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March 19 - Asian American Poetry Film

"Between the Lines: Asian American Women's Poetry"

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Monday, March 19, 6:30 p.m., 325 Science Classroom Building

This engaging documentary serves as poetry reading, virtual anthology,
and, perhaps most importantly, moving testimony about gender, ethnicity,
aesthetics, and creative choice. The film reflects both individual voice
and diversity within the Asian-American women’s community. Post-film
discussion facilitated by Assistant Professor Evelyn Ch'ien, Department
of English.

Between the Lines:
Asian American Women's Poetry
A videotape by Yunah Hong
US, 2001, 60 minutes, Color, VHS

BETWEEN THE LINES offers rare interviews with over 15 major Asian-Pacific American women poets. Organized in interwoven sections such as Immigration, Language, Family, Memory, and Spirituality, it is a sophisticated merging of Asian-American history and identity with the questions of performance, voice, and image.

This engaging documentary serves as poetry reading, virtual anthology, and, perhaps most importantly, moving testimony about gender, ethnicity, aesthetics, and creative choice. The carefully edited interviews and poems read reflect the filmmaker's desire to show both individual voice and diversity within the Asian-American women�s community. Theoretically as rich as the images and poems provided, there is also an implicit conversation in the video about the possibility and usefulness of an Asian-American women�s aesthetic/poetic. Using carefully selected archival images, historical footage, and brilliant photography as the scrim through which we hear the poets, BETWEEN THE LINES provides important and lively viewing for literature, history, ethnic and women�s studies classes.� - Joseph Boles, Visiting Scholar, Center for Visual Culture, Bryn Mawr