charles B. Wang Center, Suite 302
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4040

March 1
yin yangEast Meets West Medicine
The current field of Asian Medicine stands at a crossroads between science and quackery. While other parts of the world are practicing a hybrid of East and West, America has embarked on a “Health Renaissance” recently wherein, the ancient understanding of the human body is combined with modern science. This panel introduces the uniqueness of Asian Medicine and how it is changing America’s health care system in the 21st century. Co-sponsored by New York College of Health Professionals. Download flier.

Thomas Nash
, M.A., C.A.C., L.Ac. (NY), Administrative Clinic Director, Graduate School of Oriental Medicine, New York College of Health Professionals

Rezan Akpinar, D.D.S. (Turkey), M.S., L.Ac., LMT, Chair, Acupuncture, Long Island School of Doctor of Dental Surgery, Ataturk University Dental Faculty (Turkey)

Shibhani Ray-Mazumder, Sc.D., LMSW, MS., Director of Life and Mind Matters, specializing in helping people cope with life challenges, manage stress, and provide non-pharmacological pain management.

For more information, please contact:
Charles B. Wang Center, Suite 302
Stony Brook, NY11794-4040
Phone: (631) 632 -4400

Thursday, March 1, 7 :00 p.m., Wang Theatre

March 5 Deadline
Open Call for Submissions: The Karma of War
A Screening of Contemporary Video Art

Objective: The aim of The Karma of War is to reflect on the importance of our actions in the contemporary panorama of violence from a multiplicity of perspectives by means of art works that dwell on the relations between karma and war. The works will be exhibited in the lobby of the Wang Center. For this evening of screenings The Karma of War is looking to expand its international network of artists working with video. All artists working in this media are invited to submit work to be part of The Karma of War. All submitted materials will be evaluated for inclusion, however, only selected pieces will be screened. Carla Macchiavello will be responsible for the selection of all video entries and will curate the selections. Download flier.

Guidelines for Submitting Video-Works: Subject matter is based on the screening's title, The Karma of War; works will be selected that offer a reflection on karma as the set of actions we have performed, are doing or will do, and how these produce certain effects–the ethics involved in such actions–specifically when they are related to war.

1. Duration of the works must not exceed 10 minutes.

2. Each submitted video must include the name of the artist, title, duration, year of production, contact information (e-mail and home address), biography, and any additional information.

3. The sender is responsible for mailing costs of submission; the exhibition will not assume responsibility for the works that arrive damaged and will not cover insurance.

4. Works will not be returned to the senders from the United States and abroad unless a self-addressed envelope is included in the package.

5. Acceptable formats: DVD; CD

The deadline for submissions is March 5, 2007
Submissions can be sent to:
Charles B. Wang Center
c/o Sunita S. Mukhi, Director of Asian/American Programs
Suite 302, Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4040 USA

March 11
Asian American Cultural Festival of Long Island
Building Bridges & Promoting Awareness & Appreciation for Cultural Diversity on LI

1:00–5:00 p.m.
Free Admission. All are welcome.
Multi-Cultural Booths with Crafts, Live Music, Literature, Costumes
Small Group Performances/Lectures
Tea Ceremony and Cultural Displays by the Tzu Chi Foundation
Children’s Live Interactive Show

5:00–9:00 p.m.
Reserved Tickets: $20
Presentation of Awards
Classical Performances by Asian Artists
Delicious Asian Fusion Buffet Dinner
Spectacular Raffle Drawing

For more information or to become a Festival Sponsor, call (631) 543-5768 or visit Download flier.

Please send checks ($20 per ticket) made payable to:
Chinese Cultural Programs, Inc.
23 Fernwood Drive Commack, NY 11725

Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available for pick-up in the SAC lobby on the day of the Festival.

Sunday, March 11, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Student Activities Center

March 15 Application Deadline
BangaloreBangalore, India Summer Study Abroad Program

The Center for India Studies, in collaboration with the Office of International Academic Programs, announces a unique summer Study Abroad program based in Bangalore, India. Feel the excitement of India 's traditional cultures at the cross-roads of globalization. The SBU program in Bangalore gives students the chance to earn 12 credits while taking part in a life-changing experience. Bangalore is a high-tech city. A capital of globalization, yet rich in traditional Indian culture, Bangalore is renowned for its beautiful climate, exciting cultural and social life, welcoming people, and soothing gardens.

Program Highlights
Take field trips to historic monuments, 900 year-old temples, wildlife parks, traditional villages, and graceful cities. Students partake in coursework with outstanding faculty from Stony Brook and Bangalore Universities, while interacting with Indian students, creative artists, intellectuals, social activists, and business leaders. Download Program Flier for more info and to register.

March 24
Kali YugaKali Yuga: The Age of Chaos
Balinese American Dance Drama
by Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Gamelan Sekar Jaya, the internationally acclaimed Balinese and American performance ensemble based in San Francisco, performs Kali Yuga: The Age of Chaos. Drawn from the ancient texts of the Mahabharata, this dazzling new dance drama is a deep artistic response to recent world conflicts. It is dedicated to the victims of the 2002 and 2004 bombings in Bali, and to the introspective and soul-searching response of Balinese society. Kali Yuga is the creation of an international team of renowned artists, who engaged in an intensive two-year interchange of ideas, historical perspectives, and modern dramatic techniques in exploring the last of the four Ages in Hindu philosophy. Kali Yuga features acclaimed Balinese and American dancers, a thirty-musician bronze gamelan orchestra, a contemporary set design, poetry, song, and ambient sound—fusing traditional and modern techniques as it brings to life the themes of universal hope and transformation. Part of Stony Brook University’s Music for Peace Project, March 30–April 1. Download flier. Supported in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project.
A lecture and workshop precede the performance on Friday, March 23. See related programs below for details.

$10 for students and seniors
$15 for general admission
$25 for VIP reserved seating, includes admission to Lecture Demonstration,  Master Class, and reception
Saturday, March 24, 8:00 p.m., Wang Theatre

March 23
Balinese drummerKali Yuga Related Programs
Balinese Music & Dance: Demonstration for Young Audiences
A lively introduction to the culture, music, and dance of Bali, Indonesia. The artists will offer explanations and demonstrations of the instruments, dance movement, characters, and story, based on the dance drama Kali Yuga. Special emphasis will be give to the Balinese aesthetic of balance and teamwork, expressed in the concept of Rhu Bhineda (duality).
Tickets: $5.00 for children under 12, $10 for general admission
Friday, March 23, 10:00 a.m., Wang Theatre

Balinese Gamelan Workshop
A hands-on, guided tour through the exciting interlocking rhythms of Balinese music, played on a full set of bronze gamelan instruments—tuned gongs, metallophones, gong-chimes, and drums. Participants will learn in the traditional manner, without the use of notation, to play an exerpt from a dance piece. The teachers include several of Bali’s most brilliant musicians and dancers, who will also demonstrate how dance movements and postures are coordinated with the music’s form, accents, and rhythms.
Tickets: $15.00 for all
March 23, 2:00–4:00 p.m., Wang Theatre

March 25
herstoryGenerating Connections Through Writing
Day-Long Women's Workshop & Retreat
How might you tell your own story? If you had to imagine a possible page one for a story about your own life, what might that opening moment be? These are the questions that Herstory Writers Workshop leader Erika Duncan asks each new participant in this unique writing workshop that helps women develop the tools and techniques to reshape their very intimate experiences into a form that will be meaningful to a "stranger-reader." The day-long format will give new participants a chance to work side by side with women who have been writing with Herstory for years, to develop their ideas in the morning, to begin writing during the lunch break, and to then have immediate feedback in the afternoon. For further information, or to pre-register: Contact Herstory Writers Workshop at (631) 725-4697. Walk-in participants also welcome. The retreat as well as the reading are offered free to the public. Optional contributions to Herstory's programs in the community will be gratefully accepted. Download retreat flier.

This retreat is made possible by a grant from Stony Brook University, Office of the President, Dialogues Across Differences and is co-sponsored by the Charles B. Wang Center, Greater Port-Jefferson/ Northern Brookhaven Arts Council, Jefferson's Ferry Lifecare Community, Asian American Faculty Staff Association.

Sunday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wang Chapel

March 25
Red CarpetThe Karma of War
A Screening of Contemporary Video Art
The Karma of War is a screening of contemporary video art that reflects on the connections between actions and their effects in relation to war. The Karma of War calls attention to the moral consequences of violence. Karma means act or performance in Sanskrit, alluding to actions done in the past, present, and the future that extend infinitely in a chain of cause and effect. Reception precedes the screening. Curated by Carla Machiavello and Christa Erikson, Faculty Sponsor. Part of Stony Brook University’s Music for Peace Project, March 30–April 1. Download flier. Photo credit (above): "Red Carpet" by Manuela Viera Gallo
Sunday, March 25, 7:00 p.m., Wang Skylight Lobby

March 26
SafaafirSafaafir, Iraqi Maqam: Music from Iraq
Safaafir is a name that evokes the ancient art of coppersmithing in Iraq. Soug al-Safaafir, or the coppersmith's market, is a well-known market in Baghdad, memorable for the din of hammers on copper and the glowing beauty of each creation. The sound of the Iraqi Maqam has often been likened to the Soug al-Safaafir for the metallic timbre of the instruments and the percussive hammering of ancient rhythms. Siblings Amir and Dena ElSaffar, come from a family of Safaafir (coppersmiths), and it is from their ancestors' legacy that the name of the ensemble was born. Part of Stony Brook University’s Music for Peace Project, March 30–April 1. Download flier.
Monday, March 26, 5:00 p.m., Wang Theatre

March 29
sacred spacesSacred Spaces: Women, Art, and Islam
Join four engaging women artists as they demonstrate how their creative work is influenced by Islamic spirituality, philosophy, culture, politics, and aesthetics. Sharbari Ahmed (writer/actress), Potri Ranka Manis (dancer/choreographer), Amal Karzai (visual artist) and Malini Srinivasan (dancer/choreographer) present choice excerpts of their work. Discussion moderated by Sunita S. Mukhi, Director of Asian/American Programs, Charles B. Wang Center. Part of Stony Brook University’s Music for Peace Project, March 30–April 1. Download flier.
Thursday, March 29, 4:00 p.m., Wang Theater

April is Stony Brook University's Asian Heritage Month

April 12
Loni DingA Legacy of Truth in Time of War
A Conversation with Loni Ding and May Ying Welsh
A conversation with Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary filmmaker Loni Ding (right) and May Ying Welsh, independent journalist, award-winning cinematographer, and reporter for CNN, Democracy Now, Al Jazeera International, and Channel News Asia. Interviewed by veteran CNN journalist and Long Island News anchor Bill Zimmerman. Special performances and presentations by the students of the Philosophical Issues in Asian American Studies class taught by Karina Kim. Download flier.
Thursday, April 12, 7:00 p.m., Wang Theater

April 15
ganga kaveriGanga-Kaveri: Percussion and Flute Ensemble
This unique ensemble brings out the best in Indian classical music while creatively blending with contemporary music, as well as with Jazz. Journey to the culture, spirituality and landscape of India through the music of these highly acclaimed artists. Directed and led by the Mridangam Maestro Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma. Download flier. Presented by the India Society of Stony Brook and the Center for India Studies.

Featuring: Pundit Pravin Godkhindi on the Bansuri (Hindustani Flute);
Pundit M.K. Pranesh on Carnatik Flute; Pundit Arun Kumar on rhythm pads and drums; Pundit V. Umesh on the keyboard; and Pundit Madhusudana on the Tabla.

General Admission: $15.00; students: $10.00

For more information and tickets:
Dr. Magery N. Satish (631) 689-3504
Center for India Studies (631) 632-9742

Sunday, April 15, 5:00 p.m., Wang Center Theatre

April 19
mirikitani catDocumentary Film: The Cats of Mirikitani
How do dreams survive on the streets of New York? Can art raise the living from the dead? Such questions frame this portrait of an octogenarian outsider artist, Jimmy Mirikitani, who survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. When 9/11 threatens his life on the NYC streets, local filmmaker Linda Hattendorf brings him to her home. The two embark on a poignant and at times amusing journey of friendship as they confront Jimmy's painful past, and eventual healing. The Cats of Mirikitani won the Audience Award at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. Director Linda Hattendorf introduces and discusses the film. Special presentations by the Philosophical Issues in Asian American Studies class taught by Karina Kim. (Linda Hattendorf /2006/ 74 min./English, Japanese)
Thursday, April 19, 7:00 pm. Wang Theatre

April 21
BuddhaDeepening Your Meditation Workshop
Given by Dr. Cheryl Kurash, Clinical Psychologist, University Counseling Center and Dr. JoAnn Rosen, Assistant Director for Consultation and Outreach, University Counseling Center. This workshop will provide a series of different exercises designed to help you deepen and refine your meditation practice. The exercises will focus on mindfulness of the body and a deeper acceptance of the present moment. Details>>
Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Wang Center, Room 301

April 25
Rising India: Economic Implications
A.R. Ghanashyam Deputy Consul General, Consulate of India, New York
The Indian economy over the last few years has been growing at one of the fastest rates in the world. Hon. A.R. Ghanashyam, Deputy Consul General of India in New York, will discuss the economic implications of this remarkable growth. A question-answer session follow. Download flier.

Mr. Ghanashyam is a career diplomat and has served in 22 countries. He has degrees from the prestigious Central College, Bangalore, and the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. He has gathered a broad variety of experience as a diplomat--from sharing of natural resources between India and its neighboring countries to negotiating with hijackers of an Indian plane to Afghanistan, from organizing partnerships between European Union and India to being a standby Arabic interpreter for the Prime Minister of India.
Wednesday, April 25, 12:40 p.m., Lecture Hall 1

April 26
Word/Vachan: Elocution and Spoken Word Competition
Support your fellow students as they perform a speech or spoken word piece about their insights and experiences of Desi or South Asian culture. Refreshments will be served. Part of the 10th Anniversary Celebrations of the Center for India Studies. Download flier.
Thursday, April 26, 7:00 pm., Wang Theatre

April 27
Sholay 2007: South Asian Students Alliance Cultural Show
Tickets: $7.00 general admission; $5.00 SB students, faculty, staff. Flier.
Friday, April 27, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., SAC Auditorium

April 30
kabul academyDocumentary Film: Beauty Academy of Kabul
In the summer of 2004, a group of volunteer American hairstylists, financed by the beauty industry, arrived in post-Taliban Afghanistan armed with their curling irons to open a school. Liz Mermin documents the hilarious, moving, and sometimes fractious meeting of diametrically different cultures, one that has suffered unimaginable horrors and one that believes in the palpable power of a good perm. In collaboration with the Greater Port Jefferson/Northern Brookhaven Arts Council.
Part of the Port Jefferson Documentary Series.
(Liz Mermin/ 2006/74 min./English)

Tickets: $5.00; $4.00 for students, seniors, and Arts Council members.
Call the box office at Theatre Three: (631) 928-9100 or Arts Council: (631) 473-5220.
Monday, April 30, 7:00 p.m., Wang Theatre

May 2
newman bookChinese Food Can Be Good For Your Health!
Lecture by Jacqueline Newman

Chinese food is a favorite cuisine, but is it healthful? Yes, when prepared in an authentic way, this cuisine is one of the world's most nutritious; it is ideal for your health and well-being. Food historian and registered dietitian Jacqueline M. Newman will discuss the use of herbs and other fresh ingredients in the Chinese diet; how to order and prepare healthful Chinese food; and why the Chinese see no difference between food and medicine. Following the lecture, there will be a food tasting featuring recipes from the Jacqueline M. Newman Chinese Cookbook Collection, a part of the University Libraries' Special Collections at Stony Brook. Free to all. Sponsored by the Charles B. Wang Center & University Libraries. Download flier.
Wednesday, May 2, 12:45 p.m., Lecture Hall 1

May 3
Triangle ProjectThe Triangle Project: Journey of the Dandelion
Concert and Workshop
Much like the resilient dandelion that endures the harshest environments, three astounding artists explore their common roots and disparate experiences in the Triangle Project. Hear the dynamic intersections of old and new with taiko drummer, PJ Hirabayashi of San Jose Taiko; Japanese folk singer, Yoko Fujimoto of KODO, Sado Island, Japan; and contemporary Asian American songwriter, Nobuko Miyamoto of Great Leap. Journey of the Dandelion uses the vibration of voices, stories, and drums to shift the winds of fear and violence through the transformative energy of ritual, revealing our collective power and connection with all humanity. Download flier. Concert: 7:00–8:00 p.m. Workshop: 8:15–10:30 p.m.

Yoko, PJ, and Nobuko present how their collaboration—through voice, drum, movement, and storytelling—are tools of transformation and social activism: PJ using taiko and rhythms as a tool for self-discovery and communication; Nobuko using movement and theater to share stories between people of diverse cultures; and Yoko’s Voice Circle, teaching how to find one’s natural voice, connecting through sound with the universal vibration. Participants will break out for 1 hour 15 minutes into 3 groups led by each collaborator. The groups will reconvene to share their individual workshop experiences, then engage in a process of weaving all 3 activities together to illustrate how the arts can empower and affect positive change through collective creativity. General Admission: $15; Free for students

Reservations recommended for all. To make reservations, please e-mail or call (631) 632-4400. Co-sponsored with Dialogues Across Differences Grant and Taiko Tides.
Thursday, May 3, 7:00 p.m., Wang Theatre

May 5
cherry treeSakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival)
A Japanese American Friendship Festival
Welcome Spring to Long Island the Japanese way, with the exciting sounds of the Taiko Drums, performances of Japanese dance, music and puppets and a wondrous array of Japanese crafts, tea ceremony and cultural events. Download flier. For information, please call Gerard Senese at (631) 698-2467 or visit

General Admission: $10; children 5-12 $5; children under 5 admitted free.

The afternoon is filled with activities for children and adults:
–The unique Bunraku Puppet Theatre presented for the first time on Long Island
–Demonstration & display of Ikebana (flower arrangements) by Mrs. Kanzaki Sensei –Masayo Ishigure & her Koto group, featured on the soundtrack of Memoirs of a Geisha
–Martial Arts demonstrations will include Okinawan Karate, Japanese Kendo (fencing), Tameshigiri (sword cutting), and a rare exhibition of a complete set of 17th century (reproduction) Samurai Armor
Origami, Anime
Japanese Tea Ceremony “Cha No Yu”
–Classical, folk, & contemporary Japanese Music & Dance

Sponsored by the Ryu Shu Kan with the Japan Center at Stony Brook and the Consulate-General of Japan in New York. This festival is made possible in part with grants from the Japan Center at Stony Brook, the Charles B. Wang Center, and the Japan Foundation of NY.
Saturday, May 5, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

elephantMay 5
Center for India Studies 10th Anniversary Celebration
In cooperation with the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies & the Wang Center, the Center for India Studies celebrates 10 years of service to the campus and community at the SAC. Lecture Series Details>>
Saturday, May 5, 6.00 p.m., Student Activities Center

April 9–May 11
art healing spaceReinterpretations: Art Healing Space IV
Reinterpretations is directed towards the structure of the Wang Center itself. Artists have created installations that invite the viewer to see the Center as an architectural and sculptural phenomenon, provoking a visual response to a surfacing or amplification of current or concealed meanings. You will be moved to perceive the Charles B. Wang Center in a new way, or namely, to reinterpret the center. Made possible by a Dialogues Across Differences grant from the President's Office, and the Charles B. Wang Center. Download flier. Curated by: A.C. Frabetti and Sunita S. Mukhi. Faculty Advisor: Nobuho Nagasawa. Participating Artists: Alton Falcone, Alan Goodrich, Shannan Hayes, TJ & Yana KM, Jin-Kang Park, Veronica Pena, and the AA E-Zine Photographic Art Collective

Reception & Performances: Thursday, April 19, 4:00 p.m.
Performance of "Healing Time" by Veronica Pena, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., April 19
Performance of "Untitled (markings)" by Shannan Hayes, April 19–ongoing

May 13
butterflyYiYi's: Essence of Taiwan
Cultural Handcraft Workshop
Join us in this fun and eco-friendly handcraft workshop. The workshop provides an opportunity for audiences of all age groups to learn more about Asia and Taiwan, as well as to enjoy the fun of creating organic and beautiful handcrafted artwork from tree bark, leaves, trunks, aerial roots, vines, and other parts of the tree that have been discarded. The belief expressed in handcraft is respect for natural resources and peaceful coexistence of human beings with nature. Dowload flier. Free admission.

Co-sponsored by the Taiwanese American Association on Long Island, the Taiwan Center, and the Suffolk County Asian American Advisory Board in celebration of Taiwanese American Heritage Week.

Material costs: $5.00/person. For children age 4 and above.
Please RSVP by May 6: (516) 572-9669, (631) 676-6762, or
Sunday, May 13, 2:00 p.m.

Deadline June 4, 2007
The Charles B. Wang Center is a proud partner for
Call to Artists: Embracing Our Differences
Chosen entries to be shown billboard size in Heckscher Park for the month of October. Open to professional, amateur, and student artists. If you have not received the full invitation, a pdf version is attached or you can download a copy from
Sponsored by the Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity & Human Understanding.

June 26
Health Awareness Lecture: Chinese Medicine for Health & Wellness

by Yemeng Chen, L.Ac., FICAE, President, New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine; Member, the New York State Board for Acupuncture

Session I:
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Session II: 6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Dr. Yemeng Chen introduces the unique system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is based on the philosophical concepts of Taoism which describes the human body’s physical function and its relationship to spiritual and mental activities. Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes acupuncture and herbs, regulates the body’s functional imbalance before disease progresses. Through lifestyle change and the application of various modalities, the body’s physical, mental, and spiritual aspects are balanced and improved. This lecture focuses on the most effective applications of TCM in the contemporary world and its current development in the United States.
This lecture is free to all. Download flier.

Co-sponsored by The Buddhist Study and Practice Group at Stony Brook University, the Charles B. Wang Center, the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Asian American Center Bridge at Stony Brook University.
Tuesday, June 26, Lecture Hall 1

August 1–8
orilandOrigami Heaven
Third Annual Origami Exhibition & Festival 
After the past two highly successful festivals, the Charles B. Wang Center and Long Island Folding Enthusiasts (LIFE) are very excited for this year’s festival which promises to be a true Origami Heaven!   

August 18, Wang Center, Room 201
A mind-blowing exhibition by Yuri and Katrin Shumakov ( features Origami clowns and goblins, beautiful flower arrangements (Oribana), and sprawling medieval castles. This exhibition is a visual feast of amazing creativity, artistry, and talent.

Origami Heaven Festival
Wednesay, August 8, Wang Center
This day-long festival features:  
1. Storigami performances by renowned storytellers.
2. Traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
3. Short films, 6 Artists ON ORIGAMI and Origametria, from Green Fuse Films.
4. Body Wrapping: Origami master and certified Kimono dresser, June Sakamoto demonstrates the art of kimono dressing.
5. Greeting card workshop by acclaimed Origami artist, Sok Song.
6. Festival crown, in a whole new format and with an important message.
7. The very popular Puppet portal is back this year!
8. Teaching tables where you can come and learn, fold, and play with paper!
Suitable for all ages! (Groups of 15 or more must pre-register by e-mailing
Oriland is free and open to the public.Suggested donation of $5 for materials for Origami Heaven.

Hours: Oriland Exhibition by Yuri and Katrin Shumakov: August 18, Wang Center, Room 201
Weekday hours 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Weekend hours 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.   Origami Heaven Festival: August 8, 11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.

For detailed schedules, please check

For more information, please contact the Wang Center at, or LIFE at


Previous seasons' programming

The Wang Center is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guided Tours for schoolgroups and groups of 10 and more are available by appointment.

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