Video artist Valerie Soe at DePaul University
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Chinese Gardens and The Oak Park Story
Two film screenings and an artist talk by acclaimed experimental video artist Valerie Soe
DePaul University Art Museum
935 W. Fullerton
Sponsored by Global Asian Studies and the Department of History of Art and Architecture
This event is FREE and open to the public
Valerie Soe is a San Francisco writer, educator, and artist whose experimental videos and installations, which look at gender and cultural identity and anti-racism struggles, have exhibited at venues such as the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum in New York City, and at film festivals worldwide. Her most recent award-winning documentary, The Oak Park Story <http://www.theoakparkstory.com/> (2010) has exhibited widely across the country. Soe is also the author of the blog beyondasiaphilia.com <http://beyondasiaphilia.com/> , which looks at Asian American art, film, culture, and activism. beyondasiaphilia is the recipient of a 2012 Art Writers’ Grant from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation, one of only seven such grants awarded in the U.S. She is an Assistant Professor in the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University, where she teaches film history and production, cultural criticism, art and social practice, and media
Chinese Gardens – Racism, resistance, and the hidden history of Chinese Americans
The Chinese Gardens looks at the lost Chinese community in Port Townsend, Washington,
examining anti-Chinese violence—lynchings, beatings, and murders—in the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800s and drawing connections between past and present race relations in the U.S.
The Oak Park Story
The Oak Park Story (2010, 22 min.) is a documentary film that recounts the journeys of three families – from Cambodia, Mexico, and California – who band together at a run-down slum in Oakland CA and win a landmark settlement against their landlord.
The film is directed, edited, co-produced and co-written by Valerie Soe and co-produced and co-written by Russell Jeung, both of whom are professors of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University.
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