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Transnational Lives in Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Việt Lê – The Kellogg University Art Gallery, California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Transnational Lives in Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Việt Lê

Sat. Feb. 27 – Sat. Apr. 23, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 27, 4-7pm
Artists’ Talks: Saturday, February 27, 4:45pm
Artists’ Symposium: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, 1-3pm at BSC, Ursa Minor
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The Weglyn Endowed Chair for Multicultural Studies and the Kellogg University Art
Gallery are proud to sponsor the exhibitions of Laura Kina and Việt Le. Their artworks
highlight the nuanced nature of Transnational Lives in Motion among Asian American
and Pacific Islander communities. Despite Asian Americans’ contributions to the U.S. for
over three centuries, the perceptions of these communities are relegated to thinking of
them as ‘perpetual foreigners’ or consigned to model minority stereotypes. The shifting
global standing of Asian countries has changed the discourse to take into account that
Asian Americans are neither here nor there, but everywhere, as they actively partake in
transnational lives. Policies, wars, employment, and family reunifications have led to the
movement of Asian lives across the globe, transcending nations, and blurring global
boundaries as their lives are in motion. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders today are
able to stay connected to their homeland, and others are reconstructing their multiple
identities in a nation that tries to contain them. To complicate the Asian American
experience is to understand that these communities are complex and diverse, which
adds to the continued challenges in the way we think about the layered identities and
communities of Asian American and Pacific Islander peoples. Transnational Lives in
Motion: The Art of Laura Kina and Việt Lê examines the ways in which Asian American
transnationals construct and reconstruct the fabric of their identities based on their
location, space and time. From mixed-race identities with global connections, to
communities who seek refuge in the U.S. from the legacies of wars, this exhibit
highlights a few issues, which impact immigrant, refugee, and multi-racial ethnic
communities living transnational lives.

Laura Kina’s exhibition, named after her latest series, Uchinanchu, and Việt Lê’s trilogy
lovebang! will be exhibited simultaneously, and for the first time, for each artist.
Uchinanchu combines Asian and Pacific Islander pop-culture textiles, fabrics and T-shirts,
formulated into colorful, large-scale tapestries, with traditional painting motifs
addressing how the assimilation of multiple cultures fold meticulously into one personal,
yet collective, journey. Việt Lê’s lovebang! Trilogy Premiere includes video installations
lovebang!, eclipse, and the world premiere of heARTbreak! — each, together, transect
the topics of Asian pop-culture, hip-hop, sex, homo-eroticism and being transgender,
with struggle and war, nostalgia and heartbreak.

Co-curated by Mary Yu Danico and Michele Cairella Fillmore

GALLERY HOURS
THE KELLOGG UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY
Mon-Tues 4-8p
Wed-Thurs 12-4p
Sat-Sun 12-4p
Fridays Closed.
Friday viewing arrangements made by appointment only.
LOCATION INFO
The Kellogg University Art Gallery is located at the
Northside of the Bronco Student Center in Building 35A
at California State Polytechnic University Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona CA 91768

CONTACT INFORMATION
Kellogg Gallery Direct: 909-869-4302
Huntley Gallery Direct: 909-979-5556
Email: artgalleries@cpp.edu
Websites:
facebook.com/kelloggartgallery
facebook.com/thehuntleygallery
cpp.edu/~artgalleries
Galleries Curator: Michele Cairella Fillmore
PR 2016K Transnational Lives in Motion.L.Kina.V.Le

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Asian American Literary Review releases: (Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 July 15, 2015

CONTACT: Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, Editor-In-Chief, The Asian American Literary Review

editors@aalrmag.org                      www.aalrmag.org

 

ASIAN AMERICAN LITERARY REVIEW RELEASES SPECIAL ISSUE EXPLORING LEGACIES OF THE VIETNAM WAR, COMMEMORATING 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF FALL OF SAIGON

 

April 30, 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, the end of a war that claimed the lives of an estimated 58,260 American troops and over 4 million Southeast Asians across Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. In the U.S. today, “Vietnam” signifies not a country but a lasting syndrome that haunts American politics and society, from debates about foreign policy to popular culture. But what of the millions of Southeast Asian refugees the War created? What, in this moment of commemoration and reflection, are the lasting legacies of the Vietnam War / American War for Southeast Asian diasporic communities?

 

(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War, a special issue of The Asian American Literary Review slated for release in late summer 2015, poses these questions to leading artists, writers, and thinkers. Novel in form and approach, the issue is an innovative teaching tool, contemplating the conflict as both remembered and traumatic event through a wealth of original multimedia art, a sweeping flipbook animation running the length of the collection, literary and scholarly engagements, and more.

 

Guest-edited by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials and Sylvia Shin Huey Chong, with guest curation by Mariam Lam, Viet Le, and Vo Chuong-Dai, the issue features contributions by Monique Truong and UuDam Nguyen, Lan Cao, Kao Kalia Yang, Nick Ut, Yen Le Espiritu, Anida Yoeu Ali, Sayon Syprasoeuth, Soul Vang, Bryan Thao Worra, Yong Soon Min, Hoi Trinh, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Phothyzan Bounpaul, Frederic Sanchez, Vandy Rattana, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Cathy Linh Che, Bao Phi and Simrat Kang, Mai Der Vang, Jai Arun Ravine, Bee Vang and Louisa Schein, and Ocean Vuong, among others. The issue also forms the core of a teaching program that will virtually connect university classrooms across the country to teach and learn together about the War and the worlds it created.

 

Sponsors include:

 

Association for Asian American Studies • Institute for Asia and Asia Diasporas at Binghamton University SUNY • University of Connecticut Asian and Asian American Studies Institute • Southeast Asia: Text, Ritual and Performance • Race and Ethnic Studies, St. Olaf College • Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU • UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Department • Department of English and the Division of Arts and Humanities at Queens College, CUNY • Department of American Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • UC Irvine Department of Asian American Studies • Northwestern University Asian American Studies Program • UMass Lowell Center for Asian American Studies • University of Pennsylvania Asian American Studies Program • Mt. Holyoke College English Department • Y-Dang Troeung • Jennifer Hayashida & Benj Gerdes • Ma Vang, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, UC Merced • University of Minnesota Department of Curriculum & Instruction • Department of Asian American Studies at UCLA • Wesleyan University, Academic Affairs and College of East Asian Studies • UMass Boston Asian American Studies Program • UC San Diego Ethnic Studies Department • University of Virginia Department of English and Asian Pacific American Studies • Viet Le • Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network

 

To see a sample table of contents, or to order the issue, visit http://aalr.binghamton.edu/recollecting-the-vietnam-war-table-of-contents/. To inquire about the teaching program or institutional subscription, please contact us at editors@aalrmag.org.

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Teaching the Legacies of the Vietnam War — AALR

http://aalr.binghamton.edu/teaching-the-legacies-of-the-vietnam-war/

April 30, 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, the end of a war that claimed the lives of an estimated 58,260 American troops and over 4 million Southeast Asians across Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. In the U.S. today, “Vietnam” signifies not a country but a lasting syndrome that haunts American politics and society, from debates about foreign policy to popular culture. And what of the millions of Southeast Asian refugees the War created? What, in this moment of commemoration and reflection, are the lasting legacies of the Vietnam War / American War for Southeast Asian diasporic communities?

 

(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War, a special issue of The Asian American Literary Review slated for release in fall 2015, poses these questions to leading artists, writers, and thinkers. Novel in form and approach, the issue is an innovative teaching tool, contemplating the conflict as both remembered and traumatic event through a wealth of original multimedia art, a sweeping flipbook animation running the length of the collection, spreads of critical-creative cartography, and more. Guest-edited by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials and Sylvia Chong, with guest curation by Mariam Lam, Viet Le, and Chuong-Dai Vo, the issue features contributions byMonique Truong, Lan Cao, Kao Kalia Yang, Nick Ut, Yen Le Espiritu, Maya Espiritu,Anida Yoeu Ali, Emily Hue, Sayon Syprasoeuth, Soul Vang, Bryan Thao Worra, An-My Le, Yong Soon Min, Hoi Trinh, Viet Nguyen, Phothyzan Bounpaul, Sovan Philong, Frederic Sanchez, Vandy Rattana, Andre Yang, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Cathy Linh Che,Bao Phi, Mai Der Vang, Jai Arun Ravine, Bee Vang and Louisa Schein, Thi Bui, and Simrat Kang, among others.

 

 

TEACHING PROGRAM

(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War forms the core of a teaching program that will virtually connect university classrooms across the country to teach and learn together about the War and the worlds it created. You teach the special issue, and we’ll provide dynamic resources and opportunities for interaction with other classrooms. We’ll have in place “digital extras,” videos and podcasts by editors, curators, and contributors, as well as a shared curriculum of activities and projects building from the issue, including interactive virtual spaces designed to put students in conversation with one another. We’ll also help seed one-on-one videoconferencing between classes for those interested. The goal is a national conversation that builds academic community, a dialogue among students and teachers across the U.S. and beyond that challenges and grows our understandings of the War and its complex aftermath.

 

HOW IT CAN WORK FOR MY CLASSROOM

To accommodate a wide variety of schedules and class needs, we’re making the commitment open-ended: we’ll have the program live throughout the fall and early winter of 2015, from September through mid-December, with curricular materials and exchange possibilities available throughout—but your class can participate for anywhere from a week to the entire academic term.

 

PARTICIPATING CLASSROOMS

10 professors at 9 universities have already pledged to participate, and we expect many more as the program develops: Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, University of Connecticut • Sylvia Chong, University of Virginia • Mimi Khúc, University of Maryland • Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, University of Maryland • Catherine Fung, Bentley University • Y-Dang Troeung, Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong • Caroline Hong, Queens College, City University of New York • Audrey Wu Clark, U.S. Naval Academy • Ma Vang, University of California, Merced • Sue Kim, University of Massachusetts Lowell

 

SPECIAL ISSUE/TEACHING PROGRAM SPONSORS

This special issue and its teaching program are proudly sponsored by:

 

Institute for Asia and Asia Diasporas at Binghamton University of the State University of New York • University of Connecticut Asian and Asian American Studies Institute • University of Maryland Asian American Studies Program • Southeast Asia: Text, Ritual and Performance • Race and Ethnic Studies, St. Olaf College • Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University • University of California, Berkeley Ethnic Studies Department • Department of English and the Division of Arts and Humanities at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) • Department of American Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • University of California, Irvine Department of Asian American Studies • Northwestern University Asian American Studies Program • University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Asian American Studies • University of Pennsylvania Asian American Studies Program

 

If you’re interested in joining the teaching program, sponsoring or otherwise supporting the issue, or learning more, please contact us at editors@aalrmag.org.

 

 

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Việt Lê lecture at UIC April 1, 2013 4:00-5:30pm

UIC Asian American Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies proudly present:

Việt Lê. April 1st 4:00- 5:30 pm

Daley Library Conference room 1-470
801 S Morgan St Chicago IL 60607

Reception Following

Free and Open to the Public

Lê’s talk, “Transnational Desires Or, Memory, Autobiography, Photography
and Pornography,” discusses artistic and curatorial practice, including his
*boy bang/ gang band *series and recent retro sci fi project–*Love
Bang!*–a sexperimental art music video. His work deals with the
intersections of popular culture, sexuality and the traumas of history and
modernity in diasporic Southeast Asia.

You can see *Love Bang!* here:
http://www.youtube.com*

watch an interview with Viet Le at
http://diacritics.org/2012/love-bang

and see some of his previous work at www.vietle.net.

Việt Lê is an artist, writer, and curator. His work deals with popular
visual culture, historical trauma, and modernity in Southeast Asia and its
diasporas, particularly Việt Nam and Cambodia. Lê has been published
in *positions: asia critique; Crab Orchard Review; Fuse; Amerasia Journal;
Asia Art Archive; Newsweek Asia*; and the anthologies *Writing from the
Perfume River; Strange Cargo; The Spaces Between Us*; *Modern and
Contemporary Southeast Asian Art; *among others. Lê’s artwork has been
featured at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; DoBaeBacSa Gallery, Seoul,
Korea; Cape Museum of Fine Arts, MA, USA; 1a Space, Hong Kong; among other
venues. Lê has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation,
Fulbright-Hays, William Joiner Center, Fine Arts Work Center, Center for
Khmer Studies, and PEN Center USA Lê curated *Miss Saigon with the
Wind*(Highways, Santa Monica) and *Charlie Don’t Surf!* (Centre A,
Vancouver, BC); and co-curated *humor us*(Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery,
LA, CA), and *transPOP: Korea Việt Nam Remix* (Seoul, Sài Gòn, Irvine, San
Francisco) and the 2012 *Kuandu Biennale* (Taipei). He has co-edited special
issues of BOL Journal (*Việt Nam and Us*, 2008) and *Reflections: A Journal
of Writing, Service Learning, and Community Literacy* (Syracuse University
Press, 2008). Lê received his MFA from the University of California,
Irvine, where he has also taught Studio Art and Visual Culture courses. He
received his doctorate from the University of Southern California and was a
postdoctoral fellow at Academia Sinica, Taipei. Lê is an Assistant
Professor in the Visual Studies Program and Visual & Critical Studies
Graduate Program at California College of the Arts, San Francisco.

For more information about the event, contact Laura Fugikawa at
<fugikawa@uic.edu>.

Download the poster.

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