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Asian Studies Events

The following compilation of events includes events presented and/or co-sponsored by the UVM Asian Studies Program, Asian related events sponsored by or affiliated with the greater University of Vermont community, and other local Asian related events that may be of interest.


Spring 2008 Events:  

"Ways of Learning - An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan"
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, 4:00 pm, Fleming Museum Auditorium, UVM

The UVM Asian Studies Outreach Program announces an exciting presentation on a rich history of Japanese traditional arts and crafts, many of which are quickly disappearing.  Douglas Brooks, boat builder, writer and researcher will present "Ways of Learning - An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan" which illustrates his experiences with traditional crafts drawn from over a dozen trips to Japan from 1990.   Event is free of charge.

Japanese House Movie Nights

Submitted by Johathan Tinkham
The first [official] round of Japanese House Movies is here! We've got a mix this month between Disney, horror, and manga-made-live-action so there's bound to be something for everyone. We've also got a guest speaker: UVM graduate student, Michael Blouin, will be giving a talk about Japanese Horror films; his talk will then be followed by a showing of "Ju-on: The Grudge." It's sure to be an interesting [and frightening] evening!

I've attached the poster (click here for poster) for the L/L monitors or general distribution, feel free to hand it around, but we'll [hopefully] be printing out copies and posting them.

Line-Up:

 Alice in Wonderland:  Fri, Feb 1st at 5:30 in L/L CM315  

(in Japanese w/ English Subtitles)
 

 Michael Blouin Talk:  Fri, Feb 8th at 5:30 in L/L CM315

 Japanese Horror Films (followed by Ju-on aka The Grudge)

 
Nana 2 (Based on the manga) on Fri, Feb 15th at 5:30 in L/L CM315

    
We'll have refreshments as usual, and we hope to see you there!

Chinese House Events - click here



Past Events:

Fall 2007 Past Events:

Wednesday, September 12
Fall 2007 Social Justice Film Series: Mai's America (2002)
A Documentary by Marlo Poras
A personal journey that defies all expectations. Mai, a smart, vivacious, and resilient Vietnamese teenager, travels to America for her senior year of high school, shouldering her family's high expectations and her own visions of western-style success. Yet, nothing in Mai's wildest imagination could prepare her for what she finds in rural Mississippi. Encounters with white Pentecostal and black Baptist host-families, a local transvestite, and South Vietnamese immigrants challenge her long-held ideas about America, the concept of freedom, her identity and even her homeland of Vietnam.
Noon, UVM John Dewey Lounge
Free and open to the public.
For information, or large groups, please contact Wes Rodriguez at the Center for Cultural Pluralism, wrodrigu@uvm.edu, 656-7990.
Sponsored by the UVM Center for Cultural Pluralism and the Office of the Associate Provost for Multicultural Affairs

Wednesday, September 19
Concert: Burlington Taiko Drummers
6 pm at the UVM Outdoor Amphitheater, University Heights
Located on the athletic campus between Harris-Millis and Marsh-Austin-Tupper.
In the event of rain, the event will take place in the atrium of the Dudley H. Davis Student Center.
Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Japanese House and the Global Village Residential Living Community

Thursday, September 27
Ringo Matsuri (Apple Festival): Taiko in the Orchard
20th Anniversary Celebration of Taiko in Vermont
Drumming and parade through the orchard - All players and lovers of taiko (Japanese drumming ) and Asian cultures are warmly invited.
Noon to 2:00 pm and 3:00 to 4:30 pm.
Free and open to the public
Information: Alison Takenaka of Burlington Taiko, 802-288-9998
Sponsored by Burlington Taiko and Shelburne Orchards

Monday, October 1
2007 George D. Aiken Lectures Present The Promise & Price of Modernization in China
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Nicholas Kristof
5:00 pm: Welcome by UVM President Daniel Mark Fogel, introduction by College of Arts & Sciences Dean Ellie Miller,
keynote address by Nicholas Kristof, and Q & A  by Lisa Schnell of the Department of English.
6:30 pm: Book signing
Ira Allen Chapel, UVM Campus
Free and open to the public
Hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences

Monday, October 15
2007 George D. Aiken Lectures Present Social Change in China Film Series
6:00 pm at the Fleming Museum downstairs screening room
Interesting Times: The Secret of My Success (2002)
Directed by Duan Jinchuan, 59 min
This powerful, revealing study of Chinese rural politics depicts a system in which corruption, fear, and opportunism thrives. Within the small farming community in which the film is set, there is a growing culture of distrust and duplicity, one that fosters a low regard for life and self-worth. One is tempted to draw a parallel between the village and China itself, but it's just as tempting to draw a wider parallel with the aspirations of globalization. One of the very best films of the year that no one saw.
With Sunrise over Tianamen Square (1998) animated film
Directed by Shui-Bo Wang and Donald McWilliams, 30 min.
Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square is a visual autobiography of an artist who grew up in China during the historic upheavals of the '60s, '70s and '80s. Through a rich collage of original artwork and family and archival photographs, Shui-Bo Wang offers a personal perspective on the turbulent Cultural Revolution and the years that followed.
Hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences

Monday, October 22
2007 George D. Aiken Lectures Present Social Change in China Film Series
6:00 pm at the Fleming Museum downstairs screening room
Happy Times (2000)
Directed by Zhang Yimou, 102 min.
Zhao is an old laid-off worker who's dreaming of getting married. After trying unsuccessful proposals, he finally pairs off with a gargantuan divorcée with two children. She, however, demands a lavish wedding and that Zhao finds a job and another place to stay for her blind step-daughter. Pretending he's the General Manager of a non-existent posh hotel "Happy Times," Zhao has to find ways and means of keeping both mother and stepdaughter happy.
Hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences

Wednesday, October 24
Fall 2007 Social Justice Film Series: Genghis Blues (1999)
A documentary by Roco and Adrian Belic
The story of a blind blues musician's journey in 1995 to the Republic of Tuva, where he became the first American ever to compete in an unusual contest of multi-harmonic "throat singing." Paul Pena played blues with the greats T Bone Walker, B.B. King, and Bonnie Raitt. Genghis Blues is a film about exploration and friendship, and a man whose struggle in life is not defined by conformity and rules but by an unquenchable curiosity, and love of music. Pena's story is a true inspiration to all.
5:00 pm, UVM UHeights N1 Multipurpose Room
Free and open to the public.
For information, or for large groups, please contact Wes Rodriguez at the Center for Cultural Pluralism, wrodrigu@uvm.edu, 656-7990.
Sponsored by the UVM Center for Cultural Pluralism and the Office of the Associate Provost for Multicultural Affairs

Monday, October 29
2007 George D. Aiken Lectures Present Social Change in China Film Series
6:00 pm at the Fleming Museum downstairs screening room
East Palace, West Palace, or Behind the Forbidden City (1996)
Directed by Yuan Zhang, 90 min.
In China, homosexuality isn't illegal, but homosexuals are routinely persecuted by police and arrested for "hooliganism." The film focuses on a young gay writer A-Lan who, being attracted to a young policeman, manages to have himself interrogated for a whole night. His life-story, which he tells during the interrogation, reflects the general repression of the Chinese society. The policeman's attitude shifts from the initial revulsion to fascination and, finally, to attraction.
Hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences

Monday, November 5
2007 George D. Aiken Lectures Present Social Change in China Film Series
6:00 pm at the Fleming Museum downstairs screening room
Together (2002)
Directed by Kaige Chen, 116 min.
Young violinist Xiaochun and his father move from their small, provincial town to Beijing so Xiaochun can audition for a prestiguous music academy. Their new life is unfamiliar but full of promise, allowing the young man to truly figure out which direction he wants to take in life.
Hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences

Saturday, November 10
Tibet Festival
Enjoy traditional Tibetan dance, music, crafts bazaar, exhibits and more.  Fun for everyone!  Free! (Donations accepted at the door to benefit the Tibetan Association of Vermont.)
11:30 - 4:30, Memorial Auditorium, Main Street, Downtown Burlington. Click here to see Tibet Festival Poster.

Monday, November 12
Haro Hara! Pilgrimage to Kataragama, Sri Lanka
A Film by Samuel Holt and Ethan Higbee (Q & A with the director to follow)
7:00 pm, Fleming Museum Room 101
Sponsored by the UVM Department of Religion



For information on Asian Studies events, please contact:
Tracey Durgan, Coordinator, Asian Studies Program
(802) 656-5764 or e-mail Tracey.Durgan@uvm.edu

For information on Chinese House events please contact:
John Yin, Director, Chinese Language
(802) 656-0371 or e-mail John.Yin@uvm.edu
or visit: Chinese House Calendar

For information on Japanese House events please contact:
Kazuko Suzuki, Lecturer of Japanese Language
(802) 656-4477 or e-mail Kazuko.Suzuki@uvm.edu
or visit: Japanese House Calendar


Spring 2007 Past Events:


Friday, February 2 through April 20
Every Friday, the L/L Japanese House presents Japanese Films
Starts at 5:30, CM315, L/L
Presented by Japanese House
More information: jonathan.tinkham@uvm.edu

Friday, February 16 - Cancelled
Wednesday, February 28 -- New Date!
Performance and lecture: David Budbill plays shakuhachi, Japanese Bamboo Flute
12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. , UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus
Free and open to the public
Directions: Directions to UVM and Music Dept. Recital Hall
Presented by the UVM Japanese Language Program and UVM Music Department

Tuesdays, February 20, 27, and March 6
Students for a Free Tibet presents our semesterly Tibetan Film Festival!
8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Lafayette Hall L108
Beginning with 7 Years in Tibet, followed by Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion, and finishing with Kundun.
Three powerful films on three consecutive tuesdays. Come on out!

Wednesday, March 21
Tibetan Dinner
Come enjoy delicious food and celebrate Tibetan culture!
5:00 p.m. - 10 p.m. Billings North Lounge, B300
Presented by Students for a Free Tibet
Contact: Kate Stinchcomb - 513-708-6075

Saturday, April 14
Performance: Sanjeev Abhyankar, Hindustani vocalist,
Accompanist: Ramdas Palsule, Tabla
7:00 p.m., UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus
Ticket prices TBA.
Information: 802-860-9556      Email:  fimd@uvm.edu
Directions: Directions to UVM and Music Dept. Recital Hall
Visit: http://www.uvm.edu/~fimd/
Presented by the UVM Friends of Indian Music and Dance


Fall 2006 Past Events:

Wednesday, September 27
Lecture: Traditional Chinese Garden Art
7:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.   C315 L/L
Presented by Chinese House

Wednesday, October 4
Chinese Painting: Characteristics and Appreciation
7:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. C315 L/L
Presented by Chinese House

Thursday, October 5
"Calligraphy" workshop by Kazuko Suzuki
12:00-1:00 CM302, L/L
(Call 656-4477 for registration)
Presented by Japanese House

Wednesday, October 11
Ethnic Mongolian Music and Dance Performance
Leland and Gray's Journey East, a non-commercial educational/cultural arts exchange program, welcomes talented artists from the Inner Mongolia University Performing Arts College.
The performance is free and open to the public.
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College
Made possible through major funding from the Freeman Foundation and support from the Asian Studies Outreach Program at the University of Vermont.

Thursday, October 12 
"Japanese Flower Arranging" workshop by Kimiko Yumoto
12:00-1:00 CM302, L/L
(Call 656-4477 for registration; nominal fee collected at workshop)
Presented by Japanese House

*Friday, October 13
Film Viewing: "Ghost in the Shell" Directed by Mamoru Oshii
5:30-7:30 CM315, L/L
Presented by Japanese House

*Every Friday, the L/L Japanese House presents Japanese Films
Starts at 5:30, CM315, L/L
Presented by Japanese House
More information: jtinkham@uvm.edu

Saturday, October 14
Indian Students Association presents Diwali Nite: the festival of lights
A colorful festival of food, dancing, music and other events

Wednesday, October 18
Lecture and Demonstration: Acupuncture: Theory and Practice
by Dr. Charles Murdock
7:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. C315 L/L
Presented by Chinese House

Wednesday, October 25
Lecture: Chinese Tea Culture
7:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. C315 L/L
Presented by Chinese House

Thursday, October 26
"Tea Ceremony" workshop by Akira Nagata
Tea and sweets served  (Call 656-4477 for registration)
3:30-4:30 B180 International Lounge (B180), L/L
Presented by Japanese House

Thursday, November 2
"Kimono" demonstration by Yumi Kotoge
3:30-4:30  B180 International Lounge (B180), L/L
Presented by Japanese House

Wednesday, November 1
Lecture and Demonstration: Chinese Martial Arts
by Master Dan Leahy
7:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. TBA
Presented by Chinese House

Saturday, November 4
Tibet Festival
Enjoy traditional Tibetan dance, music, food, crafts bazaar, exhibits and more.  Fun for everyone!  Free! (Donations accepted at the door to benefit the Tibetan Association of Vermont.)
11:30 - 4:30, Memorial Auditorium, Main Street, Downtown Burlington

Saturday, November 4
Friends of Indian Music and Dance presents Prasanna
Classical Carnatic electric guitarist, with Lakshman Mahadevan (mridangam)
7:00 p.m. at UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus
$5 students, $10 members*, $20 non-members - *night-of-show, new membership discount available ($25 minimum donation)
email: fimd@zoo.uvm.edu
website: www.uvm.edu/~fimd

Wednesday, November 8
Chinese Cuisine and Gastronomy:
General Introduction
7:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. C315 L/L
Presented by Chinese House

Wednesday, November 15
Lecture and Performance: Chinese Two-Stringed Fiddle
(Er-hu) by Ms. Qi Shen
7:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. C315 L/L
Presented by Chinese House





Spring 2006 Past Events:

Thursday, April 20
Workshop: "Japanese Flower Arranging" by Kimiko Yumoto
(Call 656-4477 for registration)
12:30-1:30 CM305, L/L
Presented by Japanese House

Monday, April 24
Lecture: "Why China is Likely to Achieve Its Growth Objectives"
by Professor Robert W. Fogel, Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of American Institutions and director of the Center for Population Economics, the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
3:30 - 5:00, Davis Auditorium, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Presented by the Dan and Carole Burack President's Distinguished Lecture Series

Tuesday, April 25
Film: "Gobi Women's Song"
Vermont filmmaker Sas Carey will attend the filming to tell her story, talk about the making of the film and answer questions.
8 PM, CC Theater, Billings
Presented by Culture Jam Film Festival

Friday, January 27
Lecture: "Ethical Dilemmas: Can a Good Buddhist Eat Meat?"
Guest Speaker, Asst. Professor of Religious Studies, Seton Hall University; Post-doctoral Fellow of the Academia Sinica, Taiwan.
1:30 - 2:45 pm, Memorial Lounge, Waterman
Sponsored by the Religion Department

Monday, January 30
Lecture: "Being National, Ethnic or Buddhist: Theravada Monastic Training in the Chinese National Sangha"
Thomas Borchert,  University of Chicago
12:30-1:45, John Dewey Lounge, 325 Old Mill
Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Religion Department     

Thursday, February 2
Film: The Hidden Blade kakushi ken, oni no tsume
7:00 pm, Lafayette L207
Presented by the History Department

Friday, Feb 3
Lecture: "The Arhat€™s Many Faces: Rise of the Arhat Cult in Medieval China (9th-13th cent.)"
(Ryan) Bong Seok Joo, Princeton University
2:00-3:15pm, Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building
Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Religion Department 

Monday, February 6 
Lecture: "The Significance of Blood Disembodied: Female Body in Medieval Chinese Soteriology"
Jessey J.C. Choo, Princeton University
10:00-11:30 a.m., John Dewey Lounge, 325 Old Mill
Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Religion Department

Friday, February 10
Lecture: "The Dao (Way) and the Sage in the Han Dynasty Compendium Huainanzi"
Judson B. Murray, Brown University
3:30-5:00 p.m., 427 Waterman Building
Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Religion Department 

Thursday, February 16
Discussion: "Life in Japan"
UVM students who studied in Japan will lead a discussion.
7:15 - 8:45 CM315, L/L
Presented by Japanese House

Thursday, March 2
Workshop: "Calligraphy" by Kazuko Suzuki
(Call 656-4477 for registration)
12:30-1:30 CM305, L/L
Presented by Japanese House

Thursday, March 9
Lecture: "History, Politics and Comic Books in Contemporary Japan-Korea Relations"
Erik Esselstrom, UVM Assistant Professor of History
12:15-1:15, John Dewey Lounge, 325 Old Mill
Area and International Studies Spring Lecture Series

Thursday, April 6
Demonstration: "Kimono" by Mutsumi Corson
12:30-1:30 B180 International Lounge (B180), L/L
Presented by Japanese House

Monday, April 10     
Talk: "Buddha's Warriors: The Story of the CIA-Backed Tibetan Freedom Fighters, the Chinese Invasion and the Ultimate Fall of Tibet"
Presented by author Mikel Dunham.
7:30 John Dewey Lounge, 3rd Floor Old Mill
Presented by Student for a Free Tibet
Co-sponsored by UVM Asian Studies Program and Sociology

Wednesday, April 12
Film: "Of civil wrongs and rights: the Fred Korematsu Story"
Fred Korematsu resisted, and then challenged in court the forced internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.  This film tells his story.
12:00 - 1:30 Marsh Lounge, Billings.
Presented by the Center for Cultural Pluralism, co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Multicultural Affairs

Thursday, April 13 
Workshop: "Tea Ceremony" by Mutsumi Corson
tea and sweets served (Call 656-4477 for registration)
12:30-1:30 B180 International Lounge (B180), L/L
Presented by Japanese House

Saturday, April 15
Performance: "Shashank & Purbayan Chatterjee present: Jugalbandhi! Flute and Sitar Duet"
Accompanied by: V.V. Ramanamurthy (Mridangam), Samir Chatterjee (Tabla)
7:00 pm, UVM Recital Hall, Redstone Campus
Tickets: General $15/FIMD Members $10/Students $5
Information: 802-860-9556
Artist Information: Shashank
Directions: Directions to UVM and Music Dept. Recital Hall
Visit: http://www.uvm.edu/~fimd/
For all concerts at UVM, tickets are available at the door one hour before the concert begins. Seating is unreserved. Free parking is available for the concerts at UVM.
Presented by the Friends of Indian Music and Dance







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