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The Chinese community in the Twin Cities cordially invites you to the opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the special photo exhibition event: "100 Years of Chinese American History in Minnesota from 1911 to 2011." This exhibition program is intended to share the experiences and contributions of Chinese immigrant settlers in the state of Minnesota and their relationships to historical events back in the homeland, illuminated through hundreds of rare historic photographs and 15 personal oral interviews of local Chinese immigrant families.

100 Years of Chinese American History in Minnesota from 1911 - 2011
** Exhibition Preview, Chinese music Concert, & Pan Asian Dance
Date/Time: May 1st, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
(Pan Asian Dance: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
(Chinese Music Concert: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.)
Venue: St. Paul Landmark Center
(75 W. 5th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102)
Admission: Free

** Exhibition Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Date/Time: May 4th, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Venue: St. Paul Landmark Center
(75 W. 5th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102)
Admission: Free; hors d'oeuvre will be served during the program

The entire duration of the photo exhibition at the St. Paul Landmark Center is from May 1 to June 12, 2011.

These events are sponsored by the Minnesota Chinese Cultural Services Center (MCCSC), Chinese American Academic and Professional Association in Minnesota (CAAPAM), Asian Media Access (AMA), Minnesota Veterans Association in Minnesota (MCVA), and several other Chinese community organizations. It is funded in part by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008, and is administered by Minnesota Historical Society, and MN State Arts Board.

1210 Heller Hall

The first hour of this event will be a screening of the Minnesota Hmong documentary, "Open Season," followed by a reading by Ed Bok Lee, local MN community activist, poet/author, and professor. Director Mark Tang, Professor Ed Bok Lee, Professor Vang, and Professor Mai Na Lee, will sit on the discussion panel after the film and reading. Professor Mai Na Lee (History) will also introduce the Documentary.

Asian Pacific Youth Council
The Asian American Teens' Exposition

April 30, 2011 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Intermedia Arts
2822 South Lyndale Ave., Minneapolis

RSVP to or 651.757-1740
*A reception precedes the event
$5.00 Admission Fee

Free for Children & Senior Citizens

"This project is funded with money from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008."

About the Event
The Asian Pacific Youth Council (APYC) will display their talent in full force with original performances in MUSIC Ÿ DRAMA Ÿ POETRY Ÿ PROSE Ÿ DANCE Ÿ FILM

The APYC will read excerpts from & have a book signing for their book "Yellow: Where we can be, An Anthology of the Asian American Teenagers' Experience." The book features candid stories, poignant poems, and open letters to family and friends about the lives, struggles, triumphs, and times of today's youth. In more than 100 pages, youth explore the themes of 1) the cultural expectation of parents and the balancing act that must be created; 2) identity and self-discovery; 3) experiences of discrimination; and 4) the love of family and friends.

Still a House Divided: Race and Politics in Obama's America

Monday, April 25th, 2011
12-1:15 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

During the 2008 election and afterward, many commentators speculated that Barack Obama moved America beyond its history of fractious racial battles, which Obama and his political advisers encouraged to broaden their political appeal. After two years in office, however, it is clear that the first black president has not introduced a new post-racial America. Instead, Obama's color-blind policies and political strategy of avoiding racial discussions has turned a blind eye to deepening racial disparities.

Desmond King is the Andrew Mellon Chair of American Government and a Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. His talk draws on his forthcoming book with Rogers Smith, Still a House Divided: Race and Politics in Obama's America (Princeton University Press, August 2011). This event will be moderated by Professor Dara Strolovitch.

Desmond King has taught at the University of Oxford since 1991 where he holds the Andrew W Mellon Chair of American Government and a Fellow of Nuffield College. He was previously faculty member of the London School of Economics. His research covers race and American politics, immigration, welfare and urban politics and US federal policy. His publications include Actively Seeking Work: Workfare in the USA and UK (1995), Making Americans: Immigration, Race and the Origin of the Diverse Democracy (2000), The Liberty of Strangers: Making the American Nation (2005), Separate and Unequal: African Americans and the US Federal Government (2007), and The Unsustainable American State, with Lawrence Jacobs, (2009). He is a Fellow of the British Academy.

This event is free and open to the public.

Extra Credit: Plays at Pangea World Theatre

Written by Masanari Kawahara; Directed by Molly Van Avery
April 8 & 16, 7:30pm
HIROSHIMA is a one-person show about silence and memories, conversations with grandma, and growing up in Hiroshima, Japan and leaving there. This performance in-progress is influenced by Butoh dance and incorporates puppetry.

ZAFIRA (warrior princess of the world)
Staged Reading
Written by Kathryn Haddad; Directed by Dipankar Mukherjee
April 9 & 14, 7:30pm
It is the not so distant future and suicide bombers have hit simultaneous cities across the United States. Arab and Muslim Americans are official enemies of the state and have been ordered into internment camps. ZAFIRA (warrior princess of the world) tells the story of one Arab American womanʼs experience leading up to, during, and after her internment.

Eleven Reflections on September and Associated Events
Written, Directed & Performed by Andrea Assaf
April 21 - May 1
Eleven Reflections on September is a poetry-based, multi-media performance on the Arab American experience, Wars on/of Terror, and "the constant, quiet rain of death amidst beauty" that each autumn brings in a post-9/11 world.

The Other Side of Korean Adoption, May 6, 2011 @ 5:30 pm (Reception following), 402 Walter Library. Engage with scholars, activists and artists who address the changing landscape in South Korea involving domestic adoption, birth mother rights, and birth family search and reunion.

Richard M. Lee, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Heewon Lee, Co-Author of "HERE: A Visual History of Adopted Koreans In Minnesota," with Hyang Eun Kim, Ph.D., Kosin University, Jon Huston, President,, Sun Mee Chomet
Actress and playwright, Choi Hyung- Sook, Member, Korean Unwed Mothers and Families Association (KUMFA) (video interview). FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Extra Credit: Chia Vang, "Hmong America," Sat. April 30, 3pm

"HMONG AMERICA: RECONSTRUCTING COMMUNITY IN DIASPORA," Prof. Chia Youyee Vang (UW Milwaukee), Saturday, April 30, 3-4pm, 1210 Heller Hall

Professor Chia Youyee Vang will discuss her book, Hmong America: Reconstructing Community in Diaspora, considered "the first scholarly work to come from inside the Hmong community." Hmong America documents Chia Youyee Vang's own migration from Laos to Minnesota at age nine and the transformations she has witnessed in Hmong communities throughout the migration and settlement processes.

135 Nicholson Hall

This lecture will draw from Lily Cho's recent book, Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada, to explore the problem of membership in conceptualizing diasporic
community. Two of the central arguments of this book are, first, that Chinese diasporic culture emerges through interaction and, second, that old and new diasporas are crucially
constitutive of each other. This talk will focus on a series of contemporary art installations by Karen Tam, Gold Mountain Restaurants. In this work, Tam installs "fake" Chinese
restaurants in contemporary art galleries across Canada. Cho argues that Tam's installations illuminate precisely both the ways in which interaction between and across cultural divides produces diasporic culture and the powerful presence of the old diaspora within the spaces of the new. In so doing, in transforming this institution of small town life into an installation within the cosmopolitan spaces of contemporary art, she animates the Chinese restaurant as a diasporic counterpublic.

Extra Credit Opportunities

There will be opportunities to earn extra credit in this class. New postings will be listed here and announced in class. You are allowed to use up to TWO extra credit opportunities. Each opportunity will be worth up to one percentage point to be applied to your lowest paper grades (not the oral history project). For example, if you receive 89% on a paper and turn in an excellent extra credit response paper, you could earn one percentage point, raising your paper grade to a 90%.

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