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Masterpieces from the Asia Society Museum Collection
Aug
4
11:00 AM11:00

Masterpieces from the Asia Society Museum Collection

This exhibition (running now through August 4) features a selection of the finest artworks from the renowned Asia Society Museum Collection. Included are Chinese, Korean, and Japanese ceramics; Indian and Cambodian Hindu sculptures; and sculptures from South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas that show imagery associated with the transmission of Buddhism across the region.

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New York Asian Film Festival Screening: The Pool
Jul
14
3:15 PM15:15

New York Asian Film Festival Screening: The Pool

18th New York Asian Film Festival Presents: The Pool

A nap on a rubber raft in a twenty foot deep swimming pool turns into a nightmare for a young couple after an unfortunate series of events puts their lives in danger. Filled with dark humor, nail biting thrills and seething with emotional turbulence, writer-director Ping Lumpraploeng’s film turns a seemingly mundane situation into an existential obstacle course as the protagonists face the greatest challenge of their lives. With a surprising element of suspense and metaphoric resonance, The Pool brings a fresh new style of thriller to Thailand.

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New York Asian Film Festival Screening: Ma
Jul
7
9:15 PM21:15

New York Asian Film Festival Screening: Ma

  • Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center (map)
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The 18th New York Asian Film Festival Presents: Ma

Two tragic stories of motherhood converge in a phantasmagorically macabre tale of loss, sacrifice and evil. After his mother dies suddenly, Samuel goes into a mysterious cave that claims to grant wishes and asks for his mother’s life back. The cave wants something in exchange. Meanwhile, a childhood friend of Samuel’s mother returns to town pregnant, reeling from her fiancé’s suicide. She has what the cave wants so Samuel enlists his little brother and sister in a sinister plan to take it at any cost. Director Kenneth Lim Dagatan’s chilling feature debut proves he was born to make horror films.

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Craft Talk & Reading: Very Peak Summer Solstice with Jasmine Gibson, Fana Fraser, Sokunthary Svay, Annie Heath, Jean Lee, & Benedict Nguyen
Jun
18
6:30 PM18:30

Craft Talk & Reading: Very Peak Summer Solstice with Jasmine Gibson, Fana Fraser, Sokunthary Svay, Annie Heath, Jean Lee, & Benedict Nguyen

Join us for a very special event this summer solstice. Presented by ISSUE Project Room 2019 Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellow Benedict Nguyenvery peak summer solstice (vpss) features performer and performance maker Fana Fraser, poet Jasmine Gibson, dancer and choreographer Annie Heath, and poet Sokunthary Svay. This is their second program in soft bodies in hard places, a platform of trans-disciplinary events circling planetary events over 2019.

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Sixth International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS6)
Jun
13
to Jun 15

Sixth International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS6)

  • Cornell University Ithaca, New York United States of America (map)
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This year's three-day conference has a total of 18 panels, with topics on all aspects of Lao Studies. In addition to panel speakers, we are honored to have an art exhibition, entitled "Between Two Worlds: Through the Eyes of the Lao Artist" by Tiao Nithakhong Somsanith, an artist from the Lao royal court, who will be showcasing his work on stencilling and gold thread embroidery along with a Lao America artist, Chantala Kommanivanh, who will be showcasing a more contemporary piece. In addition, our keynote speakers come from Laos, Mr. Anasay Keodara, a filmmaker, and Ms. Khamly Philvong, an actress from "Sabaidee Luanphrabang," who will be discussing issues of filmmaking in Laos along with Dr. Steve Arounsack, a Lao American professor of Anthropology.

All participants are requested to register online. The registration fee includes the conference program, and morning and afternoon snacks and two lunches for the three-day conference. Please note that there will be no refund for cancellation or absence.

For more information and to register for the event, click here.

HOSTED BY:

  • Center for Lao Studies

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FX Harsono: NAMA
Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

FX Harsono: NAMA

  • 529 West 20th Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)
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Tyler Rollins Fine Art is pleased to present NAMA, a solo exhibition of new works by FX Harsono, one of Indonesia’s most revered contemporary artists, taking place at our gallery in New York from April 25 – June 7, 2019. The public is cordially invited to attend the opening reception on Thursday, April 25, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm; the artist will be in attendance.

Harsono has been a central figure of the Indonesian art scene for over 40 years. In 1975, he was among a group of young artists who founded Indonesia’s Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru (New Art Movement), which emphasized an experimental, conceptual approach, the use of everyday materials, and engagement with social and political issues. Over the course of recent decades that have seen enormous transformations in Indonesia, Harsono has continuously explored the role of the artist in society, in particular his relationship to history. During Indonesia’s dictatorial Suharto regime (1967-98), his installation and performance works were powerfully eloquent acts of protest against an oppressive state apparatus. The fall of the regime in 1998, which triggered rioting and widespread violence, mainly against Indonesia’s ethnic Chinese minority, prompted an introspective turn in Harsono’s artistic practice. He embarked on an ongoing investigation of his own family history and the position of minorities in society, especially his own Chinese Indonesian community. The recovery of buried or repressed histories, cultures, and identities – and the part that the artist can play in this process – have remained a significant preoccupation. Through looking into his own past, Harsono has touched on concerns that resonate globally, foregrounding fundamental issues that are central to the formation of group and personal identities in our rapidly changing world.

The current exhibition, NAMA (“names” in Indonesian), focuses on Chinese Indonesian personal names and their function as both markers of identity and symbols of remembrance. During the Suharto period, Chinese culture was suppressed in Indonesia, and Chinese Indonesians were required to change their names to more typical Indonesian ones. This attempt at the erasure of identity through legalized oppression harkened back to the more violent hostilities against the Chinese Indonesian community in the late 1940s, when many thousands were massacred during the unrest of the national independence movement. The exhibition centers on a video in which Chinese names are recited as a litany and then replaced with Indonesian names. “The chanting of prayers invites us to contemplate, without anger or revenge, the forced act of changing one’s name, which resulted in the Chinese being uprooted from their traditions,” Harsono explains. Other works explore the physical forms that names can take, as seen in memorial inscriptions, written signatures, official documents, and even embroidery. A large wall installation functions as a memorial monument to the massacre victims, its delicately embossed paper panels symbolizing fragility and vulnerability. A series of paper collages and light boxes incorporating texts and images pay tribute to individuals, both victims and survivors, commemorating the specificity of personal tragedies alongside the collective loss, and bringing light to a past that had long been consigned to darkness.

In recognition of his decades long “commitment to art and to freedom of expression in art,” Harsono was awarded the Joseph Balestier Award for the Freedom of Art in 2015, presented by the US embassy in Singapore, and in 2014 he was given the Prince Klaus Award honoring his “crucial role in Indonesia’s contemporary art scene for forty years.” His work has been shown in over 100 exhibitions around the world, including the seminal Traditions/Tensions: Contemporary Art in Asia at Asia Society in New York (1996), and the first Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, Australia (1993). The Singapore Art Museum mounted a major mid-career retrospective, FX Harsono: Testimonies, in 2010. He presented his first solo show in the United States, Writing in the Rain, at Tyler Rollins Fine Art in 2012; and in 2018 the main video from that exhibition was featured in a month-long screening in New York City’s Times Square. In 2017 his work was included in two major survey exhibitions:SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo; and After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History at Asia Society in New York.

For more information, click here

Hosted by: 

  • Tyler Rollins Fine Art

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Aliens of Manila: New York Colony
May
27
1:00 PM13:00

Aliens of Manila: New York Colony

This exhibition will run until May 27, 2019.

Pintô International is launching its quarterly exhibitions program on March 9, 2019 with the opening of Aliens of Manila: New York Colony, an immersive site-specific installation by artist and designer Leeroy New, curated by Pintô director Luca Parolari, that launches the organization’s new regularly programmed global exhibitions and event series. To inaugurate the program, Pintô International’s East Village headquarters will host contemporary Philippine artist, Leeroy New for a two-week artist residency starting in February 2019. During this time, New will create an immersive, site-specific installation responding to the structure of the space. The artist will engineer Aliens of Manila: New York Colony a warping, psychedelic sculpture constructed from food covers, flexible conduit, fiberglass strips, cable ties, and other materials that clings to the architecture of Pintô’s East Village loft. The sculpture will comprise materials from recycling centers, surplus shops, dollar stores, and industrial market districts local to New York. New will also present a series of wearable sculptures — an extension of his design projects in interdisciplinary design and architecture — for his ongoing Aliens of Manila project.

Started in 2014, Aliens of Manila is an artistic series referencing and re-appropriating the archetypal New York street-style photography. For the project, the artist, his friends, and local collaborators don the costumes in public as a kind of “material conduit” between the artist and the environment. This “staged displacement” creates a literal and visual duality between the native and the “alien.” The series speaks to the wider experience of cultural displacement but is profoundly informed by the artist’s own familial experience with the phenomenon of what he refers to as “OFW” — Overseas Filipino Workers. New’s Aliens of Manila will be making public appearances in New York City throughout the week of the exhibition opening.

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Southeast Asian Day of Resilience
May
11
5:00 PM17:00

Southeast Asian Day of Resilience

  • 2751 University Avenue NY, 10468 United States (map)
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In the spirit of April 30th, a diasporic Vietnamese day of remembrance, and April 17th, the Cambodian Genocide Remembrance Day, Mekong NYC is hosting a 2-part event centered around Southeast Asian resilience and healing. The first portion of the Southeast Asian Day of Resilience is an invite-only discussion featuring Southeast Asian (Vietnamese and Cambodian) community leaders and members, with a select group of Mekong NYC's allies invited to listen to and support this discussion. The second half of the event (from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm) is an open reception where Mekong and Southeast Asian artists will share our work, especially regarding how Southeast Asian people have pioneered amazing healing work for our diasporic community. We are proud to show the work of Khmer, Viet, and Lao artists: Amy Lee Sanford, LinDa Saphan, and Michelle Nguyễn Bounkousohn.

For more information, click here.

HOSTED BY:

  • Mekong NYC

  • Manhattan College

  • Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation

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Australia Festival: Attractor
May
1
12:00 PM12:00

Australia Festival: Attractor

Indonesia’s tour-de-force music duo Senyawa and Melbourne’s choreographic luminaries Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek join forces with two of Australia’s leading dance companies, Lucy Guerin Inc and Dancenorth to create Attractor. Senyawa reinterprets the Javanese tradition of entering a trance through dance and music as a powerful, secular, present-day ritual. Dancers are propelled into wild abandonment and ecstatic release, creating a visceral experience for the audience, as unrehearsed volunteers join the company on stage, to dissolve the demarcations between professionals and amateurs.

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Last Night I Saw You Smiling - Yub Menh Bong Keunh Oun Nho Nhim
Apr
28
4:30 PM16:30

Last Night I Saw You Smiling - Yub Menh Bong Keunh Oun Nho Nhim

  • Francesca Beale Theater, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (map)
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Q&A with Kavich Neang

Once a thriving artist community and cultural hub, Phnom Penh’s historic White Building has been sold to Japanese condo developers, displacing nearly 500 families. Born and raised in the building, filmmaker Kavich Neang returns to interview friends, neighbors, and family as they prepare to uproot, stirring up the dust and memories that have accumulated in the building’s walls. As longtime residents somberly reflect on their old home and its imminent destruction, summoning memories of Cambodia’s post-independence golden age and of similar evictions during the Khmer Rouge, Neang captures the serene light and music its storied hallways one last time.

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Hosted by: 

  • Film Society of Lincoln Center

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The Fall of Saigon, Vietnamese People: Then and Now
Apr
26
5:00 PM17:00

The Fall of Saigon, Vietnamese People: Then and Now

The night starts out in the AACC at 5 pm with a dinner and discussion with Vietnamese poet and novelist Lê Thị Diễm Thúy, author of the widely acclaimed 2003 novel 'The Gangster We Are All Looking For.' The event will feature a performance and reading from Ms. Thúy and then a moderated discussion on her experiences as a Vietnamese writer and engaging with Vietnamese identity and the traumas of war in her work. Afterward, from 7-8pm, ViSA will have a reception for its 'Fall of Saigon' exhibit in the AACC Exhibition Room. The exhibit will feature photography, interview excerpts on personal interpretations of what it means to be Vietnamese, family stories relating to the war, and a project on media representations of Vietnamese refugees. 

For more information, click here

Hosted by: 

  • Yale Vietnamese Students' Association

  • Yale Council on Southeast Asian Studies

  • Yale Center for Race & Indigeneity and Transnational Migration

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Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppetry) Performance: Lakon Babat Alas Mertani
Apr
21
7:30 PM19:30

Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppetry) Performance: Lakon Babat Alas Mertani

“Lakon Babat Alas Mertani”

Led by the Dalang/puppeteer Darsono Hadiraharjo, the Yale Community Gamelan Ensemble and students of Culture and Performing Arts of Central Java, Music 233, have collaborated to present a wayang kulit performance. The performance will also include guest musicians Anne Stebinger and Phil Acimovic, and guest speaker Professor Michael R. Dove.

Dalang Darsono Hadiraharjo has chosen a lakon (plot structure) which specifically addresses the issues of deforestation and the environmental issues so pressing in Indonesia today. Javanese wayang performance has a multifaceted role in Java; embodying artistic and spiritual practices and values, providing entertainment and engaging society with current events through critical social commentary.  With F&ES students of the Yale Community Gamelan, Darsono intends to create an artistic and educational wayang performance. 

Darsono has identified three scenes to bring in dialogue and conversations about environmental issues, creating opportunities for F&ES/ gamelan members to share their research. Peter Ludwig will be sharing his stories and research on Javanese gamelan instruments and resources for the craftsmanship of these instruments during the gara gara scene. This will most likely be delivered as a dialogue between Punakawan characters (comedic, but also descendants of gods) and Peter. Another scene will involve a research topic by Andy Lee, who will focus on the issues of deforestation and its impact on feline species in Southeast Asian regions. Guest speaker, Professor Michael Dove will address some of the issues surrounding deforestation in Indonesia and its effect on the society, communities, history and environmental policies through the voice of Yudhistra who advises Bima in the lakon to stop getting rid of the forest.

Hosted by: 

  • Yale Council On Southeast Asia Studies

  • MacMillan Center

  • Yale Department of Music

  • Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

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Central Javanese Gamelan Music Concert
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

Central Javanese Gamelan Music Concert

The Yale Central Javanese Gamelan Ensemble is proud to present the Central Javanese Gamelan Music Concert. Directed by Maho Ishiguro, this event is in collaboration with the Yale Community Gamelan Ensemble and students of the Yale Central Javanese Gamelan Ensemble course, Music 232. 

For more information, click here

Hosted by: 

  • Yale Council On Southeast Asia Studies

  • MacMillan Center

  • Yale Department of Music

  • Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

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Faces Behind the Southeast Asian Diaspora
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Faces Behind the Southeast Asian Diaspora

Join the Alliance for Southeast Asian Students (ALSEAS) and their partners AASA, ViSA, and IYA for their first-ever exhibit entitled "Faces behind the Southeast Asian Diaspora." Come learn about and come hear the personal narratives of ALSEAS members and their families, and explore the contemporary issues that Southeast Asian refugees, immigrants, and their families experience in the US today. 

Their exhibit will be featured in the Silliman Art Gallery between April 16, 2019, to April 20, 2019, but all are welcome to their gallery reception on April 19, 2019, at 7 PM at the Silliman Art Gallery. 

Hosted by: 

  • Yale Alliance for Southeast Asian Students

  • Kasama: The Filipino Club at Yale

  • Yale Asian American Students Alliance

  • Indonesia Yale Association

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The Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture: "Out of Place: Refugees, Immigrants, and Storytelling" with author Viet Thanh Nguyen
Apr
8
6:15 PM18:15
Art

The Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture: "Out of Place: Refugees, Immigrants, and Storytelling" with author Viet Thanh Nguyen

  • 1161 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)
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The 2019 Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture will be given by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Other honors include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, a Gold Medal in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, and the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award from the Asian/Pacific American Librarian Association. His other books are Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction) and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. He is a University Professor, the Aerol Arnold Chair of English, and a Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. His current book is the bestselling short story collection, The Refugees. Most recently he has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, and le Prix du meilleur livre étranger (Best Foreign Book in France), for The Sympathizer. He is a critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times and a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.

The Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture is given once a year in honor of the public intellectual and literary critic, Edward W. Said, who taught in the English & Comparative Literature Department at Columbia from 1963 until 2003, and who was a member of the board of guarantors at the Italian Academy. Professor Said was perhaps best known for his books Orientalism, published in 1978, and Culture and Imperialism, published in 1993, both of which made major contributions to the field of cultural and postcolonial studies. The Annual Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture pays tribute to Professor Said by bringing to Columbia speakers who embody his beliefs and the legacy of his work.

Introduction by Gauri ViswanathanClass of 1933 Professor in the Humanities.

The Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture is made possible in part by the generosity of The JKW Foundation and The Abraaj Group.

Hosted by: 

  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

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Giai Điệu Quê Hương: Music of the Vietnamese Diaspora
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

Giai Điệu Quê Hương: Music of the Vietnamese Diaspora

The Vietnam Heritage Center (VHC) is proud to present Giai Điệu Quê Hương: Music of the Vietnamese Diaspora. The event is part of Carnegie Hall's Migrations: The Making of America, a citywide festival that traces the journeys of people from different origins and backgrounds who helped to shape and influence the evolution of American culture. Tickets are available at www.vietnamheritagecenter.org for $25.

The VHC program will examine the migration of the Vietnamese people through music and dance, with selections ranging from traditional genres such as dân ca (folk music) and cải lương (reformed opera), to contemporary music.  Various musical perspectives will be offered by a diverse group of artists, including vocalists, performers of Vietnamese instruments such as the đàn bầu (monochord zither) and đàn tranh (17 string zither), a classical pianist, jazz quartet and dance ensembles.  A full list of the performers is listed on VHC’s website.

“VHC is delighted to participate in Carnegie Hall’s program, and grateful for the opportunity to share the rich heritage of Vietnam with our Vietnamese community and the greater NYC community through music and dance,” said VHC Executive Director Thuy Pham.  

The Vietnam Heritage Center is a New York 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the rich traditions and language of Vietnam. VHC’s mission is to promote and share Vietnamese language and culture to the general public and local community while providing support for the Vietnamese immigrant community. VHC strives to be a resource for all to learn about and celebrate Vietnamese lifestyles and customs. 

Hosted by: 

  • Vietnam Heritage Center

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Phuttiphong Aroonpheng's Manta Ray
Mar
29
9:00 PM21:00

Phuttiphong Aroonpheng's Manta Ray

  • Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater (map)
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An impressive feature directorial debut by veteran cinematographer Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, this mysterious, intoxicating work centers on the friendship between a fisherman and the mute refugee he rescues from a swamp. After the fisherman disappears at sea, the refugee’s mourning is interrupted by the return of the fisherman’s ex-wife, and sure enough, the past bleeds inexorably into the present. A visionary take on the refugee parable, in which mystical elements disrupt the drudgery of everyday life, Manta Ray won the Orizzonti Prize at last year’s Venice Film Festival. U.S. Premiere.

Location and Time:

Lincoln Center Walter Reade Theater | March 29, 2019 - 9:00PM

The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2 | March 30, 2019 - 3:15PM

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Hosted by: 

  • Museum of Modern Arts

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Film Screening: Journey From the Fall (Viet. Vượt Sóng) with Director Ham Tran
Mar
28
5:00 PM17:00

Film Screening: Journey From the Fall (Viet. Vượt Sóng) with Director Ham Tran

Ham Tran is a celebrated Vietnamese-American film director, known especially for his 2007 film about a family’s divided escape from the fall of Saigon in 1975 entitled Journey from the Fall(Viet. Vượt Sóng). Journey from the Fall opened to critical acclaim, and won numerous awards including the Best Director from the Asian Festival of first Film, the Grand Jury Prize at the Amazonas International Film Festival, the Best Feature Film at the Anchorage International Film Festival, and the Grand Jury Award at the San Diego Asian Film Festival, among many others. The film is one of the only cinematic representations of the plight of boat refugees following the fall of South Vietnam to Communist forces, and virtually the only film to represent inmate experiences of the “reeducation camps” (học tập cảo tạo/cảo tạo lao động) that were opened particularly in the south of Vietnam after 1975, and which operated as late as the early 2000s. Additionally, the film is notable for having been completely financed by the Vietnamese exile community.

The event will be moderated by John Phan, an assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures at Columbia University. No registration is required for the event. 

For more information, please click here

Hosted by: 

  • Columbia Weatherhead East Asian Institute

  • MA in Film and Media Studies at Columbia University.

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Art in Contested Political and Cultural Terrains, Asia
Mar
27
6:30 PM18:30

Art in Contested Political and Cultural Terrains, Asia

  • Columbia University Faculty House (map)
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Politics of Visual Arts in Changing World aims to study new trends that are affecting the creation, presentation, and preservation of works of art in diverse cultural contexts. From preliminary discussions with colleagues inside and outside the university, a number of potential areas of exploration have emerged. Within these areas of exploration are issues of cultural appropriation, repatriation, freedom of creative expression, as well as legal frameworks that need to be understood better with the help of diverse groups of scholars and practitioners. 

As a part of the "Politics of Visual Arts" Signature Research Project of the Committee on Global Through, this program will feature a panel discussion among the following artists: MC Kash (hip-hop singer from Kashmir), Tenzing Rigdol (painter, poet, visual artist from Tibet), Maria Madeira (painter, visual artist from Timor Leste), Seckon Leang (painter, performer and visual artist from Cambodia). It will be moderated by Vishakha N. Desai, CGT Vice Chair and Senior Advisor to the University President. 

Hosted by Columbia Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia Committee on Global Thought, Columbia South Asia Institute, and Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought.

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Southeast Asia Spring Cultural Festival
Feb
15
5:30 PM17:30

Southeast Asia Spring Cultural Festival

  • 34 Hillhouse Avenue New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)
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Since spring of 2003, the faculty and students of the Yale Southeast Asia Language Studies Programs have organized and hosted an annual “Cultural Festival,” featuring displays and performances of regional arts, crafts, music, and dance, along with a buffet dinner of Southeast Asian cuisine. The festival evenings have been open to the University and the public, and each year have attracted enthusiastic crowds of Yale students, faculty, and community participants.

Past festivals have featured Yale student and local community groups presenting songs, dances, fashion shows, photograph collections, and traditional crafts from the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos and Cambodia, and the Yale Gamelan Suprabanggo has provided small and large group performances. Festivals have also occasionally featured guest performers such as the Nguyen Dinh Nghia Family Ensemble playing traditional Vietnamese instruments, the Gamelan Dharma Swara and Balinese Dance Troupe from the Indonesian Consulate in New York, and the Amnaj Jatuprayoon Dance Troupe of NYC performing the Ramakien Thai Ramayana.

For more information, click here

Hosted by Council on Southeast Asian Studies.

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THE RAID: REDEMPTION | NYAFF Winter Showcase
Feb
10
6:00 PM18:00

THE RAID: REDEMPTION | NYAFF Winter Showcase

Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais followed their breakthrough Merantau with this turbocharged action opus. A monolithic slum building run by deadly criminals becomes a gauntlet of survival for a S.W.A.T. team on a mission to apprehend its drug lord overseer. After a series of daunting setbacks, the team find themselves trapped with no option other than to fight their way out. The Raid raised Asian cinema's action bar with its frenetic pace, non-stop bone-crunching battles, and innovative silat-based choreography all set against the gritty backdrop of a Jakarta ghetto and its formidable and colorful underworld denizens.

Tickets are between $5 and $15. 

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MERANTAU | NYAFF Winter Showcase
Feb
10
3:30 PM15:30

MERANTAU | NYAFF Winter Showcase

Watch Merantau, a story about martial arts prodigy Yuda who embarks on his merantau, a traditional rite of passage, in which he must leave his village to experience the big bad city. Living on the streets of Jakarta, he rescues a struggling brother and sister from the clutches of ruthless criminals, an intervention that escalates to a final deadly showdown. Director Gareth Evans discovered action star Iko Uwais (The Raid) while shooting a documentary on silat, Indonesia's indigenous martial art. Combining a literal "hero's journey" with old school exploitation movie trappings, ground-breaking action, and a little profundity for good measure, Merantau rekindled Indonesian action cinema.

Tickets range from $5 to $15.

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Insurrecto! With Gina Apostol and Sabina Murray
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Insurrecto! With Gina Apostol and Sabina Murray

  • 112 W 27th St Suite 600 New York, NY 10001 (map)
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Join us for a reading with Gina Apostol to celebrate her latest work of fiction, Insurrecto, a tour de force about about the Philippines’ past and present told through rivaling scripts from an American filmmaker and her Filipino translator. The book was one of the New York Times’ Editor’s Choices for 2018 and won comparisons to Nabokov and Borges for its kaleidoscopic structure. With her trademark wit, uncommon humor, layering of forgotten histories and dueling narratives, Apostol tells the story of the atrocities that faced Filipinos who rose up against their colonizers during the Philippine-American war at the turn of the 20th century. As Laurel Fauntauzzo writes, “It does strike me that the narrative is cackling and weeping at the same time, which would seem to me a particularly Philippine way of existing.” Apostol will be joined by Filipina-Australian writer Sabina Murray, the author of Valiant Gentlemen.

Reserve a seat here.

Hosted by Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

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Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Letters From Saigon to Saigon
Jan
6
6:00 PM18:00

Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Letters From Saigon to Saigon

The Asia Society's exhibition showcases a recently acquired series of nine photographs by Tuan Andrew Nguyen (b. 1976 in Saigon, Vietnam) titled From Saigon to Saigon. The photographs document the handwritten correspondence from a young Vietnamese rapper based in Ho Chi Minh City to an African American rapper, who adopted the stage moniker 'Saigon' after reading Wallace Terry’s Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War, detailing the discriminatory experiences African Americans endured during the American-Vietnam War. The photographs illuminate the interaction of history, politics, and popular culture in the rapidly shifting landscape of contemporary Vietnamese society.


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DOC NYC Film Festival: GRIT
Nov
11
5:15 PM17:15

DOC NYC Film Festival: GRIT

  • 260 West 23rd Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)
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In 2006 a rush of molten mud exploded in East Java, Indonesia, flooding 16 villages and displacing more than 60,000 people; 12 years later the hot sludge is still flowing. GRIT profiles one girl’s awakening to activism as her family campaigns against the corporation responsible for the man-made catastrophe. Cynthia Wade and Sasha Friedlander spent six years capturing the unworldly reality of East Java’s ecological disaster with breathtaking cinematography and a patient eye for the youth coming of age amid the mudflow.

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Hosted by DOC NYC.

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Conversation With Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, Governor of the Yogyakarta Special Region
Nov
11
4:00 PM16:00

Conversation With Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, Governor of the Yogyakarta Special Region

  • 725 Park Avenue New York, NY, 10021 United States (map)
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Join Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, sultan of Yogyakarta and governor of the modern Yogyakarta Special Region in Indonesia and Rachel Cooper, director, global performing arts and cultural initiatives for a conversation on the occasion of the performance Music and Dance of Yogyakarta.

Please note that the evening performance Music and Dance of Yogyakarta is sold out, but Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X’s talk is free and open to the public.

Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X is the Sultan of the historic Yogyakarta Sultanate in Indonesia and is currently also the Governor of the modern Yogyakarta Special Region (Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta). Hamengkubuwono X succeeded his father, Hamengkubuwono IX as the Sultan of Yogyakarta when Hamengkubuwono IX died in 1988. Hamengkubuwono X was democratically elected as the Governor in 1998 and in 2012 the national legislature of Indonesia formally enshrined in law the convention that the Sultan inherits the position of governor.

Co-presented with Yale University, Wesleyan University, and the American Indonesian Cultural and Educational Foundation.

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DOC NYC: Ghost Fleet
Nov
9
9:30 PM21:30

DOC NYC: Ghost Fleet

  • 323 6th Avenue New York, NY, 10014 United States (map)
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NYC PREMIERE Acclaimed at Telluride and the Toronto International Film Festival, this suspenseful high-seas adventure follows a team of activists who rescue modern-day slaves in Thailand’s illegal fishing industry. Thai activist Patima Tungpuchayakul was nominated for the Nobel Prize for her work rescuing thousands of victims. We follow her as she tracks down escaped slaves who live like Robinson Crusoe on remote islands, helping to bring these long-vanished ghosts back to life and to their families.

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Hosted by DOC NYC.

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The Moth Featuring Arn Chorn-Pond: A Live Podcast Taping
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

The Moth Featuring Arn Chorn-Pond: A Live Podcast Taping

  • 157 Montague Street Brooklyn, NY, 11201 United States (map)
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Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways.

The Moth podcast is downloaded more than 50 million times a year, and each week, the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour is heard on over 480 radio stations worldwide. The Moth’s first book, The Moth: 50 True Stories was a NYT Bestseller.

This memorable evening, to be hosted by Dame Wilburn will feature stories from bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert, human rights activist and musician Arn Chorn-Pond, Moth GrandSLAM Champion Monte Montepare, and more.

Email development@cambodianlivingarts.com to buy $40 tickets. 

Hosted by Cambodian Living Arts.

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Cambodian Artists in Conversation with New York City
Nov
4
4:00 PM16:00

Cambodian Artists in Conversation with New York City

This event marks the conclusion of a five-week Fellowship to the USA for three Cambodian artists. Tan Vatey, Tor Vutha and Hang Sokharo have spent four weeks in residency at Vermont Studio Center, followed by a 10-day program of research and networking in New York City, coordinated by Cambodian Living Arts. During this facilitated conversation, the artists will present the ideas and questions they are taking away from their time in the USA and how they plan to apply these experiences to their work at home in Cambodia. Guests will be encouraged to share questions and reflections with the artists.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Hosted by NYSEAN, Asia Society, and Cambodian Living Arts.

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Ahmad Fuadi's The Land of Five Towers
Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

Ahmad Fuadi's The Land of Five Towers

  • 112 W 27th St Suite 600 New York, NY 10001 (map)
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Join the Asian American Writers' Workshop for a night of reading and film with visiting Indonesian writer Ahmad Fuadi, whose bestselling novel Negeri 5 Menara (The Land of Five Towers), an uplifting story of a young Muslim boy’s journey from country to city to enter Islamic boarding school, became the source of inspiration for one of Indonesia’s top box office successes. Ahmad will read from the novel, the first in his trilogy about Alif’s life, and we'll watch selections from the feature film. With the English version of his book available, we'll have a chance to explore how the book was adapted to the big screen, and how translation between languages relates to translation between form. Don’t miss this movie night and discussion about literature in Indonesia, with snacks!

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