Archive for February 9th, 2008

the halo-halo panel-panel

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Okay, so here’s a panel discussion that kills me not to be able to attend: yet again, it falls on the same night as one of the classes I teach. Hopefully, some of you can make it and tell me all about it:

Monday, February 11:
Co-sponsored by the Chinese Culture Center and Hyphen magazine,
Asia Society of Northern California presents a panel on…

Mixed Asian Identity and the Creative Arts
(dun-da-da-dahhh!)

This program brings together a range of artists of mixed Asian descent — a musician, a visual artist, a filmmaker and a writer — in a panel discussion moderated by noted mixed Asian scholar Dr. Wei Ming Dariotis.

Is there a collective mixed Asian community? What kinds of experiences define it? How do mixed Asian artists relate to loaded labels like Hapa, Eurasian, Afroasian, Amerasian, etc.? How is art used to express mixed Asian identity? How does artistic expression help to create a mixed Asian community? Though the panel is diverse in terms of artistic disciplines and ethnic identities, the discussion will focus on the common experiences and creative interpretations that help hold the mixed Asian community together.

Dr. Wei Ming Dariotis is an Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies, with an emphasis on Asians of Mixed Heritage and Asian Pacific American Literature, Arts, and Culture at San Francisco State University.

Dr. Anthony Brown is a percussionist, composer, and ethnomusicologist. Dr. Brown received his Ph.D. in music from U.C. Berkeley, where his research focused on the musics of his mixed
heritage. Widely known for his use of Asian musical instruments in jazz, he founded the critically acclaimed Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra in 1998.

Lori Kay is a sculptor and mixed media artist who has held exhibitions and received public commissions in various cities including San Francisco. Her work has been widely exhibited on the local, national, and international levels.

Stuart Gaffney has been making films and videos about queer and Eurasian identity since 1994. His works have screened at APAture, the Guggenheim Museum, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, as well as on KQED Television.

Dr. Persis Karim is a Bay Area native who writes about the Iranian diaspora. Her poetry has been published in numerous literary journals, and she is the author of numerous articles on Iranian American literature. Dr. Karim is currently an associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Jose University.

Mixed Asian Identity and the Creative Arts
Monday, February 11, 2008
6:00 pm Registration
6:30 pm Program

Chinese Culture Center
Chinatown Hilton Hotel
750 Kearny Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA

$5 Asia Society/Co-sponsor Members/Students
$10 Non-members
For more information, please call 415.421.8707