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Fall 2011 Lectures

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

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Racializing Area Studies: Defetishizing China

Lecture by Dr. Shu-mei Shih, Professor of Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies at UCLA

The goals of area studies and ethnic studies are essentially contradictory. Area studies provide strategically important information for the U.S. empire, while ethnic studies critique it from within. This alone may explain the hostility between area studies and ethnic studies, but the crucial pivot around which this hostility can be better understood is the question of race. What happens when we racialize area studies? And how does doing so affect our understanding of China?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 4:30PM

Humanities 1006

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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Desi America: Ten Years After 9/11

Share your thoughts in a timely forum about South Asian American communities in the post-9/11 world.

How did the tragedy and its aftermath transform Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi American communities? How have their roles as citizens and residents of the United States been redefined? How has it shaped their relationships with Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim Americans – and with each other?

Dynamic community organizers and artists PRERANA REDDY of the Queens Museum of Art and the Visible Collective,  PUSHKAR SHARMA of Brownstar Revolution, TITO SINHA of Desis Organizing, members of KHADIJA'S CARAVAN share their insights and spark a reflective dialog.

Presented in collaboration with the Asian American Literary Review (AALR) an Asian American nonprofit literary journal and organization, which just released a special issue commemorating the 10 year anniversary of September 11th.

To learn more about AALR's special issue, please visit or contact

All are welcome.  Free Admission.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 7:00PM

Charles B. Wang Center Lecture Hall 1



Spring 2011 Lectures

March 16, 2011

The Korean Crisis: Origins of Conflicts and Prospects for Resolution
Lecture with Charles Armstrong, Columbia University, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences, Director, Center for Korean Research 

The military clashes in the West Sea of Korea in 2010 brought North-South Korean tensions to a dangerous new level, drawing the world’s attention once again to the unresolved problem of divided Korea. This lecture explores the history of conflict – and sometimes cooperation – between North and South Korea from the time the two contemporary Korean states were established in 1948 until the present day. Ultimately, Armstrong argues that the issues that drive North-South conflict cannot be resolved between Seoul and Pyongyang alone, but must include the active cooperation of the surrounding countries as well, above all the United States and China. Flier »

Film screening of South of the Border to follow.

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 4pm, Wang Center


March 17, 2011

Buddhism Study & Practice Group Lecture
Adorning Our Hearts, Transforming Our World: The Practice of Loving Kindness
Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi of Chuang-Yen Monastery, Carmel, New York, will explain how the practice of loving kindness (metta) provides the key both to finding inner happiness and creating a better world. Ven. Bodhi will also speak about his work as the founder of Buddhist Global Relief, an organization dedicated to alleviating poverty and chronic malnutrition around the world. His presentation will include a guided session of loving kindness meditation. Donations for Buddhist Global Relief will gladly be accepted. Flier »

Thursday, March 17, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Wang Center Lecture Hall 1


March 21, 2011

Plastic Archives: Documenting the Cinema/City, Bombay
This presentation maps the documentary poetics in the recent works of documentary filmmaler Madhusree Dutta.  In Made in India(2004),  Seven Islands and a Metro(2006), and the collaborative project Cinema City(2009-10)-all cinematic representations of/from Bombay-the city and cinema become coeval, and the expressive modulations intimate the chaotic, utter intermeshing of cinema, cityscape and subjectivity.  Duttu points to a realm of engagement where pleasure and fury, exhaustion and energy, complicity and criticality all fold into one another. Flier »


March 25, 2011

Book Talk & Signing with Brad Warner

Author of Sex, Sin and Zen: A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between

Brad Warner

Brad Warner, an ordained Zen teacher and author of Hardcore Zen, Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate and Sit Down and Shut Up! gives public talks and leads retreats all over the world. He maintains his own blog and was interviewed by CNN in 2008. He's also the writer for the Suicide Girls website, bass player for the hardcore punk rock group 0DFx (aka Zero Defex), director of the film Cleveland's Screaming! and former vice president of the US branch of the company founded by the man who created Godzilla. He went to Japan in 1993 where he began studying the philosophy with Zen Master Gudo Nishijima and became his successor as a Zen teacher of Shikantaza. He has published work in the Buddhist magazines Shambhala Sun, Buddhadharma, and Tricycle.  Flier »
This book talk and signing has been cancelled.

Friday, March 25, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, University Bookstore   




One Story Thirty Stories

April 7, 2011

30 Stories and Halal Pork: Feast of Poetry, Tales, and Song

by Afghan Americans and their Friends
From the heartfelt experiences of Afghan Americans to postmodern urban Sufi tales from the swirling graffiti of Brooklyn, poets Zohra Saed and Sahar Muradi,video artist and blogger Gazelle Samizay, and comedic novelist Cihan Kaan challenge and expand the borders of Asian American and Muslim American literature. They tackle issues of identity, ethnicity, immigration, politics, history, war, and urban life in a series of readings from their two books: Saed and Muradi’s One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature, and Kaan’s Halal Pork and Other Stories. Musical interludes provided by +Aziz of World Music Parade. Followed by a reception and book signing. Free admission.
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April 14, 2011
Verse, Fiction, and Jazz from the Filipino Diaspora

See life through the prism of award-winning Filipino-American writers living and working across the United  States, with readings from R. Zamora Linmark’s newest   book Leche, Fidelito Cortes (Everyday Things), Sarah Gambito (Delivered), and Lara Stapleton (The Lowest Blue Flame Before Nothing). Accompanied by  innovative jazz saxophonist Jon Irabagon, this is a night of the poetic and chaotic from the heart of the Filipino diaspora. Book signing to follow. Seating is limited. First come, first served.Flier »

Thursday, April 14, 7:00 pm, Wang Center Theater  




April 30, 2011

buddhaBuddhism Study & Practice Group Living Chan Workshop

by Abbot Guo-Xing and Nancy Bonardi

Workshop Highlights:
At each present moment we can choose either happiness or suffering. In our actual lives, at each present moment, all the people and all the objects we have contact with in our environment give rise various feelings of happiness or suffering in us.  The physical and mental karma produced in each present moment can be chosen through the concepts and practices of living Chan.

Image of Mind
Many people continuously and repeatedly dwell on unhappy memories of the past.  Through the concepts and practices of Living Chan, they come to the realization that these memories do not represent the present reality, allowing them to break free of the past and start anew.

Please wear comfortable clothing and arrive by 9:00 am. Bring a cushion, towel, socks. Free for students. $20 teacher's donation suggested for non-students. To register, email:

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Saturday, April 30, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Wang Center, Room 301


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