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April 2010

Vincent Who? Movie Screening

Monday, April 19, 2010
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Barus & Holley 166

Join us for the film screening and discussion with director and producer Curtis Chin.

VINCENT WHO? (2009, 40 minutes) - In 1982, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments. For the first time, Asian Americans around the country galvanized to form a real community and movement. This documentary, inspired by a series of town halls organized by Asian Pacific Americans for Progress on the 25th anniversary of the case, features interviews with the key players at the time, as well as a whole new generation of activists. "Vincent Who?" asks how far Asian Americans have come since then and how far we have yet to go. Featured interviews include: Helen Zia (lead activist during the Chin trial), Renee Tajima Pena (director, "Who Killed Vincent Chin?"), Stewart Kwoh (Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center), Lisa Ling (journalist), Sumi Pendakur (Univ. of Southern California), Dale Minami (civic rights attorney), Doua Thor (Executive Director, Southeast Asian Resource Action Center), and a group of five diverse young APA activists whose lives were impacted by Vincent Chin.

Curtis Chin is an award-winning writer and producer who has worked for ABC, NBC, , Fox, the Disney Channel and more. As a community activist, he co-founded the Asian American Writers Workshop and Asian Pacific Americans for Progress. In 2008, he served on Barack Obama's Asian American Leadership Council where he participated in helping the campaign reach out to the AAPI community. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, NPR, Newsweek and other media outlet.


PONYO Movie Screening

Monday, April 12, 2010
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Smitty B 106

Come join JCA for a relaxing study break to watch PONYO!

Homemade snacks (taiyaki balls) provided.

Ponyo is a 2008 Japanese animated film by Studio Ghibli, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The plot centers on a goldfish named Ponyo who befriends a five-year-old human boy, Sōsuke, and wants to become a human girl.

The film has won several awards, including the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. The film reached #9 in the U.S. box office charts for its opening weekend. It received a special mention in the Venice Future Film Festival, for "the high artistic and expressive quality of animation able to give form to wonderful imagination of the worldwide cinema master"



Brown HKSA Presents: "Hong Kong's Evolving Economy"

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Wilson 102, Main Green

"Hong Kong's Evolving Economy" will be a lecture presented by the Hong Kong Students' Association at Brown. 

Ms. Monica Chen, Office Director of the Hong Kong Economics and Trade Office in New York, will be speaking about how Hong Kong has remained a sustainable economy even in light of recent global trends, and how it has evolved from a manufacturing-based, labour-intensive economy to a knowledge-based economy. Ms Chen will also talk about Hong Kong's economic integration with China. 

This event is sponsored by the Hong Kong Office of Economics and Trade and the Brown University Hong Kong Alumni Association. 

The event is FREE and there will be a reception with food and drinks to follow in Wilson Hall Lobby. The reception will be catered by Chinese Iron Wok restaurant.



Start Time:
Friday, April 16, 2010 at 6:30pm
End Time:
Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 2:00am
RISD Auditorium

Brown KASA/Hanuri and RISD KSA present

SEOUL'D OUT: The 5th Annual Korean Culture Show

Friday April 16th 6:30-8:30 PM
RISD Auditorium (South Main St. and College St., by the River)
Dinner (Korean Food) will be catered from Sura!

Join us for the after party at club District 10PM-2AM
Shuttles will be provided to the club

Ticket Sales will occur between Monday April 12th and Friday April 16th at the lobby of JWW.
Show: $10
Afterparty: $10
Both for $15


4th Annual New York City Asian American Student Conference 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010
9:30am - 10:00pm
NYU Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY


With registration, you get free breakfast, lunch, and dinner; access to all the workshops and panels; and a ticket to the nighttime concert. 

The New York City Asian American Student Conference is an annual gathering dedicated to promoting awareness of APA issues and history among college students.

This year's conference will explore the theme of "Change in Motion." In previous years, we've examined and redefined our unique identity as Asian Americans, seeking to empower our community to challenge injustice through education and action. Since then, we have seen evidence of our thriving presence as Asian Americans – from high school students in Philadelphia taking a stance against intolerable circumstances and unresponsive institutions, to improvements in media representation in the characters of Russell in Disney-Pixar's Up and Kelly Kapoor in The Office. At the same time, we still confront longstanding issues of discrimination, racism and socioeconomic limitations in all aspects of our lives - from the political realm to the social, in access to proper health care and educational opportunities.

This year we will explore the non-linear relationships between our current, evolving presence, the historical narratives of previous generations and our future. We will examine the fluidity and the scopes of our identities, our causes and our movements – for it is our goal as student activists and members of the Asian American community to visualize all of these forces at work and to have the knowledge and perspective to distinguish them as independent entities. The deconstruction of these forces will empower us to move beyond the established hierarchies and limitations within ourselves, our communities, and the global context in which we live. The conference seeks to continue and explore the momentum created by past and present movements, in order to advance this change in motion.

NYCAASC's committee is comprised of students from Columbia University, New York University, Hunter College, School of Visual Arts, Baruch College, City College, and Fordham University. As a committee, we strive to reflect the spirit of celebrating and unifying the Asian American voice in all its forms and representations, perpetuating the presence of a vibrant community.



Meet Wong Fu Productions


Wong Fu Productions will be coming to Brown University for the first time ever!!!

Friday April 16, 2010 8pm-12am (stop by whenever you can!)
Macmillan 117
How much: FREE


Come meet Phil, Ted, and Wes in person and see their new unreleased works. Speaking presentation, unreleased works, and meet and greet at the end.

Iced bubble tea will be sold at $2.50 per cup before the event!
"Wong Fu Productions, also referred to as Wong Fu, is an Asian American filmmaking group composed of Wesley Chan, Ted Fu, and Philip Wang. The trio met at the University of California, San Diego in 2004 and produced a number of music videos and short films released on YouTube before establishing a professional media company, Sketchbook Media, after their graduation. Their works have been featured at a number of national and international film festivals, including the San Diego Asian Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. The members of Wong Fu Productions are also considered role models among Asian Americans because their works promote a non-stereotypical representation of the racial group."

Take a look at some of their hilarious videos if you haven't yet!
Yellow Fever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_edce8uccAc
Just a Nice Guy I: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrnK-qPARYI
Just a Nice Guy II: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMGeWGvDHTA
Just a Nice Guy III: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5lJL2peXik
Poser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GLJRzuodKo

(Hosted by AASA and BTS)





March 2010

China Care Brown Awareness Week
March 15-19
Do YOU know what China Care Brown does? 

Find a fake dollar in your PO box and donate it to help fund vital surgeries for orphans in China! Look for the China Care boxes at JWW. Every fake dollar will be matched by $5 real dollars!

Then, stop by the China Care Brown table in JWW to find out more! There will be hot chocolate, free goodies, and more.

Also, check out daily tableslips for fun facts about China Care Brown, enjoy a lecture on international adoption by Prof. Sonja van Wichelen this Wednesday, and shop at the Charity Fashion Sale this Friday


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Wednesday March 17
MacMillan 115

Brown Taiwan Society presents:

from world renowned Taiwanese director Ang Lee

"A soulful action film. It's an epic that breaks the laws of gravity!"
-Elvis Mitchell, the New York Times

the highest grossing foreign language film in American history

winner of four Academy Awards



Movie Screening of "Go": Hanuri, JCA, KASA Joint event
Tuesday March 16
Salomon 001

Come join members of Hanuri, JCA, and KASA for a screening of "GO":

The film stars Kubozuka Yōsuke and Kou Shibasaki. It tells the story of a Japanese boy of Korean origins (Kubozuka) and his love story with a Japanese girl (Shibasaki). The central theme of the movie is the integration problems of a zainichi (permanent ethnic Korean residents of Japan) boy in Japanese society.

Snacks will be provided!

For more info and a detailed review on the movie:


Asian Arts Fest 2010: Director's Cut
Saturday March 20
List 120

Performances by:

Lion Dance 
FA Traditional 
The Le Family
Jeremy Bengson+Sonia Kim
Star Wang+Matt Balatbat
FA Modern 

Dinner served 6:30-7:00
Show 7:00-9:00
$5 at JWW
$8 at door

t-shirt raffle before show
100th person wins FREE admission

Sponsored by AASA. Hosted by Tim Natividad '12 and Eric Lee '10.



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