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Asian Centennial Events

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 Academic Speaker Series & Exhibits

University wide faculty enjoin the faculties of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and  Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies in presenting a global line-up of guest speakers and workshops covering a wide array of disciplines and specializations.

September 9, 2-320PM, “The Global White Snake: by Professor Liang Luo, Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Kentucky. Click this Zoom Link. A timely mediation and reflection on the continued struggle for minority rights and social justice. (Organized by Professor Emily Wilcox, MLL: Chinese.)

September 17, Noon-1PM: APIA Faculty Banh Mi with Professor Andrea Wright, and Awarding of Jinlan Liu Faculty Research Award, Sadler Center Commonwealth Auditorium (Click For YouTube Recording). Professor Andrea Wright of Anthropology and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies shares her latest research findings. (Organized by APIA and Professor Deenesh Sohoni, Sociology.)

September 23, 5-615PM, Zoom: "They Want our Culture, Not our Struggle: Towards a Fuller Embrace of API and other BIPOC in Pop Culture Industries" with Dr. Ninochka McTaggart and Dr. Eileen O'Brien.  Ninochta McTaggart and Eileen O’Brien will focus on 3 pop culture industries: music, Hollywood, and sports. They are authors of the article “Seeking Liberation, Facing Gendered Marginalization: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Hip Hop Culture,” and the book: White Privilege: The Persistence of Racial Hierarchy in a Culture of Denial. (Passcode: 062574)

September 24, 5-630PM, Zoom: "Albanian National Context of Teachings of the Bektashi Sufi Order" by Dervish Huseyin Abiva. A Sufi dervish affiliated with the Albanian Bektashi community based in Michigan. Huseyin Abiva will talk to us about the teachings of the Bektashi Sufi order and its current place in the Albanian national context. Dervish Huseyin Abiva holds a degree in history from the University of Maryland, and he is a dervish serving the Bektashi Community of America. Dervish Huseyin has translated a number of important Bektashi works into English, including the Vilayetname of Haji Bektash Veli, and Baba Rexheb’s Islamic Mysticism and Bektashism.Passcode: 595522 (Organized by Professor Ayfer Karakaya-Stump, History)

September 25, 1030AM, Zoom: “From Harry Potter to BTS: Greek myth in Youth Culture" by Dr. Vassiliki PanoussiChancellor Professor of Classical Studies and Chair. Presented as part of Parent's Weekend 2021. (Organized by the Department of Classical Studies.)

September 29, 12-1PM, Zoom: "Performing Solidarities: Third World Alliance as Choreographic Practice." Dr. Emily Wilcox of the William & Mary Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will present her research on movement, Third World Unity, and decolonization. Please email [[jdcarlson]] for Zoom Link. (Organized by the Department of Anthropology.)

September 30, 330PM, Zoom: “Reflections on What It Is Like To Be a Philosopher of Asian Descent” Q&A with Dr. Anand Vaidya, Professor of Philosophy at San Jose State University. (Organized by Professor Laura Guerrero, Philosophy.) Zoom Meeting ID: 995 9835 6880 Passcode: 279617

October 1, 4PM, Zoom: “Resisting the Allure of Illusionism” by Dr. Anand Vaidya, Professor of Philosophy at San Jose State University. (Organized by Professor Laura Guerrero, Philosophy.) Zoom Meeting ID: 967 0657 0622 Passcode: 208143

October 6, 7PM, Zoom: "Nationalism in Asia" a talk by Professor Maya J. Tudor, Oxford University.  Dr. Tudor’s research investigates the origins of stable, democratic and effective states across the developing world, with a particular emphasis upon South Asia. She was educated at Stanford University (BA in Economics) and Princeton University (MPA in Development Studies and PhD in Politics and Public Policy). She has held fellowships at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Oxford University’s Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy, and Stanford University. (Organized by Professor Rani Mullen, Government.)

October 8 Noon-1PM, TBD: "History, Causality & Resistance: Stopping Anti-Asian Hatred During COVID" with Dr. Russell Jeung Founder of stop AAPI hate and Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. Using incidents reported to Stop AAPI Hate, Professor Jeung discusses the nationwide trends in anti-Asian racism, their causes, and their historic roots. He then shares how the Asian American community is resisting this racism and what gains we have made.  (Organized by APIA and Professor Deenesh Sohoni, Sociology.) For Zoom attendance, please register here.

October 14, Washington 315, 330-5PM: Bellini Colloquium presents "Perspectives on the Linguistic Sign: Sound Symbolism in English and Arabic" by ProfessorJohn Eisele. Professor John Eisele is the author of the book Arabic Verbs in Time: Tense and Aspect in Cairene Arabic and of numerous essays published in Language, JAOS, al Arabiyyah, and Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics. A past recipient of Fulbright and NEH fellowships, his current research focuses on two areas: the representation of Arabs and the Middle East in the Hollywood tradition and the representation of the Arabic language as a cultural icon and as a linguistic object. His third area of expertise, Arabic language pedagogy, has recently been recognized by the award of a Department of Education International Research and Studies grant to support the development of a series of textbooks for the teaching of Arabic in all of its varieties . He teaches courses on Arabic language, literature in translation, and Arab film as an introduction to the Arab world. (Organized by the Department of Modern Languages and Literature.)

October 15 Dr. Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Brown University. Diversity and Inclusion Symposium. Dr. Hu-Dehart will keynote the 6th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Symposium with the theme "Striving for Social Justice Through Belonging and Liberation." This symposium will be an event focused on advancing the conversation on diversity & inclusion within higher education. The day will feature three keynote speakers with round-table discussions. Registration opens on September 20th and will close on October 8th. (Organized by Dr. Chon Glover and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.) Register here for this Zoom event.

October 22, 4-5PM, Grand Opening Launch & Reception: Pu-Kao Chen Exhibit in W&M Library, curated by Sumie Yotsukura ’22 and Brian Zhao ’23 of the APM Research Project. This exhibit premieres Chen’s published essay detailing his thoughts and analysis of his experiences as a student at William & Mary. The exhibit is currently on display and will be open for the fall semester. (Organized by the Asian Centennial and advised by Professor Deenesh Sohoni, Sociology and APIA: Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies.)

October 28, 5PM, Zoom: "Okinawa and the US Military Issues: Past, Present, and Future," by Mr. Satoshi Uechi, Director, Okinawa Prefectural Government Washington DC Office. Hybrid: This talk is accesible via Zoom as well as through in-person viewing in Washington 315. (Organized by Professor Tomoyuki Sasaki, MLL: Japanese. RSVP through Professor Sasaki's email. [[tsasaki at]] )

October 29, 1030AM-1230PM, Zoom: "Armenian Identity in Turkey and Remembering the Ottoman Empire" by Garo Paylan. A Turkish-Armenian politician and human rights activist, Paylan, is currently a member of the Turkish Parliament for the Peoples’ Democratic Party. Garo Paylan will give us a talk about being Armenian in Turkey and remembering the Ottoman Empire as a Turkish-Armenian. 

October 29, 330PM, Zoom: “Philosophy and Power: East-West Encounter in the Formation of Modern East Asian Buddhist Philosophy" by Dr. Jin Park, Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, American University (Organized by Professor Laura Guerrero, Department of Philosophy.)
 Zoom Meeting ID: 999 9016 5040 Passcode: 948766

October 29, 430PM, Zoom: “Reflections on What It Is Like To Be a Philosopher of Asian Descent” with Dr. Jin Park, Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, American University. (Organized by Professor Laura Guerrero, Department of Philosophy.) Zoom Meeting ID: 999 9016 5040 Passcode: 948766

November 2, 5PM, Zoom: “How May I Help You? An Immigrant’s Journey from MBA to Minimum Wage” by Deepak Singh. Deepak discusses his move from northern India to Virginia, and reflect on class and racial hierarchies. (Organized by Professor Andrea Wright of AMES and Anthropology.)

November 12, 930AM, Ewell 151: “Inside Arabic Music” by Johnny Farraj. Guest Artist and Scholar Johnny Farraj will be discussing his book. (Organized by Professor Anne Rasmussen, Music and AMES.)

November 18, 5PM, Zoom: Jiayang Fan of the New Yorker will discuss with students her experiences writing about China outside of China. (Organized by Professor Andrea Wright, AMES and Anthropology.)

November 30, 2-320PM, Zoom: “The Evolution of the Chinese Internet” by Dr. Shaohua Guo, Associate Professor of Chinese, Carleton College. Dr. Guo will speak on her book which traces the emergence and maturation of the bulletin board system, the microblog, and WeChat. (Organized by Professor Emily Wilcox, MLL: Chinese.)

November 30, 11AM, Zoom: "Lecciones Para Un Niño Que Llega Tarde" ("Lessons for a Child Who Arrives Late") by Carlos Yoshimoto. Japanese Peruvian author Carlos Yushimito will be discussing his book of the same title. (Organized by Professor Michael Iyanaga, Music and Latin American Studies.)

March 18, 2022, TBD: "Contemporary Anglophone Literary Representations of South Asian Diasporic Experience in Germany: A Viable Space to Reflect on South Asian Germanness?" by Dr. Christine Vogt-William, University of Bayreuth, Germany. Dr. Vogt-William will discuss how South Asian German identities have been constructed as ‘Other Germans’. Guyanese German author Sharon Maas’ 2003 novel The Speech of Angels set in 1990s Stuttgart and Indian author Vikram Seth’s 2005 biography of his uncle Shanti Seth entitled Two Lives set in 1930s Berlin, provide literary sites to reflect on the elusive contours of Germanness itself and what it means for South Asians to claim this identity in the 21st century. This talk is a part of the APIA Centennial, AMES Talk Series, and the APIA-AMES Capstone Seminar. (Organized by Professor R. Benedito Ferrao, English and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies.)


March 25, 2022, 12-1PM, TBD-in person: "Envisioning The Future of Ethnic Studies at William & Mary: A Community Panel Conversation" with Professors Monika Gosin, Laura Guerrero, Danielle Moretti-Langholtz, and Steve Prince.  A community dialogue on the state and future of cultural and ethnic studies programs at William & Mary. (Organized by the Asian Centennial, Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies Banh Mi Lecture Series, Global Studies, and The Lemon Project.)

Alumni Engagement

Led by Ivana Marshall, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement and Inclusion Initiatives, on behalf of the William & Mary Alumni Association, we continue to organize a diversity of alumni focused programming featuring the work of APIM alums. Past events have focused on professional connections through networking, storytelling, alumni-student engagement opportunities and APIM representation in the arts. Future events will include, but not be limited to, coalition building through the APIM community, alumni-student engagement opportunities, as well as the formation of an APIM alumni advisory board to sustain the engagement, leadership and philanthropy of the William & Mary APIM community.

September 29, 6-7PM, Zoom: "Combating the Invisibility of Middle Eastern and North African Identities in American Healthcare with Dr. Elyas Bakhtiari."Join Dr. Elyas Bakhtiari, assistant professor of Sociology at William & Mary, for a presentation about how to incorporate Middle Eastern and North African Americans into health disparities research. Dr. Bakhtiari will discuss the implications of population categorization, defining races and ethnicities, how the September 1, 2001 attacks have impacted the ways that Middle Eastern and North African Americans are categorized, and the effects of institutionalized racism. Learn how invisibility affects social determinants of health and how visibility can save lives.  Participants are encouraged to participate in the Q&A opportunity with Dr. Bakhtiari after the presentation!

October 9, 1230-3PM, APIM Alumni Pre-Game Tailgate, Alumni House Lawn. Reconnect during a pre-game tailgate with the APIM, representing Asian-Pacific Islander-Middle Eastern/Southwest Asian alumni. We will gather outside of the newly renovated Alumni House for great food, good music and an all-around great time! Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Asian, Pacific & Middle Eastern Film Series

Curated by Professor Francis Tanglao Aguas, the APM Film Festival features award winning films exploring the rich experiences of the diverse Asian, Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern/Southwest Asian communities. Most screenings are in Boswell 220 at 2-4PM, unless noted.

September 16: THE GOLDEN HARVEST by Dr. Alia Yunis, NYU Abu Dhabi. (Click Here For Audio Version.) Tracing the story of the olive, the filmmaker, novelist, and scholar Alia Yunis explores the story of Palestine and other olive related transnational scenarios. The Golden Harvest (2019), made its debut at Thessaloniki International Film Festival, won Best of the Fest at its US debut at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, and has gone on to play in several other festivals. Alia spent many years in Los Angeles as a screenwriter and script analyst for companies such as Village Roadshow Pictures and Miramax. Alia is a PEN Emerging Voices Fellow and the recipient of a comedy-writing award from Warner Bros. Her novel, The Night Counter (Random House 2010), was critically acclaimed by the Washington Post, the Boston Entertainment Weekly, and several other publications, and it is read in classes in several schools and universities. Her fiction and non-fiction writings have appeared in numerous books, magazines, and anthologies and have been translated into six languages.

September 23: ISLAND SOLDIER by Nathan Fitch, with an Artist Talk and Q&A. Fitch explores the stories of the young men of Micronesia who have long been a resource of labor for the US Armed Forces but have been unable to reap the rewards of their sacrifice. (This film is screening immediately online via W&M Kanopy.)

October 21: OUR TIMES by Rakhshān Banietemad. This documentary by Iran’s esteemed filmmaker follows a group of young men and women as they campaign for the reform-minded Khatami. Rakhshan Banietemad (1954, Tehran, Iran) was one of the first women to make films after the Iranian Revolution of 1979. She is now the foremost woman director in her country, enjoying both national and international renown. Banietemad extends the boundaries of officially permitted imagination. Her work appeals to women in her own country and beyond, subtly researching and presenting womanhood and moving people’s hearts and minds. While never alienating the mainstream audience, her films have a distincly female perspective, a strong sympathy with the feminist cause and a preoccupation with female sensibility and the role of women in love and society. But Bani-Etemad does not want to be called a feminist, since she fears being confined by ideology. She is an artist first, and she needs the freedom to explore and explain positions that may not be placed high on the feminist agenda. The result is a true change of attitude through art.

October 22, 5PM, Blow 201: BUDJANG Film Screening and Q&A with Director Rhadem Musawah. Rhadem Musawa is a Filipino Moro Indigenous filmmaker and human rights activist. His latest film, BUDJANG, highlights the LGBTQ community in his home state of Mindanao. The 30 minute film is followed by a Zoom Q&A with Musawa. There will be a reception with food to-go. The first 35 registrants will be able to attend in person, with the following registrants receiving a Zoom link. (Co-presented with The W&M Rainbow Coalition, AMES: Asian & Middle Eastern Studies-Global Studies, Government, 1693 Scholars, Global Research Initiative, International Justice Lab, and the Center for Student Diversity)

October 26: UNDER THE SKIN OF THE CITY by Rakhshān Banietemad with virtual attendance from Iran’s most famed female filmmaker Rakhshān Banietemad and scholar Professor Maryam Ghorbankarimi of Lancaster University. Professor Tanglao Aguas will moderate a public Q&A with the distinguished guests.

November 4: THE AUNTIE SEWING SQUAD & LOVE BOAT TAIWAN, two films by Valerie Soe, Professor of Film at San Francisco State University with a virtual Q&A and Artist Chat with the filmmaker. The Sewing Squad shines a light on a group of women of color who came together in response to the COVID. LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN examines the summer program sponsored by Taiwan.

November 16, 330-430PM: GOODBYE MOTHER director Trinh Dinh Le Minh in an Artist Talk with Professor Francis Tanglao Aguas. (Click Here for Online Screening via ROKU). Van, the heir of a Vietnamese clan, returns home for the move of his father's tomb. The family is surprised to find him going with a Vietnamese American named Ian. No one knows Ian is Van's boyfriend and they plan to come out to Van's widowed mother.

Fine Arts

A close collaboration with Steve Prince, Director for Community Engagement at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, and Asian Centennial Fine Arts Fellow Roberto Jamora, the goal of the Centennial Art Fellowship project is to expand the coverage and inclusion of art from Asian, Pacific Islander and Middle Eastern artists. Holistically, it seeks to diversify art creation and exhibition not only at W&M but also in the historical triangle area and the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.

September 28, 6PM: Artist Talk with Professor Roberto Jamora, Muscarelle Museum, Sheridan Gallery. Innaugural Asian Centennial Distinguished Fine Arts Fellow, the Filipino American artist Roberto Jamora presents his vision for expressing the W&M APM experience and history. (Co-sponsored by the Asian Centennial and the Muscarelle Museum.)

November 12, Noon, Sadler Center Commonwealth Auditorium: "Asian America Is In the Art" with Professor Roberto Jamora. Asian Centennial Distinguished Fine Arts Fellow Roberto Jamora previews his vision for expressing in visual art the APM experience and history at W&M. (Organized by the Asian Centennial.)

November 30, 6PM: Roberto Jamora's Asian Centennial Print Unveiling. Take a journey with Roberto Jamora while he creates a commemorative print for the Asian Centennial. This work will encapsulate his artistic vision regarding the Asian Pacific Middle Eastern experience at William & Mary. The resulting print will become a part of the Muscarelle Museum of Art’s collection and copies will be available for purchase.

March 4, 2022, TBD: Unveiling and Premiere of Asian Centennial Mixed Media Art Work by Roberto Jamora. Inspired by the experiences and contributions of the Asian/American, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern/Southwest Asian communities at William & Mary, Roberto Jamora premieres his latest mixed media art work.

April 15, 2022, TBD: Unveiling and Premiere of Original Print Work by Roberto Jamora. As part of his Asian Centennial Distinguished Fine Arts Fellowship, Roberto Jamora created an original abstract print of which 50 exclusive copies will be made available for purchase.

May 6, 2022, TBD: Unveiling and Premiere of the Khatalampay Commencement Stole by Roberto Jamora. Fusing three terms for scarf or stole (Katta, Hatta, Alampay), this fabric represents the various communities and cultures of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern/Southwest Asian descent at W&M. Building on the foundational design created by the Classes of 2020 and 2021, Roberto Jamora collaborated and consulted with alumni, students, and faculty to create the Khatalampay design that will be donned for the future alumni of APIM descent.

Literary & Performing Arts

From Horton Award winner Lloyd Suh's The Chinese Lady exploring Afong Moy's story in 1834 to the choreography of Leah Glenn to the music of the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble and the dance of Çudamani: Gamelan and Dance of Bali, we plan on curating diverse offerings of music, theatre and dance that expresses the history, experiences and aspirations of the APM community.

September 23: ÇUDAMANI: Gamelan and Dance of Bali, Indonesia (International Performers on US Tour) UCLA Professor Judy Mitoma tours this troupe of Balinese musicians and dancers. (Organized by Professor Anne Rasmussen, Music and AMES.)

October 8, 9PM, Sadler Commonwealth: 2021 Homecoming Comedian: Jenny Yang Comedian Jenny Yang is a former labor organizer turned stand up comedian, writer and actor. In 2020 she was selected as one of Variety’s “10 Comics To Watch” and Vulture’s “Comedians You Should Know.”  Jenny recently wrapped as a co-producer / writer for HBO Max’s “Gordita Chronicles” and previously for Fox’s “Last Man Standing” and E!’s late-night talk show “Busy Tonight” with Busy Philipps. She is the creator and host of “Comedy Crossing” a hit standup comedy show held inside the Animal Crossing video game and watched live via Zoom. Since June 2020, the show has raised nearly $40,000 for #BlackLivesMatter-related causes. Taiwan-born and Southern California-raised, Jenny was honored by President Obama as a “White House Champion of Change” for her leadership in “Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling" in 2016. Doors will open at 8:00 P.M. and the show will start at 9:00 P.M. in Commonwealth Auditorium, which is located inside the Sadler Center. Admission is free with William & Mary Student ID and $10 for the General Public (limited seating available)! (Organized by AMP, the primary campus-wide programming body at William & Mary. It strives to provide diverse, high-quality entertainment at a low cost to the university community, while also serving both as a resource and a co-programmer for other organizations.)

October 12 & 13, 730PM: "little brown gIRL" by Rinabeth Apostol, Kimball Theatre. A special cabaret by the inaugural Asian Distinguished Theatre Fellow about the Filipino American experience. (Funded by the W&M Theatre Class of 1939 Visiting Artist Residency  and The Arts & Sciences Faculty Grant Award, directed by Professor Francis Tanglao Aguas.) Get Tickets Here.

October 30, 2PM, Zoom Show: Javaad Alipoor Theater Company: This UK based Iranian British theatre troupe takes uses multi-platforms exploring intersection of politics & technology. (Funding: Class of 1939 Visiting Artist Residency, W&M Theatre, organized by Professor Mark Lerman, Theatre.)

November 3, 7PM: Writing & Identity: A Craft Conversation with Jung Hae Chae, Tucker Hall 127A. Jung Hae Chae is a poet and essayist working in South Orange, New Jersey. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Calyx Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Third Coast, and elsewhere. Her honors include the Ploughshares Emerging Writers Prize in Nonfiction, the Crazyhorse Prize in Nonfiction, and the Pushcart Prize. (Organized by the Creative Writing Program Faculty.)

November 10, 7PM, Tucker Hall Online: The Patrick Hayes Writers Series Presents Ye Chun. Ye Chun is a bilingual Chinese American writer and literary translator. Her debut collection of stories, Hao, came out from Catapult in 2021. She has also published two books of poetry, Travel Over Water and Lantern Puzzle, a novel in Chinese,Peach Tree in the Sea, and four volumes of translations. A recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and three Pushcart Prizes, she teaches at Providence College and lives in Providence, Rhode Island. (Organized by the Faculty of Creative Writing.)

JAVAAD ALIPOOR THEATER COMPANY, Zoom: This UK based Iranian British theatre troupe takes uses multi-platforms exploring intersection of politics & technology. (Funded by the Class of 1939 Visiting Artist Residency, W&M Theatre, and organized by Professor Mark Lerman, Theatre.)

November 12, 730PM, Ewell Recital Hall: The W&M Middle Eastern Music Ensemble Concert, feat. Johnny Farraj. Under Prof. Anne Rasmussen, the W&M Middle Eastern Music Ensemble performs with guest artist, Johnny Farraj. (Organized by Professor Anne Rasmessen, Music and AMES.)

November 16, 7PM: Michael X. Wang, Patrick Hayes Writer Series via Crowdcast. Michael X. Wang’s work has appeared in New England Review, Greensboro Review, Day One, and Juked, and won an AWP Intro Award. Further News of Defeat, his series of stories set in China and among the Chinese diaspora, recently won the 2021 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection. (Organized by the Creating Writing Program Faculty.) 

April 3, 2022, 2PM, Williamsburg Regional Library: "The Chinese Lady" by Lloyd Suh. Starring Rinabeth Apostol. Professor Francis Tanglao Aguas directs Rinabeth Apostol in Lloyd Suh's multi-award winning play on the life story of Afong Moy, who at 14 years old was brought to the US from Guanzhou Province in 1834. Allegedly the first Chinese woman to set foot on US soil, she has been put on display for the American public as "The Chinese Lady." For the next half-century, she performs for curious white people, showing them how she eats, what she wears, and the highlight of the event, she walks with bound feet. As the decades wear on, her celebrated sideshow comes to define and challenge her very sense of identity. Inspired by the true story of Afong Moy's life. THE CHINESE LADY is a dark, poetic, yet whimsical portrait of America through the eyes of the exotified reclaiming their agency. (Co-Produced by W&M Theatre, The Asian Centennial, and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies.)