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Indie Rock Band Johnny HIFI performance and workshop on "Passion and Profession"

Panel Discussion: 8-9 PM
Performance: 9-10 PM , Opening by Wesleyan's own APPLES FOR IMMIGRANTS

Asian American Indie Rock band, Johnny Hi-Fi, will perform and lead a workshop on "Passion and Profession". One critic calls them the "Radiohead of the boy-band generation". Another reviewer created for them a new genre "Asian-Britpop". Their fans simply call them the "American Coldplay". They have toured all over the US and Asia. All of band members are full time professionals such as doctor, IT ceo, graphic designer etc., as well as members of Johnny HiFi. They will come and share their music but also hold a workshop on their experiences as both band members and full time professionals, the pressures they faced from their parents and peers, and how they currently maintain this tenuous balance between working full time and expanding their creative and artistic talents through music. The discussion will begin at 8 and the performance at 9 pm. Wesleyan's own Apples for Immigrants will open Johnny HiFi's performance with a fifteen minute set.

Begin your Saturday evening with good music and good conversation as musicians share their personal experiences.

Location: 200 Church St.
DATE: April 28, 2007

Past Events 

Chinese Lunar New Year

Feb 17, 2007 is the traditional Chinese New Year Eve. This celebration is
filled with cultural cuisines, traditional performances, and an
interactive Q&A session. Since the Chinese New Year is also celebrated in
Korea, Vietnam, and Singapore, other student groups to will participate in
this big festival! This year’s program highlights include: Korean
drumming, a Fashion Show of traditional costume and performance by A
cappella groups.  Every guest with receive a Hong Bao—red pocket (another
New Year tradition)—which will be used for a raffle.
Location: MPR Campus Center
Time: 6-9PM
Sponsored by the Chinese Student Association (CSA), Taiwanese Cultural
Society (TCS), Vietnamese Student Group, Singaporean Student Group, Korean
Student Association (KSA), Chinese House, AAA House, and the Freeman
Asian/Asian American Initiative

Abigail Washburn

Saturday, March 31, 8pm
Crowell Concert Hall
$12 A, $10 B, $6 C Online ticketing now available!

Songwriter and recording artist Abigail Washburn brings her unique blend of Appalachian mountain music and haunting Chinese melodies to Wesleyan for an evening of music, history and crossing cultural boundaries. Merging her love of China with her own American roots music background, Washburn sings and plays folk songs and original material in both Chinese and English. Washburn comments,"...I want to keep going to China and living a creative existence. I want to learn more about Chinese folk traditions, so I can integrate them into my music and continue to be a part of the development of a more universal language." Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts


Sunday, Dec. 10th

Feel it for yourself: support Wesleyan's own Japanese drumming student forum as they provide an introduction to taiko, with guest instructor Mark H Rooney of Odaiko New England!  Taiko (in this case, kumidaiko, or ensemble taiko) is a uniquely thrilling percussive form, encompassing a wide range of styles. From the time-honored convention of exuberant amateur accompaniment at Japan's many traditional cultural festivals, to modern, highly choreographed feats of physical endurance and ability (as epitomized by such world-class groups as KODO), all taiko is bolstered by a deep sense of community-building.  So come share in what promises to be a FUN (and informative) time for all!

Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Admission: Free

For more info, email selmaleh@wesleyan.edu.
Co-sponsored by the Freeman Asian/Asian American Initiative

Thursday, December 7
Singing the Way Home: A Personal Research into Hokkien Dialect Songs
Ang Gey Pin, performer

Raised in Singapore in a time when the use of dialects was strictly restricted, theater artist Ang Gey Pin describes how she searched for songs in her family's Chinese Hokkien dialect. In this talk, Ms. Pin emphasizes the connection between imagination and memory, linking the process of recovering cultural heritage to her own creative experience as a performer. Ms. Pin is a former member of the Work Center of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, and this fall she is premiering her new performance By the Way for Wesleyan's Center for the Arts Outside the Box series.

Location: Mansfield Freeman Center For East Asian Studies
Phone (860) 685-2330 for more information
Time: 4:30PM

Friday, December 1
Presentations of Last Summer's  Research Conducted by the  Recipients of the Freeman Asian/Asian American Initiative Summer Research Grant.

Cecil Apostol, Kim Baskin, Lisa Cunningham, Sarah Fajardo, Ben Fash, Nicole Gentile, Nick Nauman, Annie Park, Jean Park, Joshua Stevens, Nhi Ha Truong, Jeffrey Walker, and Dan Zolli

Each student will have 10 minutes to present their research. Click here to visit their executive summaries and papers. Reception to follow!

Click here, to see if you are eligible and are interested in applying for this year's summer research grant.

Location: Mansfield Freeman Center For East Asian Studies
Seminar Room
Contact: Stanford M. Forrester(860) 685-3425 for more information
Time: 2:15-5:00PM with a reception to follow

Thursday, November 9
Asian Migrations and Intimacy
Nayan Shah, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Freeman Asian/Asian American Initiative

Professor Shah's lecture, drawn from his new research project, pursues the history of migration of men from the province of Punjab in British colonial India to Canada and the United States from 1890-1950. Court cases illuminate how regulatory systems shape subjectivity, social dynamics, and categories of race and sexuality in 20th-century North America. Nayan Shah, author of Contagious Divides:Epidemics and Race in San Francisco's Chinatown, is currently teaching a course at Wesleyan on the history of interracial  and intercultural intimacy generated by the migrations from Asia in the Americas.

Location: Mansfield Freeman Center For East Asian Studies
Phone (860) 685-2330 for more information
Time: 4:30PM

Friday, November 10

Asia, Asian Americans and African Americans through the prism of the Cold War militarism, social movements and gender.

The forum will explore American wars of the twentieth century and their impact on the Asia/Pacific region and on Asian migration and Diasporas.  We will explore how the history of wartime service, dislocation, and devastation generated the terrain of intimate collaborations, traumatic exchanges and political transformations for Asian peasants, soldiers, entertainers and workers; Asian American migrants and refugees; and African American soldiers and activists. These subjects of wartime mobilization, dislocation, and resistance are often considered subsidiary to the popularly dramatized and conventional epic history of military and political power of competing empire-states and nation-states, the United States, Japan, China and the Soviet Union, that have contended for dominance in the Pacific Rim.  This forum will engage how research on trauma, intimacy, and cross-racial and cross-cultural collaboration that offers fresh perspectives on everyday politics and social affiliations of Asians, Asian Americans and African Americans that have been proximate and enmeshed through the Pacific Wars.  These projects help us in exploring contemporary political and social movements that circulate transnationally in the Asian diaspora and African diaspora in the era of the U.S. war on terror and the continuing militarization and war of the twentieth-first century in Asia.

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Americas, the Center for African American Studies, and the Freeman Center for East Asian Studies.


Scott Wong, Williams College
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu
, Ohio
State University, Revolutionary Travelers:  Peoples Diplomacy, Third World Internationalism and American Orientalism
Daniel Widener, University of California
San Diego, "They Did Not Like White People Very Much: the Korean War in the African American anticolonial imagination"
Grace M. Cho, City University of New York College of Staten Island , Traumatizing the Discourse of Honorary Whiteness:  Assimilation as an Effect of War

Daniel Kim, Brown University
Renee Romano, Wesleyan University

Location: Center for African American Studies
Time:2-4 pm with reception to follow
Contact: Stanford M. Forrester (860) 685-3425 <<or>> bottlerockets_99@yahoo.com

San Jose Taiko

Friday, September 29, 8pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Tickets: $19 A, $17 B, $6 C

The music of San Jose Taiko weaves traditional Japanese sounds with the beat of world rhythms. By fusing ritual drumming with contemporary jazz, Latin and African rhythms, these performers express the beauty and harmony of the human spirit through the voice of Taiko, while at the same time astounding audiences with their power, energy and precision. Co-sponsored by the Freeman Asian/Asian-American Initiative and the Office of the President.

For information please visit the Center For the Arts website.

"Exuberant, appealing and meticulously drilled, San Jose Taiko seem to genuinely love performing."
-San Jose Mercury News


Sunday, April 2nd
Film: The Jew in the Lotus

In 1990, eight Jewish delegates traveled to Dharamsala, India, to meet with the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet and share the secret of Jewish spiritual survival in exile. When writer Rodger Kamenetz was invited to go along to chronicle the event, unexpectedly, his whole life changed. Kamenetz begins an intense personal journey that leads him back to his Jewish roots. As he discovers, sometimes you have to go far away to find your way home.

Inspired by Kamenetz's best selling book, The Jew in the Lotus,award
winning filmmaker Laurel Chiten's (Twitch and Shout) documentary fills in what the book left out. Focusing on the author's particular odyssey of suffering and the role of spirituality as a universal theme, this film touches audien ces on deep emotional levels. It does not put itself forth as a definitive look at Judaism or Buddhism but is a complete portrait of a man who is still in the process of formation.
The Jew in the Lotus is a 60 minute, 16mm documentary film. It has screened around the world and was broadcast nationwide on the PBS program Independent Lens. It has been honored with Most Outstanding Personal Vision from the New England Film and Video festival.

Location: Buddhist House, 7pm
Sponsored by the Buddhist House, The Freeman Asian/Asian American Initiative, The Film House, & Bayit.



Monday, February 20th
Film: From A Silk Cocoon (Directed by Satsuki Ina & Casey Peek)

From a Silk Cocoon is a true story based on the letters exchanged between a young Japanese American couple, Itaru and Shizuko Ina, while imprisoned in two separate American prison camps during World War II. Labled as "disloyal" and deemed "enemy aliens dangerous to the public peace and safety of the United States," they struggle to prove their innocence and fight deportation.

Center for Film Studies, Screening Room 100

Thursday, February 23rd
The Columbus Exchange: Trans-Pacific Confrontation, 16th to 20th Century by Distinguished Visiting Scholar Evelyn Hu-DeHart

The Columbus Exchange usually refers to social relationships and cultural interactions that developed between Europe and America after 1492. Professor Hu-DeHart proposes to shift the center of this phenomenon by locating its focal point in the Pacific, to examine movements and exchanges of peoples, ideas, and cultures across the Pacific, from Asia to Latin America, from the colonial period to the present day.  This lecture uncovers much of what is hidden, discovers what is unknown, while reconstructing and reinterpreting some of the familiar.

Co-sponsored with the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian
Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
Time: 4:30 PM

Monday, February 27th
Film: The Great Raid
With Joint Introduction by Professors William Johnston and  Richard Elphick

Set in the Philippines in 1945, THE GREAT RAID tells the true story of the 6th Ranger Battalion, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Mucci (Benjamin Bratt) who undertake a daring rescue mission against all odds. Traveling thirty miles behind enemy lines, the 6th Ranger Battalion aims to liberate over 500 American prisoners-of-war from the notorious Cabanatuan Japanese POW camp in the most audacious rescue ever.

Location: Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies
Time: 8PM

Reception follows

Sponsored by PINOY (The Filipino Student Organization) & the Freeman Asian/Asian American Initiative

Saturday, January 28, 2006
Chinese New Year Celebration 2006

January 28, 2006 is the traditional Chinese New Year Eve. This celebration is filled with cultural cuisines, traditional performances, and an interactive Q&A session. Since the Chinese New Year is also celebrated in Korea, Vietnam, and Singapore, other student groups to will participate in this big festival! This year’s program highlights include: Korean drumming, a Fashion Show of traditional costume, and a brief description of lion-head dance.  Every guest with receive a Hong Baored pocket (another New Year tradition)—which will be used for a raffle.

MPR Campus Center
Time: , 6-9PM
Sponsored by the Chinese Student Association (CSA), Taiwanese Cultural Society (TCS), Vietnamese Student Group, Singaporean Student Group, Korean Student Association (KSA), Chinese House, AAA House, and the Freeman Asian/Asian American Initiative

Tuesday, October 25th & 26th
Open House
Host by Distinguished Visiting Professor Evelyn Hu-DeHart

An invitation to Wesleyan students to meet Evelyn Hu-Dehart,  Distinguished visiting professor for the Freeman Asian/ Asian American Initiative.

Professor Hu-DeHart is Professor of History and Ethnic Studies, and Director of the Center for Ethnicity at Brown University.  During Academic Year 2005-2006, she will be visiting at Wesleyan as a part of the Freeman Asian/Asian American Initiative.  She invites Wesleyan students to an Open House on the following days to meet her and find out more about the seminar she will be teaching in the Spring on "Diaspora and Transnationalism."

Tuesday, October 25, 4-6 PM/Center for the Americas, Room 3
Wednesday, October 26, 2-4 PM/ The Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies

If you can't make any of these days, please email Professor Hu-DeHart for an appointment some other day. Email: ehudehart@wesleyan.edu

Tuesday, November 1st
Presentation of Summer Research Papers

All Wesleyan students, faculty, & staff are invited to hear the presentations of last year's recipients of the Freeman Asian/Asian American Initiative Summer Research Grant. The presenters are: Mara Baldwin, Tara Fickle, Luling Osofsky, Ian Rios, Arijit Sen, Andrea Siu, Alex Weber and Steven Wengrovitz.

Information will also be available on how to apply for this year's summer research grant.

To see the presenters' papers and executive summaries please go to the "Summer Research Grants" on this website.

Location: The Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 1st floor gallery
Date: Novemeber 1, 2005
Time: 4:30-6:30 PM
Co-sponsored by the The Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
Questions should be directed to Stanford M. Forrester at: sforrester@wesleyan.edu


Thursday, November 10th
Talk by
Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Jomo Kwame Sundaram (Jomo K. S.) is Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations. He will be giving a talk entitled: "Making Poverty History: Economic Developement in a Flat World".

Mr. Sundaram was Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and Founder Chair of IDEAs, or International Development Economics Associates (www.ideaswebsite.org), and Professor in the Applied Economics Department, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, until late 2004.

Born in Penang, Malaysia, in 1952, Jomo studied at the Penang Free School (PFS, 1964-6), Royal Military College (RMC, 1967-70), Yale (1970-3) and Harvard (1973-7). He has taught at three universities in Malaysia, as well as Harvard, Yale, Cornell and Cambridge universities. He has authored over 35 monographs, edited over 50 books and translated 11 volumes besides writing many academic papers and articles for the media. He is on the editorial boards of several learned journals.

Location: Memorial Chapel
Date: November 10th
8:30 PM

Thursday, December 1, 2005
Itchu Miyako:Shamisen Master

The shamisen is a banjo-like lute with three silk strings that has dominated folk and classical Japanese music for almost three centuries.  Itchu Miyako XII, a leader of this tradition, brings together an ensemble of premier artists featuring three shamisen players, three buyo dancers and five percussionists.  The colorful program is based on Miyako's Tsuzure Oto (Woven Sound). For more information please contact the Wesleyan Box Office.

Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Date: December 1
Time: 8 PM

Thursday, April 21, 2005
Talk by Helie Lee

Who are the people of North Korea and why should it concern us in the United States? Amid all the talk of nuclear weapons and the current tense U.S. relations with the Korean peninsula, come join us for an intriguing examination of the humanitarian face of North Korea. Helie Lee, nationally recognized author and public speaker, will share her family’s inspiring and eye-opening personal experiences in North Korea. She will be retelling her daring mission to rescue members of her lost family out of North Korea, one of the most repressive countries in the world.  Lee’s story has already been featured on Oprah, Nightline, CNN, the Associated Press, CBS News, Los Angeles Times, and various broadcasting stations and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad.

Helie Lee is the author of the national bestseller Still Life With Rice (Scribner 1996), and In The Absence of Sun (Harmony Books 2002), memoirs in which she chronicles her family’s experience in war-torn Korea from the 1930s to 1997. 

Lee’s work, In The Absence of Sun, specifically details her Korean-American family's risky attempt to rescue her uncle from North Korea.  The story has been featured on Nightline, CNN, the Associated Press, NBC Nightly News, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, People Magazine, Life & Times, Today Show, and Oprah. She has spoken at Stanford, Princeton, USC, UCLA, Northeastern University, Amherst, the Korean American Coalition, the Korean Youth Community Center, KASCON, The Museum of Tolerance, CNN, AsiaWeek, and NPR.  Her courageous story led Cosmopolitan Magazine to select Lee out of thousands of women nominated for their "1999 Fun Fearless Female" competition as a "Freedom Fighter." 

Lee is on the board of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, a member of the Asian American Writers Workshop, PEN, a community of writers defending freedom of expression and building a literary culture, and Visual Communications, a nonprofit organization that promotes Asian Pacific media arts for the American public. 

Lee lectures around the country on her bicultural heritage and human rights issues for North Korea refugees. Ultimately, Lee embraces her responsibility as an ambassador of Korean history and culture by creating awareness through stories that serve as a floodlight on the closed world of North Korea.

Memorial Chapel
Date: April 21st
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free of  Charge


Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Jeffrey Santa Ana, Lecture

Professor Santa Ana will be giving a lecture entitled: "Feeling Multiracial: Emotions, Immigration, and the Geopolitics of Mixed Race America "
Racially mixed people are a hot commodity in today’s consumer market.  To be mixed race is in, as an ideal of global culture that is everywhere, in fashion magazines, on billboards, and in the window displays of downtown businesses, all capitalizing on racial mixture as a lucrative market.  The rise of mixed race as a transnational commodity coincides with today's political demand for a distinctive mixed race identity as a census category.  However, this demand for a mixed race identity raises a host of pressing questions.  For starters, is the multiracial claim essentially an individualistic concern?   Does the notion of a distinctive mixed race identity risk erasing monoracial categories (of Latina/o, Asian, Native, and African American)?  Focusing on cultural and literary representations of "mixed race" in an era of globalization, this lecture critiques the current fetish for—and politics of— mixed race identification.  A central concern will be the way mixed race functions in the U.S. national imaginary as well as in the global corporate economy.  The lecture concludes with an argument about how U.S. ethnic writers portray mixed race people as embodying the emotional contradictions of global capitalism: that is, our fears, anxieties, and uncertainties of living as subjects of globalization in a time of colorblindness in class-divided American society.  

lecture at 4:30 pm at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies

Admission is free of charge and this event is open to the community. Refreshments provided.


Friday, April 15, 2005

"Mabuhay" - literally meaning "to live" in Tagalog and also carrying the implied meaning of "welcome" - is Wesleyan University's annual Asian/Asian American show on campus.  An extravaganza of both traditional and contemporary dancing, martial arts, spoken word, films, singing, and comedy, Mabuhay above all is a grand celebration of life.  You will laugh, you will cry, - you may even end up learning a thing or two.  Mabuhay is without question the one show of the year no one can afford to miss! Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office.  $1 from each ticket will be donated to tsunami relief.
Time:  8:00PM
Date:  Friday, April 15, 2005
Location::Crowell Concert Hall

Wednesday, April 13, 2005
An Evening of Shinnai: Traditional Japanese Story-telling in Song

Traditional Japanese story-telling in song performed by Tsuruga Wakasanojo XI, a
 "Japanese living National Treasure". The program will be a combined Lecture and Demonstration.

Location: World Music Hall
Date: Wednesday, April 13. 2005
Time: 8 PM
Admission: No Charge



Saturday, April 9, 2005
Chia Ti Chiu

ChiaTi Chiu, a highly acclaimed Taiwanese American performance poet and teaching artist, has performed nationally at theatres and universities and at New York City venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, and 13 Bar/Lounge. She was a Nuyorican Slam Finalist in 2000, and her publications include Dark Phrases, Rising (UK), and Tribes Magazine, as well as a self-produced chapbook called Fleeting Shadows. She will be speaking on April 9 (Saturday) from 4:00~5:30 on Asian American identity and her own personal journey through her discovery and acceptance of her Asian American-ness.
Location: (tentatively) 200 Church Street
Date: Saturday, April 9. 2005
Time: 4:30-6:30 PM
Admission: No Charge


Saturday, February 26, 2005
Yosuke Yamashita's New York Trio, Jazz performance

The New York Trio is one of the best examples of cultural exchange between Japan and the United States. Their 2003 worldwide tour celebrated their 15-year anniversary.  The Trio's founder, internationally renowned jazz pianist, Yosuke Yamashita, is a household celebrity in Japan who has recorded over fifty albums. He has toured throughout Europe since 1974 and has made annual appearances on the jazz scene in New York. In 1988, Yamashita formed his "New York Trio" with bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Pheeroan akLaff. Their recent worldwide tour celebrating their fifteen-year anniversary also commemorated the 150th anniversary of US-Japan relations. Pheeroan akLaff is a private lessons teacher at Wesleyan University.


Location: Crowell Concert Hall
8:00pm performance
Tickets: $12 general, $10 seniors, Wesleyan faculty/staff, $6 Wesleyan students
For more information about Center for the Arts events, please contact the box office at  (860) 685-3355 or e-mail us at box office@wesleyan.edu

Thursday, February 17th


SUHEIR HAMMAD (Poet), who hails from Brooklyn, has been called "a new voice with an authentic blend of language that's her own, and music that belongs to the streets" (Elmaz Abinader, author of Children of the Roojme). Suheir's appearance on the debut episode of HBO's "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry" merited generous media praise. Her work has been published in numerous periodicals, including The Amsterdam News Essence, STRESS Hip-Hop Magazine and the Middle East Report; in anthologies including New to North America (Burning Bush Press), Listen Up! (Ballantyne), The Space Between Our Footsteps (Simon & Schuster) and 33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women's History (Crown Publishers). Her books Born Palestinian, Born Black and Drops of This Story, both published by Harlem River Press, have received critical acclaim:"[Born Palestinian, Born Black] is about culture, conflict and consciousness... I was born Black and Suheir Hammad has taught me what it means to be a Palestinian... this book opens a door." - E. Ethelbert Miller, Director, African American Resource Center, Howard University. Suheir's poetry has been featured on the BBC World Service and National Public Radio. She has also appeared at universities and prisons throughout the United States.
BEAU SIA is a Chinese-American poet from Oklahoma City.  Beau has been featured in the award-winning film Slam and the documentary Slam Nation. As an author, Beau wrote the poetry book Night Without Armor II: The Revenge.  A few of the anthologies his work appears in, include, Def Poetry Jam on Broadway... and more, Why Freedom Matters, and Spoken Word Revolution.  Beau has two spoken word CD's, Attack! Attack! Go!  and Dope and Wack. He was a recipient of the California Arts Council Writer-in-Residence grant for Youth Speaks in 2001-2002, and was the lead artist for the Creative Work Fund.  Beau has appeared on all seasons of HBO's "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry," and has also performed on ESPN's 2000 Winter X-Games, Showtime! at The Apollo, and the 2003 Tony Awards. He is one of the original cast members in Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, a 2003 Special Event Tony Award Winner, and has recently toured with Declare Yourself, a project dedicated to increasing the number of young voters in this past 2004 election.  This year, he plans to further develop all aspects of his craft, staying open to what that may bring him.  His home base is beausia.com and he does what he wants.
Co-sponsored by Affirmative Action Office, Asian American Student Coalition, Center for African American Studies, Center for the Arts, Dean of the College and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, The Freeman Asian/Asian American  Initiative, Jewish and Israel Studies Program, Students for a Free Palestine, Womens' Studies Program, and  Writers' Block.                              

Thursday, February 17

Time: 7 PM
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Tickets $3.00 at CFA Box Office X33


Tuesday, February 15th

Learn Tai Chi with Master Zhang Zhao Xun

(Taught in Chinese with English translation)

Tai Chi Quan integrates the philosophy of Taoism with the principles of martial arts techniques. It is proven that with regular practice Tai Chi Quan promotes vitality, clear mindedness, and overall health and well being.

Chen style Xiyi Hun Taiji Quan was developed by one of China's greatest living martial artists, Grand Master Feng Zhi Qiang.  This particular style of Taiji Quan incorporates elements of Chen style, Qigong, Xingyi Quan, Bugua Zhang and Tongbei Quan.  It emphasizes maintaining a deep level of relaxation, the development of internal energy, and increased flexibility of the joints, tendons, and ligaments. The smooth, circular body movements of this style generate significant energy for overall health and martial applications.

Master Zhang Zhao Xun is a 19th generation master of Chen style Tai Chi Quan, a 2nd Generation master of Huan Yuan Tai Chi Quan and a 4th generation master of Bagua Zhang.

Date: February 15th
Location: Woodhead Lounge
Time: 4:30-5:30 pm
Admission is free


February 3rd & 5th, 2005
Lunar New Year Celebration

 Lunar New Year Celebration Schedule

Thursday, February 3rd/Dumpling workshop
- 4:00-6:00pm at AAA House (107 High Street)

Saturday, February 5th
- 6:00-10:00pm  on the 3rd  & 4th  floors MPR (Campus Center)
- 4:30pm to 6:00pm: Setup
- 5:30pm to 6:00pm: Chinese Graduate Students/KSA/CSA/Chinese House arrive with their dishes for potluck. - 5:45pm: Chinese Takeout Arrives
- 6:15pm to 6:45pm: Mini-Cultural Show first half. Performers:
       Chinese Ensemble; Dance by Ada Fung.  Korean Tradition Game with Prizes.
- 6:45pm to 7:00pm: Intermission/Food distributed
- 7:00pm to 7:30pm: Cultural Show second half. Performers:
        Korean Drumming. A cappella group Outside In. Chinese game with prizes.
- 7:30pm to 7:45pm: After meal clean up
- 7:45pm to 10:00pm: Movie show. (Movie to be announced, possible candidate: “A world without thieves”.)
- 10:00pm to 11:00pm: Clean-up

4th floor conference rooms
- 6:00pm-6:45pm: Food preparations
- 6:45pm-7:00pm: Chess/mahjong/calligraphy setup
- 7:30pm-9:30pm: Games (chess/mahjong/calligraphy)
- 9:30pm-10:30pm: Clean-up

Organizing Parties: CSA (Chinese Student Association), KSA (Korean Student Association), East Asian Studies Department, Chinese House, TCS (Taiwanese Cultural Society), AAA house.

Parties involved: Chinese/Chinese American Undergraduate; Korean/Korean American Undergraduate; Chinese Graduated Students; Chinese/Korean Language Students; East Asian Studies Faculty / Families; General Student Body who is interested in Chinese culture and traditions. The Freeman Asian/Asian American Initiative.


Asian Film Festival at Wesleyan University
December 6, 7, & 9, 2004


Zatoichi and the Doomed Man (Zatoichi Sakate-Giri)

With 25 film sequels and upwards of 100 TV episodes, Shintaro Katsu is the legendary Zatoichi! He's a low-ranking blind masseur who lives by the Yakuza code and answers his foes with a deadly cane sword. By far, one of Japan's most time-honored screen personas. Zatoichi is, to this day, the ultimate everyman anti-hero.

Paired with a witty, harmless con man, Shintaro Katsu mixes intoxicating swordplay and side-splitting slapstick in a tale where Zatoich's fate collides with an innocent man facing execution.

1965, Color, 88 Minutes, In Japanese with English subtitles.
Location: The Screening Room/The Center for Film Studies/Room 100
Date: December 6, 2004
Time: 7:30 PM



Green Tea

Made immediately after I Love You (2002), Green Tea also takes a look at male/female relationships, but with its glossy colors and stunning, immaculately lit compositions, it couldn’t be further away from the intense documentary realism and emotional turmoil of Zhang Yuan’s previous film.

Location: The Screening Room/The Center for Film Studies/Room 100
Date: December 7, 2004
Time: 7:30 PM

Everybody has secrets

Can a secret make people happy? Can larger secrets make people more happy? What if they are about your lover who flirted with your sisters? Director Jang Hyeon-soo says "yes" in his new film "Everybody Has a Secret. "The Romantic Comedy, a remake of the 2002 Irish flick "About Adam," is about a handsome, intelligent guy who secretly falls in love with three sisters is a chant to playboys.

Mi-yeong (Kim Hyo-jin), a jazz vocalist and the youngest of the three sisters, has a crush on a good-looking, cool guy who dropped by the jazz bar where she sings. That was Soo-hyun (Lee Byung-hun), a man born to be a Don Juan. An advocate of free sex who thinks love is like a shopping, Mi-yeong tells her sister Seon-yeong (Choi Ji-woo) that Soo-hyun is perfect and like a man who just walked out of a novel. She later asks him to marry her.

Korean/English subtitles
Location: The Screening Room/The Center for Film Studies
Date: December 9, 2004
Time: 7:30 PM

Discussion Forum on Asian American Sexuality
with Professor Allan Isaac (English Dept) and Freeman Post Doctoral Fellow Anita Mannur (East Asian Studies)

Forum Format:
7-10 minutes of media clips
10 minutes of each professor speaking
30 minutes to discuss 2 general questions: portrayal of Asian sexuality, possession/ objectification (eg sex tourism, mail-order brides)
index cards handed out beforehand to provide an opportunity for people  to anonymously ask questions
hosted by AAA House and Asian American Student Collective

Day/date: Wed, December  8th
Time: 4:30-6pm
Location: To be announced

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Imelda, Film

Few contemporary political figures have been as controversial and outspoken- even misunderstood- as Imelda Marcos, the former Philippine First Lady and subject of Ramona Diaz's compelling and provocative new film, IMELDA, which had its world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and its North American premiere in
official documentary competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
IMELDA marks the first time that Mrs. Marcos has agreed to tell her story. This feature documentary details her controversial rise from humble provincial origins with a combination of guile, ambition and beauty to become one of the richest and most powerful women in contemporary world history.

Film at the CFA Theatre at 8:00 pm.

Monday, November 1, 2004                              

Martin F. Manalansan IV, Lecture

Professor Manalansan of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will give a lecture entitled: "Fenced-out Lives: Queers of Color and Neoliberal Spatial Politics in New York City".

Professor Manalansan will examine the contours of emergent practices of policing, marketing and consumption of traditionally queers of color spaces in New York City. Utilizing enthnographic fieldworks, he extends Lisa Duggan's concept of "homonormativity" or the sexual politics of neoliberalism as the background and driving forces in new forms of governance and insidious forms of "gentrification". As such, queers of color are in the middle of discrepant narratives that stake out urban spaces and venues in the early twenty-first century.

lecture at 4:30 pm at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies

Admission is free of charge and this event is open to the community. Refreshments provided.

April 14, 2004 

Lok Siu, Lecture

Professor Lok Siu of New York University will give a lecture entitled: "Queen of Chinese Diaspora: Performing Race, Gender, and Nation".

The lecture explores the beauty contest of Chinese in Central America and Panama as a microcosm of the larger diaspora. As a site where difference is performed and negotiated, the beauty contest elucidates the various contradictions, tensions, and conflicts within and among the different Chinese communities of this region. Situating the beauty contest in historical context, the paper also shows how localization of transnational processes is shifting not only the meaning of Chineseness but also the terms of diasporic Chinese belonging.
at 8:00 pm at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
Admission is free of charge and this event is open to the community.

 April 10, 2004 

This day-long series of presenters and panels will feature topics such as:

*Fugitive Pedagogy: A re-examination of the way we conceptualize the space, history, and  identities of the "immigrants" vs. "refugees".

*One-Woman Shows: Two collections of monologues, one dealing with Filipino immigrant experiences and the other with women of color in America.

*The development of Chinatowns in Yokohama, Japan and London, England

*How the consumption of Japanese food in the United States after the 1960s reflects the way Americans think about Japan and Japanese Americans.

*Japanese immigration to Hawaii

*The international matchmaking industry and its effects on Filipinas in America

Student Conference: 10:00 am - 4:00pm
Location: PAC OO1 & 002
Admission is free of charge

Bao Phi & Giles Li, Asian American Spoken Word Artists

Thien-bao Thus Phi was born in Saigon , Viet Nam and raised in the Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis. He is the undefeated Slam champion of the Macalester Cultural House Poetry Slam, where the Grand Prize is named after him. Bao Phi is also published in various literary magazines and anthologies, including the Def Poetry Jam Anthology. He will appear in the 3rd season of HBO's DEF Poetry Jam. He has performed and taught workshops at numerous rallies, universities, and community organizations around the nation.

Giles Lung-Hwa Li came into the world in 1978 in Boston as the son of two Chinese immigrants. He attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in public affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He also serves on the staff of the Coalition for Asian Pacific American Youth in Boston. He formed the Asian American spoken word duo re:verse with Leah Taguba in 2000; they dropped their debut CD Regarding Verse in early 2002. His first chapbook of poetry, The Only Poet Left is Mei, was published in 2001.

Performance: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Malcom X House
Admission is free of charge

February 12, 2004                                               

SamulNori, Korean Drum Ensemble 

Thunderous and engrossing, the intricate rhythms of SamulNori have entranced audiences around the world. Accompanied by dancers whose movements are accented by flame-like paper streamers suspended from their hats, these four percussion players perform their unique and intoxicating rhythms with impeccable precision and will guide you on a journey through the colors, sounds, and movements of traditional Korean music and dance. 

Crowell Concert Hall at 8pm
Tickets: $10 A, $8 B, $5 C

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts, the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, and the Music Department.





February 4, 2004

Poetry reading at the Russell House and lecture at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, "Only What We Could Carry: A presentation regarding the WWII Japanese  American internment experience."

Lawson Fusao Inada, poet

Lawson Fusao Inada, winner of the 1994 American Book Award for Legends from the Camp and Oregon State Poet in 1991, is a significant figure in Asian American poetry and literature.  He has received a number of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. His poetry spans from his personal experiences in a Japanese American internment camp during WW II to tributes to well known jazz musicians.  Mr. Inada was featured on  "CBS Sunday Morning." He was one of twenty-one poets to be honored at the White House, for a "Salute to Poetry and American Poets."

Lecture at 4:30 pm at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies

Poetry Reading at 8:00 pm at the Russell House

Co-sponsored by the The Russell House, Wesleyan Writing Program, The Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Center for the Americas, and Center for African American Studies.



March 31, 2004 

Joshua Roth, Lecture

Professor Joshua Roth of Mount Holyoke College will give a lecture entitled: "Mean Spirited or Civic Minded? Japanese Brazilian Croquet in Sao Paulo's Public Spaces".

In many public parks and sports centers that dot the vast undulating concrete surface of Sao Paulo, elderly Japanese immigrants and their descendants play "gateball" a game based on croquet developed in Japan in 1947 and brought to Brazil in 1979. The City of Sao Paulo offers the public a variety of recreational facilities to support activities with broad appeal such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, and swimming. It is more difficult to justify the use of public spaces and funds, however, for a sport that is practiced almost exclusively by a single ethnic group. Japanese Brazilian historical memory  partially motivates their enthusiasm for gateball, an enthusiasm that propels them into public spaces. Other strategies justify their use of public spaces for private purposes. This investigation provides a revealing perspective not only on the social and cultural lives of Japanese Brazilians, but also on their peculiar position within larger context of ethnic relations in Sao Paulo and a transnational Japanese diaspora.

Lecture at 8:00 pm at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
Admission is free of charge and this event is open to the community.

November 9, 2003  

Regie Cabico, spoken word poet

Winner of top prizes at numerous National Poetry Slams and a three-time recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry and Performance Art, Regie Cabico is a Filipino-American spoken word artist who has appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, PBS' In the Life Series, and MTV's Free Your Mind Spoken Word Tour. Anthologized in over 30 volumes of poetry, his autobiographical work often deals with being a young gay Filipino man growing up in a strict Catholic family.  Writes The Village Voice: "Cabico, with his naked emotionalism and wry theatricality makes excellent smarmy diva material!"

"A whirlwind of comedic timing & brilliant spoken word!"
                                                      --Seattle Weekly

Location: World Music Hall, Wesleyan University
Admission is free of charge.

Co-sponsored by the Supplemental Events Fund English Department, the Theater Department, and  Wesleyan University Press.


Gallery Talk on Davison Art Center Exhibition "Performing Images, Embodying Race"

October 15, 2003

Robert G. Lee and Mari Yoshihara will give a gallery talk on the Davison Art Center exhibition Performing Images, Embodying Race: The Orientalized Body in Early 20th-Century U.S. Performance & Visual Culture.

Drawing on a wide range of print media, the exhibition offers a critical view of how images of real and imagined Chinese, Japanese, and Asian American performance supported racial ideology.

The speakers are prominent authors of scholarly books on related topics. Robert G. Lee is an Associate Professor of American Civilization at Brown University and the author of Orientals: Asian Americans in Popular Culture (Temple University Press, 1999). An Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Mari Yoshihara is the author of Embracing the East: White Women and American Orientalism (Oxford University Press, 2003). The talk will take place at 7 P.M.; the gallery will be open from 12-8 P.M. that day. Admission is free of charge.

The gallery talk is sponsored by Wesleyan University's Davison Art Center, Freeman Asian/Asian American Initiative, Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Department of Art and Art History Samuel Silipo '85 Distinguished Visitor Fund, American Studies Program, English Department, Music Department, Theater Department, and Women's Studies Program.

The exhibition will be on view from October 15 through December 12 (closed November 26-30). Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 12-4 P.M. The Davison Art Center is located at 301 High Street in Middletown, Connecticut. For further information, phone (860) 685-2500 or visit the DAC website at www.wesleyan.edu/dac/exhb/current.html



September 16, 2003

Jason Kao Hwang's Far East Side Band & Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings with special guest Jay Hoggard
Performance: Wesleyan Asian-American Jazz Mini-Festival

The creative music known as "jazz" is universally recognized as one of the great artistic contributions of American culture. From its original roots in the music of African-Americans, Africa and Western Europe, so called "jazz" has incorporated music and musicians from around the world. One of the most interesting developments of the past 25 years has been the emergence of a generation of Asian-Americans who bring a new set of cultural perspectives and musical influences to the music.

Like the terms "Asian-American" and "jazz", this burgeoning Asian-American jazz scene cannot be easily described or pigeon-holed. It ranges from musicians incorporating traditional Asian instruments into modern improvised contexts, to Asian-American artists using jazz as a means of expressing personal, cultural, and political identity, to musicians who happen to play jazz and be Asian-Americans and are proud of the tangled historical legacies of both. It includes artists like Fred Ho, Jason Kao Hwang, Jon Jang, Jin Hi Kim, Francis Wong, Tatsu Aoki, Miya Masoaka, and many others. All individuals with different personalities, different agendas, and different music, but all artists who have stayed true to the core motivation of jazz musicians from the beginning: using the music as a means of personal expression and musical innovation.

Major festivals celebrating the Asian-American jazz scene have been held in San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston.  Wesleyan's festival will be a modest, but an exciting addition, and a fitting musical event for an institution widely respected for its contributions to bringing world music and jazz to a university setting.  This festival will feature the Far Side Band, led by one of the most celebrated performer and composer in the Asian-American jazz scence, Jason Kao Hwang: and SpiderMonkey Strings, led by one of the most acclaimed young Asian-American voices, Taylor Ho Bynum (also presently a graduate student in composition at Wesleyan), with special guest, Wesleyan's own master vibraphonist Jay Hoggard. In addition, each band features some of the most creative improvising musicians on the east coast!

Location: World Music Hall, Wesleyan University


May 14, 2003

K. Scott Wong
Lunch Forum: "The Good Asian in the Good War" 

This forum will be conducted by Visiting Professor K. Scott Wong.  Profossor Wong will discuss various aspects of his research and how it  has culminated into a forthcoming book, which is to be published by Harvard University Press. This forum is open to all interested students, faculty and staff. 
Lunch will be provided. 
Center of the Americas, 1st floor. Noon


The Asian/Asian American Initiative is also proud to support to the following April events!

April 3, 2003

David Eng
“Queer as Folk: Race, Sex and New Global Families”
Science Center 58, 7:30pm Book signing to follow.

April 15, 2003

Pauline Park 
Trans 101 Workshop for Students of Color

AAA House, 4:15 pm

"The Making of a Movement: The Story of the Successful Campaign for a 
Transgender Rights Law in New York City." 
Shanklin 107, 8:00 pm

April 19, 2003

Kate Rigg

Kate Rigg will give an explosive musical performance exploiting the 
word "chink" and its various implications using her version of popular songs. 


February 1, 2003 (The start of Chinese New Year)

Performance: Dragon Versus Eagle: Fred Ho and The Afro Asian Music Ensemble with Martial Artists.

Composer Fred Ho and his Afro Asian Music Ensemble celebrate their 20th anniversary year in a return to Wesleyan University. This performance will feature Ho's innovative music as well as a fantastic display of Chinese martial arts choreography. 

Fred Ho is a one-of-a-kind revolutionary Chinese American baritone saxophonist, composer, writer, producer, political activist and leader of the Afro Asian Music Ensemble. Writes The New Yorker: "It's not every day that you run into a musician who joins a protean range of talents..." For two decades, he has innovated Afro Asian New American music with the musical influences of Asia and the Pacific Rim. As Larry Birnbaum writes in  Down Beat: "Fred Ho's style is a genre onto itself, a pioneering fusion of free-jazz and traditional Chinese music that manages to combine truculence and delicacy with such natural ease that it sounds positively organic."

The performance will feature: Fred Ho, Michael Weisberger, David Bindman (Wesleyan alumni), Warren Smith, Royal Hartigan (Wesleyan alumni and former faculty member), Taru Alexander, Wesley Brown (Wesleyan alumni) and five martial artists.

For more information about Fred Ho and The Afro Asian Music Ensemble please visit: www.bigredmediainc.com 

September 25, 2002

Lecture: Gary Okihiro, Columbia University, "Rethinking Race in America: Critical Interventions from Asian America." 

Gary Okihiro is professor of international and public affairs and director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. He is author of books on ethnic studies and African history, including Margins and Mainstreams: Asians in American History and Culture (1994) and The Columbia Guide to Asian American History (2001).