The Asian Studies Institute

Events


Film Series for Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Institute and Student Union Multicultural Center

 

1 Film about Japanese Americans
Name: American Pastime
Time: March 23rd, Tuesday, noon
Place: Student Union Television Lounge
Disscussion: Led by Dr. Hara, sponsored by the Asian Studies Institute.
Description: Powerful story about the dramatic impact WWII had in the home-front as Japanese
American families were with uprooted from their every day lives and placed into internment
camps in Western US in the early 1940's. Faced a country that now doubted their loyalty
and struggling with their new situation, they turn to baseball as a way to handle their plight
and find the strength to stand up for themselves becoming a true symbol of honor and pride.
 
2 Film about Chinese Americans
Name: The Joy Luck Club
Time: March 31st, Wednesday, 5:45pm starts
Place: Field House 1040
Disscussion: Led by Prof. Reising, sponsored by the Asian Studies Institute
Description: The 1993 film adaptation of Amy Tan's bestselling novel is both a delight and a moving
experience,a must-see film of the year.  It tells the uplifting story of four remarkable
Chinese American friends whose extraordinary lives are filled with joy and heartbreak. Their
lifelong friendship reveals a mosaic of the startling events and conditions that have shaped
their lives and how these experiences have affected the hopes and dreams they hold for
each of their children.
 
3 Film about Indian Americans
Name: The Namesake
Time: April 7th, Wednesday, noon
Place: Student Union Television Lounge
Disscussion: Led by Dr. AnnadKunnathur, sponsored by the Asian Studies Institute
Description: the two sides of immigration: the struggles adjustments faced by a couple who move here
from a  distant land, and the of their offspring to reconcile their parents' traditional culture
with their own distinctly American outlook. The tale begins in the late '70s, when aspiring
engineer Ashoke Ganguli and his new wife Ashima move to New York from Calcutta.  It’s
a very American film. It’s about family, about hope, about how we all got here, through the
lens of this particular family.
 
4 Film about Chinese heritage
Name: Chinese Places and their legends
Time: April 20th, Wednesday, noon
Place: Student Union Television Lounge
Disscussion: Led by the CI Institute member, sponsored by the Confucius Institute
Description: To be filled by Chen Kunlun
 
 
5 Film about New Zealand Americans
Name: Grand Turino Whale Rider
Time: April 14th Wednesday, noon
Place: Student Union Television Lounge
Disscussion: Led by a UT faculty member and an FAAUT member, ponsored by the Filipino American
  Association
Description: To be filled by Rosendo
 
 
6 Film about Filipino Americans
Name: The Debut
Time: April 27,  Tuesday, 7pm
Place: The Ground Level Coffeehouse
Disscussion: Led by UT faculty member and the Filipino American Association member, sponsored by the
  Filipino American Association and Asian Studies Institute
Description: To be filled by Cristina
Contact: Gene Chang, Director of the Asian Studies Institute, gene.chang@utoledo.edu
 
 
 
Last Updated: 6/26/15