PACIFIC CROSSINGS: Te Vaka and Kauamakaiwa Kanaka'ole September 27, 2011, 7:00PM, Charles B. Wang Center Theater RESERVE YOUR TICKETS NOW - THIS SHOW WILL SELL OUT! The vibrance of the Pacific Islands comes to our Long Island! TE VAKA fuse a rock aesthetic with traditional Polynesian percussion, creating music with powerful rhythm and a captivating sonic palette. A dynamic live group – including a bevy of captivating dancers – Te Vaka has won numerous awards in Britain, New Zealand, and continental Europe. Their delicate melodies and smooth harmonies move you, while their vibrant acoustic beats make you want to move! Singer KAUMAKAIWA KANAKA'OLE is lauded as “the voice of Hawai’i’s new generation.” Kanaka’ole’s music reflects his profound engagement with his culture and lineage, as well as his experiences in contemporary Hawai’i. Kanaka’ole is a compelling singer of rare power, with a thrillingly androgynous voice that both booms and glistens, thunders and soars. http://www.tevaka.com/ http://www.mountainapplecompany.com/kaumakaiwa/ Tickets: $35 (VIP) / $20 (General) / $15 (Seniors) / $10 (Students). Discount of 20% for groups of 5 or more. Reserve by telephone (2-4400), email ([log in to unmask]). For the Flier: http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/wang/programs/pacific%20crossings.pdf ____________________ PEACE TREE 9/11 MEMORIAL Wednesday, September 7 through Thursday, September 15 Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Lobby Marking the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, Peace Tree 9/11 features works by artists from around the world – including the United States, Europe, and Asia – submitted in response to a call for art. Comprising paper sculptures constructed in numerous styles, the exhibition is inspired by the paper cranes folded by mourners in the aftermath of 9/11. Peace Tree 9/11 engages its audience in contemplation of peace, solidarity, and social justice, and seeks to transcend the political, ethnic, and sectarian tensions that so often emerge in response to tragedy. You are invited to contribute your own offerings of peace and remembrance, for display alongside the memorial tree. Opening reception and ceremony: Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 1PM, Zodiac Lobby Light refreshments will be served. Closing Reception and Ceremony: Wednesday, September 14, 3pm, Zodiac Lobby The exhibition and receptions are free and open to the public. You are invited to contribute your offerings of peace from September 7 to September 15 ____________________ RACIALIZING AREA STUDIES, DEFETISHIZING CHINA: Shu-mei Shih, University of California, Los Angeles Tuesday, September 6, 4:30 pm. Humanities 1006 The goals of area studies and ethnic studies are essentially contradictory. Area studies provide strategically important information for the U.S. empire, while ethnic studies critique it from within. This alone may explain the hostility between area studies and ethnic studies, but the crucial pivot around which this hostility can be better understood is the question of race. What happens when we racialize area studies? And how does doing so affect our understanding of China? Presented by the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook _______________________ DESI AMERICA 10 YEARS AFTER 9/11 Tuesday, September 13, 7pm, Wang Center Lecture Hall 1 Share your thoughts in a timely forum about South Asian American communities in the post-9/11 world. How did the tragedy and its aftermath transform Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi American communities? How have their roles as citizens and residents of the United States been redefined? How has it shaped their relationships with Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim Americans – and with each other? Dynamic community organizers and artists PRERANA REDDY of the Queens Museum of Art and the Visible Collective, PUSHKAR SHARMA of Brownstar Revolution, TITO SINHA of Desis Organizing, members of KHADIJA'S CARAVAN share their insights and spark a reflective dialog. Presented in collaboration with the Asian American Literary Review (AALR) an Asian American nonprofit literary journal and organization, which just released a special issue commemorating the 10 year anniversary of September 11th. To learn more about AALR's special issue, please visit www.aalrmag.org or contact [log in to unmask] More about: Visible Collective : http://disappearedinamerica.org/ Brownstar Revolution: http://www.brownstarrevolution.com/home.html Khadija's Caravan: http://www.khadijahscaravan.com/ All are welcome. Free Admission. __________ ANNA MAY WONG: In Her Own Words (Yunah Hong/2010/USA/ 57 min) Wednesday, September 21, 7pm, Wang Center Theater followed by Q&A with filmmaker Yunah Hong. The talented, glamorous and cosmopolitan Anna May Wong was the first Chinese American movie star. She started out in silent films when she was 17. She went on to make dozens of films in Hollywood, London and Berlin, costarringwith Marlene Dietrich, Anthony Quinn and Douglas Fairbanks. Yet she spent most of her career typecast either as a painted doll or a scheming dragon lady. Filmmaker Yunah Hong paints a vivid portrait of a Hollywood original, narrated in Wong’s own words by actress Doan Ly. Generous excerpts from Wong’s films, archival photographs and interviews enhance this richly detailed picture of a woman and her times. Presented by The Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University ______________ For more information on these and other Asian and Asian American Programs please visit: http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/wang/ or call: 631-632-4400.