Asian Studies Special Events
Jewish Studies in China: The New Frontier
Dr. Lihong Song, Associate Professor of Religous Studies and Deputy Director, Glazer Institute of Jewish Studies, Nanjing University
Sponsored by the Institute for Jewish Thought and Heritage
April 3, 2013
120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus
The Chinese Rebel Scholar Li Yan
Work-in-Progress Discussion with Professor Roger Des Forges
Friday, April 12, 2013
532 Park Hall, UB North Campus
According to many sources, in the early 1640s a Chinese scholar named Li Yan helped the commoner rebel Li Zicheng overthrow the Ming dynasty. After taking and losing the capital, Li Zicheng suspected that Li Yan planned to create an independent rebel base and had Li Yan assassinated. This act opened the way for the establishment of the Qing dynasty. It now appears that the storied Li Yan was a composite figure whose hagiography came to include elements drawn from the lives of many other people. In this paper, Professor Des Forges attempts to unravel the complex relationship between the original historical personality and the legendary heroic figure.
Professor Des Forges requests that attendees read the paper ahead of the discussion. To obtain a copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or access it through UB Libraries course reserve using course number HIS000 (UBIT name required).
NGO Founder Visits UB to Discuss Anti-trafficking and Community-building Work in Vietnam
March 25-27, 2013
In a series of meetings and public events, Caroline Nguyen Ticarro-Parker, founder and executive director of Catalyst Foundation, will discuss the organization’s multi-pronged approach to preventing human trafficking by developing and empowering marginalized communities through education, housing, job training, improved healthcare, and social services.
See below for a list of scheduled public presentations.
A Catalyst for Freedom and Dignity: Protecting Children and Building Communities in the Mekong Delta
Monday, March 25
Catalyst Foundation works to prevent human trafficking in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta by developing and empowering marginalized communities through education, housing, job training, healthcare, and social services. Caroline Ticarro-Parker will discuss Catalyst’s multi-pronged approach to preventing child trafficking and building sustainable communities that provide for basic needs, recognize and protect individual rights, and respect the cultural heritage of minority groups. Cosponsored by the UB Asian Studies Program, Gender Institute, Buffalo Human Rights Center, and Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy. For more information, contact Asian Studies Assistant Director Bruce Acker (firstname.lastname@example.org / 645-0763). For more about the Catalyst Foundation, view the 2012 CNN Freedom Project documentary Children of the Trash Dump or visit www.catalystfoundation.org.
Building Communities of Hope: Fighting Poverty and Trafficking in Vietnam
Tuesday, March 26
Thousands of children in Vietnam live without identity papers. Many are forgotten, ignored, and without hope; and child protective services are scarce. In 2007, the Catalyst Foundation became aware of a community of displaced Cambodian refugees in the Mekong Delta who were so poor that they were living and working on a garbage dump, with children as young as three gathering recyclable materials for resale, and families selling their children to traffickers to survive. Caroline Nguyen Ticarro-Parker will discuss the Catalyst Foundation's holistic community development approach to preventing child trafficking by empowering these marginalized communities in Vietnam through education, housing, job training, improved healthcare, and social services. Learn about work and internship opportunities with Catalyst to help build stronger communities in Vietnam and save children from trafficking. Cosponsored by the Undergraduate Academies, Gender Institute, and Asian Studies Program.
Poverty and Human Trafficking in Vietnam
Wednesday, March 27
Office of Global Health Initiatives 2013 Seminar Series
For more information, contact Bruce Acker at email@example.com / 645-0763
In God’s Land
Film screening and conversation with Director Pankaj Rishi Kumar
Sponsors: UB Asian Studies Program and Center for Global Media, Department of Media Study
Centuries ago, six nomad families transformed dry land into wet farmlands. Impressed, the Nizam gifted the lands to the people. During British rule, the Vanamamalai Temple controlled by Brahmins became the legal owners of the land and the villagers mere tenant farmers. Five years ago, the temple secretly sold the farmlands to the government as a special economic zone, but claimed it was for the “welfare of society at large.” If the temple represents the old power structure, the SEZ is just another new development the villagers have to fight. The only solace for them is the myriad questions they ask their God Sudalai Swami, who promises to protect them.
China’s Top Designer Han Lixun Presents at the University at Buffalo
March 9, 2013 @ 10:30
Han Lixun, the chief designer for 2008 Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony, speaks March 9, 2013 at 10:30am at the University at Buffalo, North Campus, Center for the Arts Screening Room. He will reveal the ins and outs of working behind the scenes of the Ceremony with some of the most well-known figures in the contemporary arts world. From conceptualization and bidding to material and technical choices, from contextualizing the design in a given space to the collaboration with architects and engineers, from experimentation on mechanical, multi-media and lighting devices, to testing the validity of his visual modeling, from what was not realized in the Ceremony to what has happened in China’s design/tech world after the Ceremony, his presentation will provide insight into China’s historical inventions and contemporary culture, including its politics, ethics, aesthetics, technology and the world of design. He will discuss ways to meet today’s societal demands in the field of arts, illuminating career-building skills and strategies. The presentation, made possible through the Confucius Institute at the University at Buffalo and the Technē Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies at the University at Buffalo, is part of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s Upstate New York Regional Section Spring Conference, will last one-hour with a fifteen-minute period for questions and answers. The event is free and open to the public.
For further information, contact:
Name: Dr. Eric Yang, Executive Director, Confucius Institute at UB
Name: Professor Lynne
Koscielniak, Director of Design and Technology
Celebrate Chinese New Year!
February 10, 2013
2:00 - 4:30 pm
Mainstage Theater, Center for the Arts
University at Buffalo North Campus
Sponsored by the UB Confucius Institute and the Chinese Club of Western New York, in partnership with the Gold Summit Organization for the Development of Eastern Culture.
U.S.-China Relations and China’s International Role
Paul Haenle, Director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, Beijing
Former National Security Council Director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia
Tuesday, February 12
280 Park Hall, UB North Campus
Free and Open to the Public
Prior to becoming director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, Mr. Haenle, a native Buffalonian, served from 2007-2009 as director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia on the National Security Council staffs of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and from 2004-2007 as executive assistant to National Security Advisors Condoleezza Rice and Stephen Hadley. Trained as a China foreign area officer in the U.S. Army, Haenle was assigned twice to the U.S. embassy in Beijing and served as a U.S. area commander in the Republic of Korea. Sponsored by the UB Asian Studies Program, Undergraduate Academies, and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Program.
Special opportunity for students!
Preparing for an International Career: A Conversation with Paul Haenle
280 Park Hall
Paul Haenle, former National Security Council director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia, will discuss various paths to building an international career and the courses, skills, and experiences that will help students launch careers in the international arena. He will also comment on the opportunities and challenges for Americans living and working in China. Mr. Haenle offers a rare, personal, glimpse into the workings of international relations from someone with experience at the highest levels of U.S. foreign-policymaking. Sponsored by the UB Asian Studies Program, Career Services, Undergraduate Academies, and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Program.
To view the poster for these events, click here
For more information, contact Bruce Acker at firstname.lastname@example.org
UB Asian Studies Program, Undergraduate Academies & Center for Global Media, Department of Media Study present:
Adda: Calcutta, Kolkata (52 minutes)
A film by Surjo Deb
CFA screening room 112
January 24, 2013
A free-flowing, intimate portrait of Calcutta/Kolkata and its people, using the Bengali phenomenon of "adda"—informal conversations between groups of people that go on for hours at a stretch—at street corners, cafes, markets and living rooms. The city of Calcutta is undergoing gigantic changes, yet the conversations (“adda”) never stop. Calcuttans love to talk, and they talk about everything under the sun. The film chronicles some of these conversations and, through them, expresses that elusive feeling of what it feels like to live in this city.
Researched and co-scripted by UB English student Shayani Bhattacharya, Ph.D.
China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections
Juxtapositions Lecture Series, Department of English
The First Golden Age of Sanskrit Poetics: Dandin in Asia
Yigal Bronner, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: 306 Clemens Hall
The Mirror of Poetry (Kāvyādarśa) by Daṇḍin (c. 700, Kanchipuram) is one of the most influential treatises ever produced in South Asia. This essay on poetic language was translated and adapted into a variety of languages in the south (Kannada, Sinhala, Pali, and Tamil), travelled to Southeast Asia (it survived in Burma, and there is reason to believe that it played a role in literary production in old Javanese), was translated into Tibetan (where it became a foundational text, repeatedly commented upon), and may even have exercised influence on the formation of Recent Style poetry in China. In this presentation Bronner will discuss the Mirror and some of the secrets behind its extraordinary success.
Vincent Who ? A documentary of Asian-American empowerment
Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: 240 Student Union, UB North Campus
Free and open to the public
In 1982, at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers who said, “it’s because of you mother** that we’re out of work.” When the judge fined the killers a mere $3,000 and sentenced them to three years of probation, Asian Americans around the country galvanized for the first time to form a real community and movement.
Through interviews with the key players at the time, as well as a whole new generation of activists, this film explores the history of the case, as well as other important touchstones in Asian American history including the Chinese Exclusion, Japanese Internment, the 1992 LA Riots, the recent murders of Joseph Ileto and Cha Vang and post 9/11 racial profiling. “Vincent Who?” asks how far Asian Americans have come since then and how far we have yet to go.
Curtis Chin is an award-winning writer and producer and cofounder of the Asian American Writers Workshop and Asian Pacific Americans for Progress.
Event is cosponsored by the UB Asian Studies Program, Undergraduate Academies, Multicultural and Diversity Center and Department of Transnational Studies
Conversations in Christ & Culture Performance, Canisius College
Sunday, September 30
Slee Hall, UB North Campus
Free and open to the public
The celebration will feature lively performances that evoke the spirit of the Chinese people and draw on the traditions of ancient China. The program will be presented by student artists from Beijing’s Capital Normal University. It will include performances on the guzheeng (similar to a zither), erhu (a two-stringed instrument played with a bow), and gourd flute, as well as spectacular dancing and acrobatics such as Chinese Yoyo and Monocycle.
The Moon Festival Celebration is sponsored by:
Saturday, September 8, 2012.
Celebrating the Vision of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore through Images, Words, and Dance
Sunday, August 26
Drama Theater, Center for the Arts
University at Buffalo North Campus
Suggested donation: $20 / $15 for students
This contemporary, multimedia experience brings to life the vision of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, a philosopher, poet, and artist who transcended boundaries of time and place and championed multiculturalism and freedom of expression. The first non-westerner to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913, Tagore’s words evoked great beauty and introduced many in the West to Indian culture for the first time. Sponsored by Triveni and cosponsored by Sanskriti and the UB Asian Studies Program. For more information, contact Arvind (716-689-6294); Teja (716-639-0902); Dinesh (716-689-2835); or Kakali (716-580-3172).
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